Outstanding end to season for Ben Wilson

Pictured, from left, are Alastair Seeley, Lucy Jones, Natalie Young and Ben Wilson. Photo: David Salisbury.
Pictured, from left, are Alastair Seeley, Lucy Jones, Natalie Young and Ben Wilson. Photo: David Salisbury.

BEN Wilson has been awarded the Outstanding Rider of the Year award by the CJ Riders Fund charity.

The Kirton rider will share the title with his British Supersport rival Alistair Seeley, who pipped him to the title by a single point following the final race of the season.

Wilson’s riding skills have been recognised by the fund at their annual dinner and awards evening in Birmingham.

The award was presented for his stunning performances throughout the season in which he was hardly ever off the podium.

With nine race wins, seven seconds and two third places under his belt he was unfortunate to miss out on the title.

The award was shared jointly between Ben and Seeley, with whom he had some monumental battles.

Both riders were presented with a crystal rose bowl and a bottle of champagne.

Wilson said: “I am delighted to have been honoured in this way.

“All credit is due to my team and all the staff at Gearlink Kawasaki who have gone that extra mile to ensure I have one of the best bikes in the paddock.

“I will be back next year as I have unfinished business in the British Supersport class.”

The CJ Riders Fund was set up in memory of Chris Jones who lost his life at Cadwell Park seven years ago.

Fundraising events take place throughout the year with proceeds going towards assisting injured riders.

Wilson - who was also named Boston Standard Sports Personality of the Year - will continue with the Gearlink Kawasaki team for 2012.