Q&A - Ben Wilson

“Rubbing's racing! I didn't have time to be scared, it probably looked worse than what it was, but I was having that bit of tarmac and that was that. We're not playing tiddlywinks” - Ben Wilson
By Christian Tiburtius

One of the most exciting pairings in the 2013 BSB paddock is the Gearlink Kawasaki line-up of Ben Wilson and Alastair Seeley in the British Supersport class.

The pair provided one of the most thrilling BSS seasons ever as they battled for the 2011 title - including a memorable moment, when Seeley had to elbow Wilson's bike off his own at the season-closing Brands Hatch decider.

That was while racing for different teams, but this season they will both be in the same pit garage, so it's fair to say that some great racing is anticipated. caught up with both riders to get their perspective on the upcoming season. This is the second interview, featuring 2011 title runner-up Wilson.

(Click Here for part one, with Alastair Seeley).
This year's partnership at Gearlink looks to us to be one of the most interesting of the season, what's your perspective on it?

Ben Wilson:
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. There's no doubt that there's going to be a fantastic battle though.

2011 is done and dusted, we've got to do a better job this season, because he lifted the trophy and I didn't, so it doesn't matter if we win by 1 point or 100, winning is winning, a runner up is the first loser.
BSS looks to be particularly competitive for 2013, which are the riders you'll be looking out for?

Ben Wilson:
You can't talk about a particular rider this season, there's such a depth of talent on the grid this year. But we can say that we're certainly as competitive as anyone out there so we've just got to make sure that we're not caught on the back foot. But that's the way it is, if it were easy everyone would be out there doing it. The team's been working hard on the bike and now it's down to me not to let them down.
You've got a real all action style, how did that come about?

Ben Wilson:

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Ben Wilson, Gearlink Kawasaki,  (Credit: David Salisbury)
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Stuart Easton, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: British Superbike]
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Chris Walker, Be Wiser Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
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Michael Rutter (GBR), Gearlink Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Filip Backlund (SWE), Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ian hopgood]

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January 08, 2013 11:47 AM

For me this is going to be one of the stories of the season and should be more exciting than the Rossi v Lorenzo bun fight. I can't help feeling that Ben deserves the championship.

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