MOTORCYCLING: Silver lining as Ben breaks Supersport duck

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BEN Wilson’s season-long wait for a British Supersport Championship win finally came to an end at Silverstone on Sunday.

After taking a hard fought fifth place in the first race a day earlier, the Kirton ace went on to grab the win in the feature race.

A disappointing qualifying session saw Wilson begin Saturday’s sprint race from a third row grid position.

The Gearlink Kawasaki ace got away to a good start and was mixing it with the front runners throughout the nine laps.

The two leaders pulled away, leaving Wilson to battle it out with Billy McConnell and Graeme Gowland for the final podium place.

Wilson held third place for a while, but was beaten back in the drag to the flag and completed the race in fifth place.

All three riders crossed the line together with just four hundredths of a second separating McConnell and Wilson.

Race two on Sunday was a real thriller. Wilson set off from the second row and got a lightening start to take up third place at the first corner.

He then moved up to second before hitting the front, with Jack Kennedy and Christian Iddon right in his tyre tracks.

One lap later and it was Kennedy who took control at the front, but Wilson again shot past him at Stowe corner – only for Kennedy to snatch the position back at Luffield.

Lap three saw Wilson in the lead again, but he was mugged by Kennedy, Iddon and Richard Cooper.

He was back at the front on the following lap, as six riders continued to fight it out for the victory.

But when Glenn Irwin highsided and crashed, the group was split and the top four riders made a break from the rest of the field.

Wilson regained the race lead on lap seven of 12 and managed to pull out a 0.8 second gap. But he was being hunted down by Cooper,who was also looking for his first race win.

Cooper tried in vain to pass the Lincolnshire racer, but he was having none of it and staved off the challenge to cross the finish line with a 0.3 second advantage.

A delighted Wilson said: “It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a difficult season for us but now we have our first win under our belts we want more.

“I have to give a massive thanks to my team, Gearlink Kawasaki, who have worked so hard to get the bike prepared for me this weekend. We have struggled all season for one reason or another but it all came together this weekend and we got the result we so desperately wanted.”

The season finale is set for Brands Hatch on October 14, with Wilson likely to finish in fifth place in the overall rider standings.

• Wilson has announced he will remain with the Gearlink Kawasaki race team for a fourth term.

Although it was agreed in principal at Assen two weeks ago, Wilson and the team have just made the news official.

He said: “I have been really happy with the Gearlink Kawasaki team over the past three years.

“Although we havent found the success we hoped for this year, I think we have now turned the corner and the win at Silverstone is certainly encouraging for the future.

“(2013) will be my fourth year with Gearlink Kawasaki and with a new bike in the pipeline for next year we will be working towards winning the British Supersport championship together.”