Ben Wilson gives a defiant thumbs from hospital following North West 200 crash

Ben Wilson gives the thumbs up.
Ben Wilson gives the thumbs up.

Kirton rider Ben Wilson is in hospital in Northern Ireland following a heavy crash in practice at the North West 200.

Wilson had already completed the Supersport and Superbike practice sessions with no problem.

Ben Wilson puts his hand on the imaginary throttle to show fans he is ok following his collisions.

Ben Wilson puts his hand on the imaginary throttle to show fans he is ok following his collisions.

But in the last few minutes of the Superstock session the red flag came out to bring the practice to an early end to enable the medics to attend to Wilson, who had crashed the Aprilia out on the course.

He has a compound break to his femur and was transferred from Coleraine to Londonderry hospital where, last night, he underwent a five-hour operation to clean the wound which will prevent infection.

Wilson is due to have a further operation within the next few days.

However, Wilson appeared in good spirits as he played up to the camera on his way to hospital and from his bed, offering a thumbs up and also posing as if he had one hand on the throttle and showing the ‘number one’ with his other hand.