Ben Wilson says the 'time is right' to fulfil his desire to take on the challenge of an international road race at the North West 200 in 2015.

The Gearlink Kawasaki rider, who has switched back to the British Supersport class for next season after a disappointing year in the MCE British Superbike Championship on the ZX-10R, will join team-mate Glenn Irwin at the event in May.

Wilson visited the North West 200 in 2013 as Alastair Seeley's team-mate and his temptation to try the roads arose from his experience at the event last year.

"I saw the track in 2013 when I was at the North West as Alastair Seeley's team-mate and I just fancy a go at it now," Wilson said.

"I think the time is right now to have a go on the roads, I am the right age. I have to start somewhere and this is the biggest road race there is so it's the one to do.

"I think that I will have to come back and get in a few more laps, that will pay off for me."

Wilson says he isn't bothered by the fact that he will be rubbing elbows with the world's best road racers in the mass start charge into Primrose corner on his debut.

"At one time it was their first time to road race too," said the 32-year-old. "I just have to get it right for me."

Wilson and Irwin were shown around the 8.9-mile circuit in Northern Ireland this week by eight-times winner and Rider Liaison officer Steve Plater, who said the pair were approaching their debuts with the right attitude.

"They have been soaking up everything that we have been talking about and they are fully aware that you can't run before you walk," Plater said.

"Glenn and Ben are at the very top of their game in the British Supersport championship and it is mega for the event to have two of the frontrunners in that series racing at the North West."

 

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