MOTORCYCLING: Ben pleased to be making progress
Kirton rider Ben Wilson recorded 11th and ninth places in round two of the British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park over the bank holiday weekend - moving to ninth in the standings on 23 points.
He completed qualifying in 21st overall (16th in his class) in the mixed grid of Supersport and Moto2 riders to begin Saturday’s Sprint race from a seventh row grid
Wilson got away to one of his customary flying starts and promptly moved up to 15th place.
He then became embroiled in a battle for position within a group of four riders and, as the laps progressed, he picked them off one at a time until he reached 11th place.
With multi-TT winner Ian Hutchinson more than five seconds ahead, Wilson had no chance of further progress and completed the 12-lap affair in a creditable 11th place on his class to pick up five championship points which put him 10th in the rider standings on 16 points.
Starting the feature race on Monday from the sixth row, Wilson managed another of his good starts and moved up into 16th place.
One lap later he passed Rory Skinner and when two riders fell on lap three, he was up into the top 10.
Wilson continued to move forward and was running in eighth place on lap nine but one lap later Hutchinson made a pass and he was back into ninth place.
The race was red-flagged as a two-rider crash left debris on the track and a result was called at 10 laps distance.
Wilson was awarded ninth place and seven championship points which move him up to ninth in the overall rider standings.
He said: “I am pleased that I am progressing and gradually building up my speed.
“We are still developing the new Kawasaki and still not quite there with the set-up. But with more track time it will come good.
“Thanks to my team for their hard work at Oulton Park and to my sponsors who have stuck with me over the past three years.”
The next round is at Donington Park on the National circuit over the bank holiday weekend of May 24-26.