Wilson bids to turn championship season around

Ben Wilson in Superbike action.
Ben Wilson in Superbike action.
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Ben Wilson is looking to put his bike problems behind him as he travels north of the border this weekend.

The Kirton racer is aiming to get among the points in the latest round of the MCE British Superbike championship at Knockhill.

G & S Kawasaki rider Tom Fisher.

G & S Kawasaki rider Tom Fisher.

Following his disappointing weekend at Snetterton in the previous round, where he suffered a crash in the first race and finished 15th in the second to pick up just a single championship point, Wilson will be looking to turn his championship around at one of his favourite circuits.

Riding for Gearlink Kawasaki, Wilson has had his fair share of problems with the Superbike as, being in the early stages of development, it is still throwing up a few issues that seem difficult to resolve.

However, Wilson is hoping the short, undulating circuit in Scotland will provide the turning point of his season.

The weekend begins tomorrow with two free practice sessions – the first at 10.10am followed by the second at 3.20pm.

The final free practice session is on Saturday at 10.20am ahead of the three-stage qualifying laps at 4.05pm.

There is a 10-minute warm-up on Sunday at 9.35am to check all is well for the start of the first 30-lap race at 1.30pm.

The second race is due on track at 4.30pm and again will be run over 30 laps of the Scottish circuit.

Qualifying on Saturday and both races on Sunday will be screened live on British Eurosport 2.

Meanwhile, Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki will have three riders in action at Knockhill.

Kevin Van Leuven has a mammoth task on his hands to learn his way around the circuit as he has never set foot in Scotland before, let alone seen the Knockhill track.

He will be hoping to quickly become accustomed to the twisty circuit and its infamous hairpin, which catches out many riders.

The Dutch rider will compete in the Stock 600 race and will be looking to add to his points tally.

Tom Fisher and Dominic Usher will be concentrating all their efforts on the Stock 1000 race and both riders will be hoping for a good finish.

Usher is looking to score his first points of the current campaign while Fisher will be aiming to build on his strong result from Snetterton last time out as he seeks to edge into the top 20.

The Stock 600 begins with free practice at 11.05am tomorrow followed by first qualifying at 4.15pm.

Final qualifying is on Saturday at noon, ahead of Sunday’s warm-up at 9.19am.

The 22-lap race is scheduled to start at 12.35pm.

The Stock 1000 riders begin their campaign tomorrow with free practice at 11.40am followed by first qualifying at 4.45pm.

Saturday sees the riders back on track for final qualifying at 12.30pm and morning warm-up on Sunday takes place at 9.05am, ahead of the 24-lap race at 11am.