British Supersport challenger Ben Wilson says he is unfazed by having bitter rival Alastair Seeley as his team-mate, insisting he does not care what bike the Ulsterman rides.
Wilson, from Boston, begins his fifth season with Gearlink Kawasaki at Brands Hatch this weekend with his eyes fixed firmly on the title.
The 31-year-old has been joined in the team by Seeley, the man who pipped him to the crown in 2011 by just one point following a gripping season-long battle between the pair.
Following an unsuccessful season in British Superbikes, Seeley has returned to the 600 class and, like Wilson, is expected to challenge for the title in 2013.
With two of the top riders in the class in the same garage, fans are expecting sparks to fly.
But Wilson is unconcerned by the threat his team-mate may pose.
“I knew Alastair was going to be on a 600 this year so it doesn’t matter to me what colour bike he is on,” said Wilson.
“It doesn’t make any difference whether he’s on a green bike or a blue bike.
“I’ve got to beat him and that’s that.
“People will make a mountain out of a molehill, but he was always going to be in Supersport this year.
“I proved in 2011 that I’m equal to him so I’m not fazed by it.
“It’s going to up the profile of the team so I’m looking forward to it.”
While not friends, Wilson insists his relationship with Seeley is cordial.
“There’s no atmosphere there,” he insisted. “There’s not going to be a wall between us in the garage.
“There’s a healthy rivalry there and when we’re racing it’s business. That’s how it has to be.”
Following a disappointing 2012 campaign, Wilson insists he is in the best possible shape to challenge for glory this year.
“Last season was a bit of down season for me,” he reflected.
“Finishing fifth was the lowest I’ve ever finished.
“I want to battling for the championship, like we were the year before.”
“I’ve set my stall out that I’m going for the championship. I’ve worked really hard in training over the winter and I’m fitter than I ever."