Prospective TT Races competitor Glenn Irwin, took centre stage on day two of the opening British Superbike Championship test session of 2021, blasting the current record BSB lap time at Silverstone.
This afternoon’s penultimate Superbike practice stint, saw the four times North West 200 winner put together a fantastic non official record lap time of 53.139 seconds, which proved enough for the Honda Racing rider to top the overall test session standings from Wednesday, Thursday’s timed action.
Speaking recently via Twitter, a delighted Irwin stated:
“Very happy with the work we conducted over the past two days. We had a raft of stuff to try, some thanks to the team for that. A test of evaluation and riding adjustments.”
Respected International roads rival Peter Hickman, was just over a second off the pace shown by Irwin, recording a best lap time of 54.215 seconds.
Fellow TT Races maestro Dean Harrison like Hickman, completed over 85 laps plus dipped below the 56 seconds barrier, which was also accomplished today by Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing’s Brian McCormack.
For NP Motorcycles BMW’s Joe Thompson, Thursday’s Silverstone competition proved it’s fair to say character building. A faller during today’s second practice session, he candidly stated via Facebook about his accident:
“Not a good end to the day. Trying to run before I can walk. Sorry to the team NP motorcycles but we have learnt lots this week and I will be back stronger.”
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou