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Glenn Irwin is geared for British Superbike bid

By Paul Lindsay

Glenn Irwin opened his 2015 British Supersport Championship account for Gearlink Kawasaki with third place in yesterday's re-started sprint race at Donington Park. The Carrick racer gets another opportunity for a win in today's feature race during the Easter Monday British Superbike meeting at the former Grand Prix venue.

Irwin, who led for long periods, was disappointed at the finish, saying: "That's the first time my bike hasn't really worked for me, but during the stoppage for the red flag the team improved it and I have to be positive and say it's 16 points on the board to start the season. Hopefully we can make it better for Monday's race and go for the win."

Fellow Ulsterman Andy Reid also made a solid start, taking a fine fifth pace on his British Supersport debut with the TTC Yamaha team, owned by rock star Keith Flint of Prodigy fame.

Another of the Carrick clan, Alastair Seeley, made an auspicious return to the TAS Racing squad, riding their BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Pirelli National 1000cc Superstock class.

After qualifying fifth, Seeley said: "I'm learning more about the BMW every time I ride it and although we went faster than in free practice, everyone else took a big step forward also. Tomorrow is a long race and it'll all be about managing the tyre, but I think we've flicked a switch and will be in full race mode for Monday."

Well worth a mention is Ballinamallard lad Josh Elliott who will start on the front row today, right in front of Seeley, after taking a fine second place in qualifying aboard the Morello Racing Kawasaki. Pole position man is Adam Jenkinson on the all-new R1 Yamaha. Former ISB champion Nico Mawhinney qualified 19th on his debut.

Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari took the opening pole position time in the premier British Superbike Championship. JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison, and reigning champion Shane Byrne on the PBM Kawasaki will join the Japanese rider on the front row.

There was no fairytale start for Moneymore based Tyco BMW, with Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell struggling in 15th and 17th respectfully. All of today's BSB action can be viewed on British Eurosport.

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