TWO costly crashes denied Ben Wilson a potential double win at Donington Park over the weekend.
It proved to be a round to forget for Wilson in the British Supersport Championship, with the Kirton rider seeing any chance of a top three finish evaporate.
Although the Gearlink Kawasaki rider was running at the front of both races over the weekend, he slid off each time in his efforts to gain the race lead – ensuring he travelled back to Lincolnshire empty handed.
Wilson had been testing in the two week interval between Cadwell Park and Donington and the team had made some major changes to the bike in an effort to return him back to the sharp end of the competition.
The changes certainly made a difference to Wilson’s performance, as he was back on form and made a fantastic start to the sprint race on Saturday.
He was running third in a group of five riders all challenging for the win and was matching the power of the others with ease.
The red flag brought the race to a halt after six laps and a five lap dash to the flag followed.
Starting from the front row, Wilson got away to lead the field around the first two laps but Jack Kennedy passed him at Craner Curves on lap three and Chris Iddon tried to follow through. Wilson staved off the challenge, but as they exited the last corner at Goddards he was pushed wide and slid off into the gravel trap for a race-ending crash.
Determined to make up for the non-finish in the first outing, Wilson began race two from the front row and once again got the hole shot into Redgate.
He held station for four laps until he was reeled in by Luke Mossey who took up the lead on lap five. Wilson stayed in his tyre tracks and was challenging for the lead at the Melbourne Loop when the front washed away from him and the luckless rider was once again left to slide out of the race.
Wilson said: “I am disappointed to have crashed in both races.
“But on the positive side I appear to be back on form with my starts. I got away very well both times and was able to match the speed of the championship contenders.
“The changes we made have made a lot of difference and have restored my confidence in the bike and I am sure we will be up there at the front next time out.”
After his Donington disappointment, Wilson drops a place in the overall rider standings to fifth on 185 points.
But with three rounds (six races) left to run he could soon move back into contention to end the season in fourth place.
The next round is at Assen in Holland when the series moves to Europe for the first time (September 21–23).
This will be a first for numerous riders, including Wilson, but he is up for the challenge and is anxious to learn the circuit as quickly as possible so he can bring home a couple of good results and some championship points from the experience.
• Standings: 1st J Kennedy 310.5pts; 2nd G Richards; 300pts; 3rd B Mcconnell 261pts; 4th C Iddon 186.5pts; 5th B Wilson 185pts.