BSB: First reaction: Easton makes MotoRapido Ducati debut

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Stuart Easton stepped aboard the Lloyds British MotoRapido Ducati for the first time today as the team test at Cadwell Park in preparation for round eight of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. 

Easton has so far completed three runs of the quirky Lincolnshire circuit on the Panigale R he will campaign for the rest of the season after parting company with the ePayMe Yamaha team last month.  

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“It’s very different, but that was to be expected and I was well prepared for that,” he told MCN at the track. “It’s not in a bad way, it’s just completely different to the Yamaha. I’ve done three decent runs so far and each time I feel better on the bike.

“We’re not looking at lap times, just setting the bike up for me – moving the gear lever, putting different handlebars on to move the bars closer to the seat as I’m a lot smaller than most riders. That should help me get more comfortable with the bike and get used to it, that’s the aim for at least today!”

“In time I think it will be really good. I’ve ridden Ducatis in the past and they don’t feel like they are flying along the straight but they are! They are deceptive in the way that they ghost along. Once I do get up to speed and get used to the bike, that should suit me as I never really over-ride a bike, I hardly move on them! On the other side, I can already tell it’s quite a physical bike but they all are now, they are 200bhp+ superbikes and don’t ride themselves.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing