Ankle fracture ends Ben Wilson’s British Supersport season prematurely

Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

British Supersport rider Ben Wilson has had an ankle operation after a heavy crash during qualifying brought his season to a premature end at Brands Hatch.

The weather conditions at Brands on Saturday were far from ideal and numerous riders fell in the slippery, wet conditions, Wilson being one of them.

Qualifying was going well for the Kirton ace and he had just returned to the track after pitting for a new tyre at the midway stage of the session.

He was about to complete his out lap when he crashed at Clearways and had to be helped away to safety by the marshalls before being taken to the medical centre for assessment.

After being diagnosed with a fracture to the right ankle, his leg was put into a plastercast to stabalise the bones and make him more comfortable for the journey home.

He was admitted to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where he was expected to undergo an operation on Sunday to pin the ankle.

Ending his season prematurely means Wilson missed out on the chance to regain third place in the standings, with his Gearlink Kawasaki teammate Alastair Seeley also having a bad weekend, missing out on the championship to Stuart Easton.

Final standings: 1 Stuart Easton – 422 (champion), 2 Alastair Seeley – 409, 3 Billy McConnell – 327, 4 Ben Wilson – 303, 5 Graeme Gowland - 245.