Wilson set for North West 200

Pictured is Wilson along with Glenn Irwin, Mervyn Whyte and Steve Plater.
Pictured is Wilson along with Glenn Irwin, Mervyn Whyte and Steve Plater.

Former British Supersport championship runner-up Ben Wilson will make his debut at the North West 200 next year, riding for the Gearlink Kawasaki team.

Wilson, 32, will partner Carrickfergus rider Glenn Irwin - with both competing in the Supersport class.

Kirton rider Wilson will take part in his first road race, while Irwin will race at the event for the first time in Supersport and Supertwins.

Wilson secured overall top-five finishes in the British Supersport series for five years in succession between 2009 to 2013, and was just pipped for the title by Alastair Seeley in 2011.

He endured a difficult season in 2014, picking up only a handful of points after never really gelling with his Kawasaki in the British Superbike Championship.

But now he is back on his Supersport machine for 2015.

“I’ve always fancied doing the North West and next year will be the year,” Wilson explained.

“I’ve had a good look round the track and it’s very different to anything I’ve done before, but I’m looking forward to it and won’t be putting myself under any pressure, I just want to savour the experience and see how I get on.”

The North West 200 is an annual meeting in Northern Ireland, held each May.

It is a street circuit made up of public roads linking the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush.

Lincolnshire’s Steve Plater has had plenty of success at the North West over the years, notching up a total of seven race wins.