Crash ends Wilson’s hopes of podium place

Ben Wilson in action at Oulton Park. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson in action at Oulton Park. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson came away from Oulton Park with just 10 championship points under his belt after crashing in the sprint race on Sunday.

He followed that up by claiming yet another sixth-place finish in the feature race in round three of the British Supersport championship.

“I am gutted with my results,” Wilson said. “Sunday was unfortunate.

“If I could have avoided the crash I would have finished on the podium, but it wasn’t to be.”

Qualifying didn’t go quite to plan for the 33-year-old rider from Kirton, and he was forced to start the sprint race from a third-row grid position.

Wilson got away to a good start and was sixth at the first corner before the top seven pulled clear of the following pack.

Wilson moved up to fifth when he passed James Rispoli at the last bend on lap three, but Rispoli got a second wind and went past again with Kyle Ryde following in his tyre tracks to relegate Wilson two places.

It all went wrong on lap six when, after passing Ryde once more, Wilson was involved in a three-bike crash.

Rispoli crashed and took Jake Dixon down with him while Wilson, who was right behind the pair, had nowhere to go so joined the pair in the kitty litter, his race over.

Wilson then intervened to break up a scuffle between his fellow downed riders, an altercation which saw Dixon slapped with two penalty points.

Wilson began Monday’s feature race from the middle of the second row and again he made a lightning start to move up into fifth on the first lap.

But he dropped back to sixth and completed the race in that position once again, the fifth time he has finished in that position in six races.

Wilson now sits on 50 championship points, which is enough for joint-sixth place in the rider standings.

The championship takes a break now to make way for the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races, and the riders will reconvene at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend of June 19-21.

Wilson will make his debut at the North West 200 next week.

Practice begins on Tuesday, ahead of racing on Thursday and Saturday.