Unstable bike frustrates Ben

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Ben Wilson endured a frustrating weekend at Thruxton as he was forced to pull out of the first Superbike race, and the team withdrew him from the second race because his bike had become unstable.

Wilson, from Kirton, was expecting to have to find a set-up for the Gearlink Kawasaki Superbike as this was its first visit to the Hampshire circuit and, therefore, the team had no data to help them.

Thruxton is a notoriously bumpy circuit and the fastest on the BSB programme, so it was always going to be a difficult task.

But Wilson went out in each free practice session returning to the pits with valuable information on the set up each time.

However, the bike became more and more unstable as the weekend went on, resulting in Wilson being unable to record a fast lap time and being placed on the eighth row of the grid for the start of race one on Sunday.

Despite alterations being made to the bike prior to the race, it soon became obvious that he was still having problems and after completing just four laps he retired to the pits.

After discussions with the team owner and manager Michael de Bidaph it was decided to withdraw Wilson from the second race as there was insufficient time to make further alterations prior to the start.

De Bidaph said: “We have struggled all weekend with the Superbike due to instability problems and these became far worse during qualifying.

“Despite making changes prior to the first race the problems got worse resulting in Ben experiencing frequent tank slappers and there was no alternative but for Ben to retire from the race.

“We had a discussion and decided it would not be in Ben’s best interests to try and ride the bike in race two so we withdrew him.

“Because the bike has suffered a couple of crashes it has been suggested the frame could be bent and that is causing the handling problems and in view of that we will change the frame before the next meeting.”

Wilson added: “This weekend has been so frustrating, it didn’t matter what we did with the bike it just didn’t respond.”

The next round is at Oulton Park this weekend.