IRWIN CONTINUES TO IMPRESS
Glenn Irwin continued to show promise aboard the second Be Wiser Ducati this weekend as he pushed towards the front in both races.
Fast from the off in FP1, rookie Irwin showed his debut podium last time out at Thruxton was far from a one-off as he fought with the race leaders in Sunday's second race before crossing the line in a strong fourth place, despite his tyre dropping off towards the end.
With team-mate Byrne stuck midpack after a bad start, Irwin looked set to fight for his maiden MCE British Superbike victory as he caught race leader Jason O'halloran in the first part of the race, but a massive moment towards the end of the race saw him drop behind as Byrne fought through.
"I thought I had the pace and Jason was holding me up, but I didnõt quite realise how bad my tyres were so when Jason then upped the ante and I tried to follow, I started to slide around a bit and then after the safety car came out I just didn't seem to have the same level of grip as the three in front. I had a massive moment and nearly crashed and after crashing this morning I was determined not to go down again.'
Having shown he can run towards the front for two rounds straight, he is now hoping to show he can be a regular front runner. "TO take a fourth in my rookie year after a debut podium at Thruxton, I'M happy. I think it shows that weõve got what it takes to regularly be at the front, hopefully we can do that this year but it definitely shows we can be up there in 2017.'
However, it wasnõt a perfect weekend for the Ulsterman as for perhaps the first time this year, his inexperience caught him out as he crashed out of the opening race overriding the bike despite numerous warnings of problems with the front end.
"I'M annoyed I crashed in the first race as to be honest, maybe it was avoidable,' he admitted. "I'VE been saying all year Iõll take it slowly and chip away but the bike wasnõt working how I wanted it to and I knew that feeling straight away, so maybe I should have backed off as it ended up catching me out but it's another learning experience!"
‘I had a moment and after crashing this morning I was determined not to go down again’ GLEN IRWIN
Irwin has proved heõs a fast learner in BSB