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Road Racer’s Adventures: BSB Silverstone, Day 3

Superbike:

Although not adding to his present tally of five podium finishes from the season, Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin increased on Sunday his BSB Championship lead to 35 points.

Fourth within both of yesterday’s premier class race stints, Irwin’s mix of consistent front running pedigree allied to immaculate consistency is making him a serious contender for the BSB title.

For fellow International roads giant Global Robots BMW’s Peter Hickman, his latest Silverstone racing tenure would conclude with solid 11th, 15th place finishes.

Speaking today via Twitter, it’s tyre issues that appear to be the main reason as to why the five times TT winner is struggling for the results that we all know he’s capable of.

A non finisher within the second Superbike race, Superbike race three would yield another creditable finish for ON1 Racing’s Brian McCormack, finishing 23rd along the way setting a best lap time of 56.107 seconds.

Superstock 1000:

Contending throughout amongst the established Championship pace setters, Ian Hutchinson quietly impressed on route to a seventh place finish within the second Superstock 1000 race.

Hutchinson who previously finished runner-up in the National Superstock 1000 Championship series in 2016, is beginning to find the sweet spot with the Edwards 1902 BMW steed.

Honda Racing’s Davey Todd like Hutchinson is also beginning to look in good harmony with his stock 1000 mount.

10th in yesterday’s 24 lap race, the reigning IRRC Superbike Champion currently stands ninth within the present Championship standings.

Roads regulars not mentioned yet who completed Sunday’s 24 lap 1000 Superstock encounter were Craig Neve (24th), Dafabet Devitt Racing’s Rob Hodson (27th) and Stephen Smith (28th).

Supersport/GP2:

In contention throughout for another top three finish, technical issues struck on the 25th and penultimate lap of Sunday’s British Supersport race to halt Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston.

Before his misfortune, Johnston had looked in good shape to add to his impressive run of successive series podium finishes.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

Fellow countryman Alastair Seeley, would place ninth overall, third best GP2 racer in yesterday’s race. Whilst York’s Joe Thompson one place behind Seeley within the GP2 class, acquired a more than respectable 11th place finish overall.

Superstock 600:

Adam McLean’s solid start to the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, continued yesterday with a fourth successive points finish.

McLean piloting the ever improving Binch Racing Yamaha, took 13th on the final results sheet, finishing just over 0.8 behind 11th place finisher Adam Hartgrove.

Ducati TriOptions Cup:

Seven times a top 20 TT finisher, Immingham’s Craig Neve, Ducati TriOptions Cup race stint from Sunday would yield another fifth place finish.

Closely matched pace wise on Saturday by 23 times TT winner John McGuinness, five places separated Neve and 21st century roads great McGuinness come the conclusion of Sunday’s 15 lap race.

Words by Stevie Rial

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