DONINGTON Park was a round to forget for Ben Wilson - as he slid out of both British Supersport races this weekend.
“I am disappointed to have crashed in both races,” said Wilson.
“But on the positive side I appear to be back on form with my starts.
“I got away very well both times and was able to match the speed of the championship contenders.
“The changes we made have made a lot of difference and have restored my confidence in the bike and I am sure we will be up there at the front next time out.”
Wilson, from Kirton, had been testing in the two-week interval between Cadwell Park and Donington and the Gearlink Kawasaki team had made some major changes to the bike in an effort to return Wilson back to the sharp end of the competition.
The changes certainly made a difference to his performance as he was back on form and made a fantastic start to the sprint race on Saturday.
He was running third in a group of five riders all challenging for the win and was matching the power of the other riders with ease.
The red flag brought the race to a halt after six laps and a five lap dash to the flag followed.
Starting from the front row, Wilson got away to lead the field around the first two laps.
But Jack Kennedy passed him at Craner Curves on lap three and Chris Iddon tried to follow through.
Wilson staved off the challenge but, as they exited the last corner at Goddards, Wilson was pushed wide and slid off into the gravel trap his race over.
Determined to make up for the non-finish in the first outing, Wilson began race two from the front row and once again got the hole shot into Redgate.
He held station for four laps until he was reeled in by Luke Mossey who took up the lead on lap five.
Wilson stayed in his tyre tracks and was challenging for the lead at the Melbourne Loop when the front washed away from him and the luckless rider was once again left to slide out of the race.
Unable to add to his points tally, Wilson drops a place in the overall rider standings to fifth on 185 points.
But with three rounds – six races – left to run, he could soon move back into contention to end the season in fourth place.
The next round is at Assen in Holland, when the series moves to Europe for the first time on September 21-23.
This will be a first for numerous riders, including Ben.
But he is up for the challenge and will be anxious to learn the circuit as quickly as possible so he can bring home a couple of good results and some championship points from the experience.