Irwin takes maiden victory at rainsoaked Silverstone

by Emily Macbeth

Before racing even commenced at Silverstone this afternoon, there was a protest from the top riders who claimed the conditions were not safe to race in. With a half wet, half dry track it was impossible to predict what was going to happen, and some teams opted to change tyres. Some of the field were on slicks, and some on full wets but it wasn’t an easy decision.

Glenn Irwin opted for full wets and he clearly used this to his advantage as he stormed to his maiden British Superbike victory. Unfortunately it wasn’t the same story for his team mate Shane Byrne, who crashed out unhurt on the final lap. Although he didn’t finish the race, he became the first rider to cement his place in the Showdown.

The riders were clearly struggling to deal with the tricky conditions. There were very few crashes considering, but on the most crucial weekend of the season, Leon Haslam bowed out not so gracefully on lap five as he fought to gain points to solidify his title hopes. His former team mate James Ellison was also not so lucky. He was forced to retire on lap eight with mechanical issues, putting him completely out of Showdown contention for 2017.

John Hopkins made his podium return this weekend after a hit and miss season so far, which has been hampered by crashes and mechanical failures. He enjoyed partial success by finishing third behind Josh Brookes, ten seconds clear of Jake Dixon.

Luke Mossey made his return from injury today and finished in a solid fifth place, bringing him that little bit closer to the Showdown. But he still sits on the cusp in sixth place, and will have a lot of work to do tomorrow to defend his place.

Peter Hickman has enjoyed success over the past few races, with podiums and a race win. He pulled his bike off the grid before the race to change tyres, and had to start from pit lane. But he pushed hard to come through the pack and rounded out the race in ninth, which leaves him comfortably sitting in third in the overall standings ahead of race two tomorrow.

Finally, Jake Dixon got a great start of the line, and led the first lap of the race. He was pushed back but continued to fight for fourth with Mossey and is still very much in Showdown contention, with only three points separating him and the JG Speedfit rider.

MCE British Superbike race one

1Glenn IrwinBe Wiser Ducati33:07.108
2Josh BrookesAnvil Hire TAG Yamaha+3.434
3John HopkinsMoto Rapido Ducati+5.605
4Jake DixonRAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki+15.936
5Luke MosseyJG Speedfit Kawasaki+16.112
6Christian IddonTyco BMW Motorrad+30.044
7Taylor MackenzieBennetts Suzuki+53.685
8Jakub SmrzLloyds & Jones PR Racing BMW+56.728
9Peter HickmanSmiths Racing BMW+57.959
10Bradley RayBuildbase Suzuki+1:00.610
11Jason O'HalloranHonda Racing+1:08.452
12Lee JacksonSmiths Racing BMW+1:11.688
13Sylvain GuintoliBennetts Suzuki+1:22.061
14James WestmorelandGearlink Kawasaki+1:36.798
15Martin BMW+1:36.913
16Dan LinfootHonda Racing+1:37.868
17Michael LavertyMcAms Yamaha+1:44.330
18Aaron ZanottiPlatform Hire Yamaha+2:17.897
19Luke StaplefordQuattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki+2:20.543
20Shaun WinfieldAnvil Hire TAG Yamaha+1 lap
Not Classified
DNFShane ByrneBe Wiser Ducati1 lap
DNFDean HarrisonSilicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki3 laps
DNFAndy ReidTyco BMW Motorrad5 laps
DNFJames EllisonMcAms Yamaha7 laps
DNFLeon HaslamJG Speedfit Kawasaki10 laps
DNFTommy BridewellTeam WD-40 Kawasaki11 laps
Fastest lap: Shane Byrne - Be Wiser Ducati - 2:17.461

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