Wilson gives thumbs up from hospital after crash

Ben Wilson.
Ben Wilson.

Ben Wilson crashed heavily during practice for the Superstock race last Tuesday evening at the North West 200 in Northern Ireland - resulting in a compound fracture of the femur and causing the session to be red flagged while he was treated and then transported to hospital in Coleraine.

Wilson, from Kirton, had already successfully completed the Supersport practice session earlier in the day on the Gearlink Kawasaki machine and had been running well on the EHA Aprilia in the Superstock practice until his crash at the Mill Road roundabout.

After stabilising the injury, Wilson was transferred to Londonderry where he underwent a lengthy operation to clean the wound to his leg to prevent infection.

On Friday he was airlifted to Addenbrooks hospital, near Cambridge, where he was seen by the consultant who is to operate on the leg before putting it in a cast which will remain in place for the next few weeks.

After being settled at Addenbrooks, Wilson commented: “I would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has sent me messages of support after my crash on Tuesday at North West 200.

“My leg has a real bad break and is going to take a long time and hard work to heal.

“There have been a lot of people involved in getting me back to the mainland and you all know how grateful I am.

“I know I’m in great hands and I will do what ever it takes to be back on a bike as soon as I can.”