MOTORCYCLING: Wilson extends Supersport lead

Delight: Wilson on the podium after the second race. Photo: Helen Pask

Delight: Wilson on the podium after the second race. Photo: Helen Pask

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BEN Wilson stretched his lead in the British Supersport Championship with a super pair of races at Knockhill.

He rode to a strong third place in the wet on Saturday and followed up with a sensational win in the second encounter on Sunday.

The results extended his series lead over nearest rival Alistair Seeley to 59 points.

He rounded off the day by being awarded rider of the day and was presented with a bottle of champagne by Eurosport commentator Jamie Whitham.

The notoriously changeable Knockhill weather played its part in qualifying and the first race on Saturday. In wet conditions Wilson powered his Gearlink Kawasaki through to second place for a front row start to his first race and he rode to a strong third place behind Sam Warren and Alistair Seeley.

With Sunday came the sunshine – until the Supersport race took to the grid. The two Gearlink Kawasaki riders, Wilson and Jesse Trayler, lined up side by side on the second row.

Wilson moved into the lead on lap two but was chased all the way by Seeley, who briefly took the lead on lap 17 of 20.

Wilson regained his position at the hairpin a few seconds later and broke the lap record on lap 18. He broke it again on the penultimate lap to establish a new record of 50.025 seconds – 91.48mph.

Wilson (29), from Kirton, picked up a further 41 championship points to bring his total to 208 while nearest rival Alistair Seeley scored 40 bringing his total to 149.

“I am really happy with the win,” said Wilson. “The bike ran really well and I just needed to get into a rhythm.

“I am really happy with the lap record and also the Rider of the Day award. It’s a team effort and we all worked together to pull off the win and extend the series lead – albeit only by one point!”

The next round is nearer to home at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 3.