Wilson’s sitting in 10th spot

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Ben Wilson earned a points finish in one of his two British Superbike championship rounds at Oulton Park this May Day Bank Holiday.

The three free practice sessions were spent trying to get the bike dialled in prior to qualifying.

Wilson made frequent visits to the pits for adjustments but was running out of time to find the ideal set-up he needed to ensure a fast time in qualifying.

As qualifying got underway, Wilson again made several visits to the pits and subsequently missed out on a place in the second phase by just nine hundredths of a second, meaning he was to start the first 18-lap race from a seventh row grid position.

In the first 18-lap race, Kirton rider Wilson got away to his usual good start and quickly made up ground to 16th place. But when Simon Andrews crashed right in front of him he was lucky to avoid the incident.

The safety car was deployed for four laps and once the race was back underway Wilson settled into 14th place, eventually finishing in 15th, the final points scoring position.

Starting race two from the sixth row, Wilson got another good start and was up to 15th on the first lap.

He made progress up to 12th on lap three but over the remaining laps dropped off the pace and fell back to 16th where he finished the race.

“We have been struggling with set-up all weekend,” said Wilson.

“Of course, we have to remember that this is a new venture for Gearlink Kawasaki and we have no data to work with. We have to start from scratch every meeting.”

Wilson has 20 points and has moved to 10th in the overall rider standings.

The next round is at Snetterton on June 15.