Nightmare weekend for Wilson

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Snetterton proved to be a disaster for Kirton rider Ben Wilson when he was unable to complete one lap in qualifying due to issues with the bike and then crashed out of both races.

Wilson had suffered all weekend with the Kawasaki but did at least manage to record five or six laps in each of the two free practice sessions on Friday.

But once the solitary qualifying began on Saturday, Wilson returned to the pits without a lap to his name and was forced to begin the sprint race from the back of the grid.

But although he got away to a good start, he was in the middle of the pack, fighting for places, and was caught out as he jostled and crashed on the first lap.

Wilson was again was placed on the back row of the grid for the start of the feature race and this time the bike shot off the line, making up places to 14th on the first lap. Wilson continued to move up-field and powered through to eighth position on lap seven of 15.

He set about reeling in Jake Dixon, who was circulating some five seconds ahead, but it all went wrong when he crashed out at the newly-named Agostini corner on lap nine.

Wilson said: “I just don’t know what I can say, it’s been a mare of a weekend, I just want to put it behind me and move on to the next round.”

Even if Wilson had not caught Dixon and if he had finished the race, he would have been sixth as the two leaders crashed on the final lap gifting the win to Glenn Irwin.

The next round is at Knockhill in Scotland over the weekend of July 3-5, when Wilson will be seeking two top results to get him back into contention with the championship leaders.