First podium of the season for James East

James East Royston superbikes rider Brands Hatch

James East Royston superbikes rider Brands Hatch - Credit: Archant

James East took his first podium finish of the season in the latest round of the 2015 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Royston rider’s combined qualifyng times saw him starting from the second row of the grid in fourth place.

On raceday, East was riding hard from the off, and despite dropping from fourth to sixth, he was still in contention.

Biding his time, he gradually honed in on the riders ahead of him.

With very few laps remaining, he took his opportunity, passing two rivals to climb to fourth place.

Third-placed Jesse Trayler was then towing East around the final few bends.

Preparing to make a last corner move to edge ahead of Trayler, he was then gifted the third step of the podium when series leader Josh Elliott fell at Clearways corner, leaving East to bring his Downshift Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki home for a fine result.