Wilson’s highs and lows

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BEN Wilson suffered a weekend of mixed emotions at Snetterton - taking a podium finish before crashing out of the second race.

The two results at Snetterton saw the Kirton rider slip a place to fourth in the British Supersport standings.

However, with 16 races over eight rounds left to go, he remains defiant that he can still improve on last year’s second place finish.

“I am really disappointed not to have finished the second race,” said Wilson.

“It was always going to be an uphill battle with the set up here at Snetterton, and we did struggle most of the weekend.

“I was happy enough with the podium in race one but then was left with nowhere to go in the second race and could not avoid the crash.”

Wilson rode to a solid third place in the first race in Norfolk on Saturday, but crashed out of race two in a fifth lap incident on Sunday.

The Gearlink Kawasaki team have always struggled to find a suitable set-up for the 2.99-mile Norfolk circuit, and this weekend was no exception.

Wilson rode hard in qualifying and claimed a second row start in fifth place for the 10-lap sprint race on Saturday.

As the lights went out, he got the hole shot and led the field.

But he was soon overtaken by Glen Richards.

Championship leader Jack Kennedy demoted him to third place on lap two, but Wilson remained in touch with the leading duo and reclaimed second place as they went under the bridge on lap six.

But Kennedy and Richards were too quick and, although he caught them on cornering, he was beaten back on the long fast straights.

At the end of the 10 laps he crossed the finish line in third place.

Having put in the fourth fastest lap of the race, Wilson began race two on Sunday from a front row grid position and again got the hole shot into the first corner.

But once again he was beaten back by Richards.

Although he did briefly regain the lead, he made a mistake and clipped the dirt which caused him to lose ground back to fourth place - and then to fifth as Christian Iddon went past.

But it all came to nothing as a rider ahead slowed and Wilson, plus Luke Jones, had nowhere to go except to crash.

Wilson will return to Supersport action at Knockhill on June 24.

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