Kirton speed king setting pace ahead of new season

Ben Wilson testing his new Gearlink Kawasaki bike ahead of the new British Superbike Championship season.

Ben Wilson testing his new Gearlink Kawasaki bike ahead of the new British Superbike Championship season.

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Kirton star Ben Wilson is fine-tuning his preparations for the new MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship after positive signs in the sun.

The Gearlink Kawasaki rider put his new bike through its paces with a two-day testing session near Barcelona, Spain, followed by a session at Donington Park last Tuesday.

Ben will follow it up with more test runs at Snetterton today and tomorrow in readiness for the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend when Ben and his bike will make their debut in the series.

“This is a new venture for my team and we expect to encounter some niggling problems as we have no data from previous outings at Donington,” Ben said.

“The guys have worked day and night to get the bike up and running and everything is going more or less to plan.

“We’ve just put the bike through its paces and given the boys in the garage the feedback.

“But testing is precisely that and not a race as to who can put up the fastest lap.”

Brands Hatch’s short Indy circuit will host the first two Superbike races of the season on Easter Monday.

Before that, Ben’s bike will undergo testing on Good Friday before the first two practice sessions on Saturday and a third on Easter Sunday ahead of the three-stage qualifying laps later the same day.

Ben said: “I’m looking forward to getting back on a Superbike, but we have to get as much of the groundwork done as possible prior to the first round at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend.

“The bike is coming on well, the team are working hard to give me a good package and we are aiming our sights at being at the sharp end of the field.”

Meanwhile, Wyberton-based Superstock 1,000 Bikes team G&S Kawasaki Racing had a very successful test at Donington Park where Dutch rider Kevin Van Leuven had his first-ever session on British soil.

Tom Fisher and Dominic Usher also put in some fast laps, although Fisher was hindered by a broken thumb which is taking its time to heal.

Usher finished up as sixth fastest in the combined times, with Fisher slightly further down the pecking order.

“My thumb is not quite healed as yet and caused me a considerable amount of pain,” Fisher said.

“But it’s getting better every day and apart from that, I felt comfortable on the bike.””