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Glenn Irwin pleased with points haul on his return to BSB despite failing to finish two races at Donington Park


Frustration for Glenn Irwin. Credit: James Wright

Frustration for Glenn Irwin. Credit: James Wright

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Frustration for Glenn Irwin. Credit: James Wright

Honda's Glenn Irwin slipped to sixth place in the British Superbike Championship after failing to finish either race yesterday at Donington Park.

A triple winner at Silverstone last month, Irwin was fifth in Saturday’s opener as the Carrickfergus man maintained second place in the standings.

However, he was forced out of race two at the Leicestershire circuit yesterday after an issue with his Fireblade machine and Irwin’s misery was compounded in race three, when he crashed out.

The 32-year-old is now 51 points behind championship leader Bradley Ray (OMG Yamaha) after the first three rounds, but Irwin will now be looking towards his debut at the Isle of Man TT, where practice commences on Sunday.

He travels to the second major road race of the season on the back of a Superbike double at the North West 200, where Irwin extended his record winning run in the class to six victories.

“All weekend we’ve struggled a little with the front end and I think I could have used my experience to point the guys in the direction to help with front end entry, and the race today highlighted where we were struggling,” said Irwin, after the first race.

“That being said I scored 11 points and to come here after the two wins at the North West 200, and to have a fifth in the first race back at BSB pleases me.”

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Australian Jason O’Halloran won both races yesterday, taking his first win of the season by 2.5s from Ray in race two and completing his double by 1.7s in race three, with Ray again filling the runner-up spot.

Kyle Ryde (OMG Yamaha) won on Saturday and crashed out of race two, before regrouping to finish the weekend in fifth spot in the third race.

Andrew Irwin also had a disappointing weekend with the SYNETIQ BMW rider finishing 17th, 14 and 12th at a circuit where he has previously excelled.

In the British Supersport Championship, Jack Kennedy’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by Bradley Perie, who won both races on the Appleyard Macadam by fractions of a second from the Dubliner, who still holds a healthy 40-point lead at the top over Lee Johnston.

Fermanagh man Johnston was fourth and fifth respectively as he, too, now switches his focus to the TT, where he claimed his maiden success in the Supersport class on the Ashcourt Yamaha in 2019.

Sam Laffins finished fifth in the National Junior Superstock race, while James McManus from Randalstown won the Junior Supersport race yesterday after finishing third on Saturday.

Richard Kerr claimed a podium in the second National Superstock 1000 race on his AMD Honda.

Knockhill in Scotland hosts round four from June 17-19.

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