Valiant comeback for Glenn Irwin at Snetterton

Race Report
Honda Racing's Glenn Irwin made a valiant comeback in this afternoon's opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Snetterton after a mistake early on pushed him back into 10th place, but digging deep aboard the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP he crossed the line fourth and also scored the fastest lap of the race, which sees him start tomorrow's Race 2 from pole position. 

Across the weekend Glenn and his brother Andrew have been putting in consistent lap times as they continue to build and develop the new machine, in blustery conditions at the Norfolk circuit. Glenn qualified for this afternoon's race in fifth position, and although brother Andrew qualified eighth fastest, he was starting the race from the back of the grid in 26th position. 

Unfortunately during lap one Andrew crashed out of the race, through no fault of his own. Unhurt from the crash he will start tomorrow's 16-lap race again from the back of the grid having not obtained a lap time in the first race. The results from today see Glenn maintain his Bennetts British Superbike Championship lead with 73 points, while Andrew is fourth with 50. 

Meanwhile the team's Superstock 1000 contenders Tom Neave and Davey Todd have been working on optimising the set-up of the Fireblade for the fast Snetterton circuit. With solid positions across the weekend it was Davey who topped the times in yesterday's final free practice session. 

With one Superstock race this weekend, today's focus was on qualifying and throughout the 20-minute session Tom and Davey were well in the mix. With just 0.902s separating the top-seven, Davey qualified six with Tom hot on his heels in seventh. 

The 12-lap Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race will take place tomorrow (Sunday 23 August) at 12.40, with BSB Race 2 (16 laps) at 13.30 and Race 3 at 16.30 (16 laps). 

#18 Andrew Irwin

I don't really know what to say about today to be honest, starting from the back of the grid was always going to be tough, but for it to end the way it did with a crash on the opening lap which wasn't my fault, I'm just gutted and sorry to the team - they've got a bit of a job on tonight. But tomorrow is another day and we try again. I know we have the pace and if we can get a good start then there's no reason why we can't get a good lap time for the final race of the weekend.

#2 Glenn Irwin

The race was enjoyable but it would have been more enjoyable if I was in the position I was in at the beginning, but the comeback was really good. We can see where the Fireblade is really strong, I was able to run with the Ducati's but we know where we have to improve in respect to where we are with engine development, we're in such early stages and we know there are steps we can make to improve and be stronger. I think tomorrow starting from pole we can be strong, so it's head down and full focus throughout the race.

#68 Tom Neave

It’s been a bit of a funny weekend really, we’ve been chasing set-up and we’ve not really found a sweet spot with the Fireblade yet, so there’s still some work to be done. I don’t feel completely beat yet, I still think we can improve things and we still have warm-up tomorrow and a race, where it really matters, so there’s still time to turn the weekend around.

#74 Davey Todd

To be honest what we’re aiming for was the front two rows and we’ve achieved that, so we should be really happy, but there’s still a lot more in the tank to come - we had a lot more pace than what we could show in qualifying. I'm pleased with the second row, I’m good off the start anyway and we’ll be in the mix for the race for sure.

Team Manager Havier Beltran

I'm really pleased for Glenn in today's opening race, he had a few moments in the first few laps but was able to fight hard and come through the pack to fourth place - being down in 10th at one point. He's showing true grit and determination, and continues to work hard following Donington Park. However, again we have the highs and lows of racing, and unfortunately Andrew crashed out on the opening lap of the race here at Snetterton. Due to our starting position at the back of the grid, and the fact we were unable to complete a lap time we therefore, as per the MSVR rules, have to start tomorrow's first race from the exact same position. I'm happy with the progression on the Superstock side, we've had challenging conditions so far this weekend, but thankfully the wind dropped substantially from yesterday and I'm looking forward to seeing both Tom and Davey race tomorrow. 

British Superbike 2020

Snetterton 300, Round 4

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 26:36.902 25
2 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +1.303 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +1.345 16
4 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +1.470 13
5 Bradley Ray 28 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +2.228 11
6 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +2.451 10
7 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +6.961 9
8 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +7.093 8
9 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +7.182 7
10 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +9.339 6
11 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +10.341 5
12 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +10.684 4
13 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +12.783 3
14 Hector Barbera 80 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +13.369 2
15 Joe Francis 40 Lloyd and Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW +17.519 1

British Superbike 2020

Snetterton 300, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:47.953
2 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +0.067
3 Bradley Ray 28 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +0.196
4 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.199
5 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.210
6 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +0.363
7 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.409
8 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.463
9 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +0.492
10 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.533

National Superstock 2020

Snetterton 300, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Matt Truelove 59 Crowe Performance BMW 1:50.665
2 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW +0.081
3 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.585
4 Tim Neave 14 Hawk Racing Suzuki +0.588
5 Lewis Rollo 6 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +0.837
6 Davey Todd 74 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.841
7 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.902
8 Danny Kent 52 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.064
9 Damon Rees 92 Astro-JJR Racing BMW BMW +1.244
10 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.433