Wilson up to seventh after points finishes at Assen

Ben Wilson in Assen. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson in Assen. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson registered a seventh and then a sixth place in his two races at Assen in the Netherlands at the weekend in round 10 of the British Supersport championship.

This was enough for him to move up to seventh in the rider standings on 143 points.

The intermittent rain throughout the weekend played its part in proceedings and Wilson, from Kirton, completed his qualifying in ninth position to start the sprint race on Saturday from a third-row grid position.

As the 12-lap race got underway, Wilson settled into sixth place in the opening laps but was beaten back to seventh when his Kawasaki teammate Glenn Irwin passed him on his way to a podium finish.

For the remainder of the race, Wilson maintained a lonely seventh position as he could not match the pace of the top six riders.

Sunday’s feature race was delayed while the marshals cleaned the track from fuel dropped in the previous race, and when it eventually got underway it was reduced down to 13 laps.

Wilson got away to a good start and was third at the first sector, but at the end of lap one he was down to fourth place as James Rispoli went past.

The safety car was deployed for a three rider crash on lap two, and when the car left the track on lap five the race was back on with Wilson holding third position for just a few yards before Luke Stapleford and then Sam Hornsey got the advantage and pushed him back to fifth.

Once again, Wilson was unable to match the speed of the top four riders and he dropped back into the clutches of Kyle Ryde who finally overtook him on lap nine, leaving Wilson to hold onto sixth place for the remaining four laps and cross the finish line for a further 10 championship points.

Going into the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone on October 4, Wilson has 143 points and is up to seventh in the championship standings.

He is 22 points away from sixth place, which is held by Andy Reid, who is out injured for the rest of the year, and if he could bag two good results from the final four races, Wilson could snatch sixth place away from him.