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Irwin determined to blast back into title contention at Brands

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Glenn Irwin. Credit: David Yeomans Photography

Glenn Irwin. Credit: David Yeomans Photography

David Yeomans Photography

Glenn Irwin. Credit: David Yeomans Photography

Glenn Irwin says he will get stuck in this weekend and ‘work on our weaknesses’ as the Honda rider attempts to turn his fortunes around in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

The Carrick man is currently in 12th position in the standings following the first two rounds of the delayed 2021 season, but Irwin is confident he can make up ground at the Brands Hatch GP circuit in Kent, where he has enjoyed some strong results in the past.

For the first time since the series finale in 2019, full crowds are permitted again at British Superbike events and Irwin is focused on clinching a solid points haul to improve his prospects of reaching the all-important eight-rider Showdown later in the season.

“My feeling is we go to Brands Hatch now with where we left Knockhill, in terms of the package and discovering something new with the chassis, so we go there and roll with that,” said the Carrickfergus man.

“We will work on our weaknesses from last year and maintain our strengths. I definitely think that I can start my bid for more this weekend, of course you have to be in the Showdown before you think of anything else.

“The beauty of the Showdown is that I am only 18 points behind [eighth place].

“Last year it was good having no Showdown in the position we were in, but this year it’s great having it.

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“Of course we can start to build a tally of points and we go on to Thruxton where Andrew [Irwin] won on the past Fireblade, and wherever the previous bike was good, the new one seems to be better.”

Irwin’s younger brother Andrew will also be targeting a big improvement this weekend after a disappointing start to the season with the SYNETIQ BMW team.

The 26-year-old is languishing in 16th place as he continues to try and get the best from the new M1000RR following two seasons with Honda.

“I’m looking forward to Brands Hatch as it’s a track that I have been quite competitive at in the past,” he said.

“So the goal is to go there with a positive mindset and hopefully we can get back to where I know we should be with the M1000RR. I want to prove that I haven’t forgotten how to ride a motorbikes.”

The first BSB race takes place today at 16:15 with races two and three tomorrow at 14:10 and 16:45 respectively.


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