Wilson in top form at Brands Hatch

Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson finished testing at Brands Hatch as the fastest British Supersport rider of the day.

On Thursday he was in action on the Kent circuit for the second of three official warm-up sessions ahead of the new season.

And Wilson was in form as he shaved more and more from his lap times with every outing.

In the very last session of the day he posted his fastest lap with a 52.324s to complete the test as fastest Supersport rider of the day.

Only four of the British Superbike riders - also in action - managed to set a faster lap than Wilson, making him the fifth fastest rider overall.

The track wasn’t in the best of conditions as it was wet and cold in the morning.

But by mid afternoon the temperature rose to 5.4 c.

But as it increased to 6.7c this played into Wilson’s hands.

This was enough for the Kirton rider to push the Gearlink Kawasaki Supersport machine just that bit harder to claim the fastest lap in the Supersport class.

It was important for Ben to get as much track time as possible as Brands Hatch is the venue for the first race of the new season, over the weekend of April 5-7.

The third test was scheduled for two days at the Norfolk circuit of Snetterton, but with deteriorating weather conditions there was no point in attempting to ride.

Wilson decided the best option was to head for home.

“There was nothing to be gained and an awful lot to lose so we decided to call it a day at lunchtime on the first day,” he said.

“The conditions were atrocious with a bitterly cold wind and a wet and slippery track.

“The temperature struggled to reach three degrees which is far from ideal to ride a motorcycle at speed in.

“We will try to get another day of testing in prior to the first race, but with the weather as it is then it’s looking unlikely.

“But I did get a good day of testing at Brands last week so we are well prepared and I can’t wait to get my season underway.”

This year’s British Supersport championships will have an extra edge for Wilson.

His teammate for the year will be Alastair Seeley, the rival who pipped Wilson to the title in 2012.

The duo enjoyed ding-dong battles throughout the campaign, which came down to the very last race.

However, Seeley won that to beat Wilson to the title by a single point.

Asked how he felt about racing in the same team as Seeley, Wilson replied: “It doesn’t matter who’s sat next to you on the same colour bike, it makes no difference to me.

“I just want to win.

“We just need to finish the job off from 2011 and hopefully it’ll be me in front.”