Ben Wilson is bidding to make a flying start to the new MCE British Superbike Championship season at Brands Hatch this weekend.
The Kirton race ace has made to step-up to the superbikes this year and is keen to make an impression in his first race on the new Gearlink Kawasaki machine.
Wilson is a big fan of the Kent circuit’s Indy track and can’t wait to get started.
Wilson said: “We have now completed our testing and the bike is running well. “I have taken full advantage of the three test days over the past week and completed a fair number of laps to push the bike to its full potential.
“It has responded well and together we are now ready for the new venture at Easter.
“The short Indy Brands Hatch circuit is one of my favourite tracks and I realise the need for a strong performance in qualifying in order to be well placed on the grid.
“I have to make a good start as there are few passing opportunities here.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Michael de Bidaph and the team who have worked their socks off over the past few weeks to give me such a fantastic bike.”
The racing weekend begins tomorrow (Friday), with a one-hour test session at 2.30pm.
There are then two free practices on Saturday, followed by a third on Sunday morning.
The three-part qualifying session takes place on Sunday afternoon at 4.05pm and will set the grid for the start of the first 30-lap race at 1.30pm on Easter Monday.
Grid positions for race two are determined on the fastest lap times set in the first race and the riders will take to the track for the second time at 4.30pm.
The qualifying on Sunday plus the two races on Monday are scheduled to be shown live on Eurosport 2.
Wyberton-based G&S Racing Kawasaki are also in action at Brands Hatch over the Easter period.
Three racers from the stable will compete in the opening rounds of the National 1000 and 600 Superstock championships, with Tom Fisher, Kevin Van Leuven and Dominic Usher all gunning for glory.
The weekend begins tomorrow on the short Indy circuit, with testing for both classes in the morning followed by free practice in the afternoon.
The first qualifying session for Van Leuven in the 600 Superstock class is on Saturday morning at 11.50am, followed by Fisher and Usher in the 1000cc class at 12.25pm.
Final qualifying takes place on Sunday with the 600 riders on track at 12.50pm, followed by the 1000 class at 1.25pm.
Fisher and Usher will be on the grid on Easter Monday for the 24-lap Superstock 1000 race at 11.20am.
Van Leuven, meanwhile, has to wait until 2.15pm to make his debut on British tarmac in the 22-lap Superstock 600 race.