MOTORSPORT: Ben’s getting into gear for new season

Winners: From left - Alastair Seeley, Lucy Jones, Natalie Young and Ben Wilson. Photo: David Salisbury.

Winners: From left - Alastair Seeley, Lucy Jones, Natalie Young and Ben Wilson. Photo: David Salisbury.

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BEN Wilson will look to go one better in the British Supersport Championship next season after agreeing to stay with Gearlink Kawasaki.

The Kirton ace, who missed out on the title by one point after an epic battle with eventual winner Alastair Seeley, won nine races in 2011.

Seeley eventually took the championship after an epic final weekend at Brands Hatch in October, but Wilson was considered by many to be the “people’s champion.”

With little to chose between them, both riders were recently unveiled as the joint winners of the CJ Riders Fund charity Outstanding Rider of the Year award.

The high-octane pair got their hands on the coveted accolade at an annual dinner and awards evening in Birmingham, while also being presented with a crystal rose bowl and a bottle of champagne.

Wilson said: “I am delighted to have been honoured in this way. All credit is due to my team and all the staff at Gearlink Kawasaki who have gone that extra mile to ensure I have one of the best bikes in the paddock available.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my sponsors for their continued support as without their input I would not have been in a position to have raced let alone win awards.

“I will be back next season as I have unfinished business in the British Supersport class.”