Glenn Irwin has everything to do in what is sure to be a close fight for the title
Carrickfergus rider Glenn Irwin says he will consider this season a great success regardless of what happens in the final races of the 2020 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch
He joined his younger brother Andrew in Honda Racing colors to drive the all-new Fireblade and certainly enjoyed a welcome turnaround.
The 30-year-old lost the championship lead after slipping in wet conditions in the first race at Donington Park in the penultimate round a fortnight ago, but Irwin still remains in the frame of the title before today’s final
He lost more ground at the top of the standings yesterday after finishing the opening race in sixth place, as other title contenders Jason O’Halloran, Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes return home ahead of the Ulster pilot
However, Irwin says he will consider this year a successful year regardless of the outcome this afternoon at the Kent circuit
« It’s been a great year for me anyway and I think we’ve established ourselves, » said Irwin
“We didn’t just come back to the 2018 Glenn fighting for the podiums, I think we showed ourselves to be one of the main pioneers of BSB and it took a lot of work.
« Anyway, I’m having a lot of satisfaction this season and I’m going to throw whatever I have in it. I feel confident and happy with what’s under me and it’s been a dream season for the new Fireblade «
Irwin had a long stint in the lead in yesterday’s opening race on the Brands GP track, but he couldn’t keep up his pace
Australian rider O’Halloran arrived in force in the final stages after an exciting battle and managed to pull a slight gap on his McAMS Yamaha
He won by 1 to 8 seconds behind Iddon, with Tarran Mackenzie – also driving a Yamaha McAMS – taking third place after a late charge
Championship leader Brookes was fourth, but his top advantage is now just seven points over O’Halloran, with Iddon just two more points in third
Irwin, however, is 21 points off the top after coming in sixth behind Kawasaki rider Danny Buchan, while Andrew Irwin was seventh (Honda Racing)
The second race is scheduled for 1245h today with the third and final race, which will probably decide the outcome of the title, at 4pm
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World news – EN – The result of title won’t determine how I look back on my season as a whole, insists Glenn Irwin, who pursues the championship
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