Be Wiser PBM Ducati
Sun, 17 Jun 2018
Be Wiser Ducati's Glenn Irwin converted his front row start to claim a 2nd place finish in Race 1 at Snetterton this afternoon.
Starting from 3rd on the grid, Glenn got a good start and was running in 2nd behind race leader Bradley Ray before the race was temporarily put on hold when the safety car came out.
Brother and teammate Andrew Irwin, who is replacing the injured Shane 'Shakey' Byrne at Be Wiser Ducati for the rest of the season, had impressed with his immediate speed as he adapts from his World Supersport bike to the Ducati Panigale R. But with a full fuel load, Andrew ran hot into Turn 2 on the opening lap, crashing and taking out Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW Motorrad) and Honda Racing teammates Dan Linfoot and Jason O'Halloran. This incident brought the safety car out and caused a premature end to Andrew's first British Superbike race.
Once the safety car came in Glenn was sticking with race leader Ray, going on to post the fastest lap of the race on lap 7 with a time of 1:47.351. On the 10th lap Ray crashed out, gifting Glenn the lead. But Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) closed Glenn down to make pass and ultimately the win. Glenn maintained his 2nd place and crossed the finish line less than half a second behind with Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) taking the final podium position.
Taylor 'Tmac' Mackenzie (Moto Rapido Ducati) started the race in 16th but was up to 7th by the time the race was restarted. Despite losing a few places as the race progressed, Taylor crossed the line in 11th - his best finish of the season to date.
Glenn lines up for Race 2 in pole position, Tmac in 8th, while Andrew starts from the back of the grid after failing to post a lap time.
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati #2) - 2nd
"It was quite tricky because Bradley was on the harder option [tyre] and he was trying to stretch the race. I'm sure his plan was to get us guys to chase him and wreck our tyres. I felt like I was doing a good job. I was sitting behind him, going quite fast, without trying not use too much. I think in the end Leon had a little more than me. I fell asleep after Bradley went down. We can certainly regroup for Race 2 and be stronger. Fair play to Leon. He rode a really, really good race. He closed two seconds off me to win it so he deserves a pat on the back. And congrats to Jake as well."
Race 2 report