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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

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