Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson says he is more determined than ever before to clinch the British Supersport crown in 2012.
Wilson agonisingly lost the championship last year following a season-long duel with Alastair Seeley, who prevailed at a dramatic final round of the series at Brands Hatch to win the title by a single point.
The Gearlink team has completed its first pre-season test at Calafat in Spain and Wilson has put the painful memories of last year's last-gasp title loss behind him as he aims to kick-start a new campaign in style at Brands Hatch next month.
“It was really good to get back out on the Gearlink Kawasaki again; it feels like it's been a long off season,” he said.
“Last year was very challenging but it has made me more eager to want to win the championship this year. We had a really good test, we had to make several changes on the first day but we got plenty of laps in and made good progress.
"We now have a good set up with the bike and hopefully this will show at the first round; I can't wait to get going again and be back riding for Gearlink Kawasaki.”
David Jones and Scott Hudson also grasped the chance to get to grips with their new Kawasaki ZX6Rs at Calafat.
All three riders had minor spills, though fortunately did not incur any significant injuries and were able to complete the test as planned.
Jones remains with the team and is eager to make solid headway in 2012 in only his second full season in the British Supersport class.
“The testing in Spain went really well, I had an off on the first day but thankfully I was uninjured,” he said. “It was a new track for me so I was learning the track as well as testing new things on the Kawasaki.
“It was good to be back out there after the winter break and shake off the cobwebs. I am now ready to get to the BSB tests and can't wait for the season to start.”
Hudson is the newest member of the Gearlink Kawasaki outfit and the 24-year-old, who never raced competitively until last season – when he won the BMCRC Rookie 600 class – will attempt to make his mark in the National Superstock 600 series.