MCE BSB: Silverstone - Round Nine - Race One
Glenn Irwin has bagged his first ever MCE Insurance British Superbike win, conquering the elements in a dramatic Silverstone opener - whilst also becoming the eighth different race winner in this action-packed season.
Declared as a wet race, the drying track provided a difficult decision for the riders with regards to tyre choices; with some parts of the track dry and others wet every choice was a gamble. Peter Hickman decided to leave the grid prior to the sighting lap to change to wet tyres and subsequently start from pit lane.
When the race commenced Dixon led Brookes and Hopkins, with Irwin back in fourth. Leon Haslam who was back in eighth position crashed out at Club unhurt, starting his weekend off on the wrong foot.
Irwin went on to take the lead on lap six and looked comfortable controlling the race and setting a fast pace. James Ellison's Showdown hopes came to a premature end, suffering a problem with his McAMS Yamaha and retiring from the race.
Irwin would go on to take the win, with Brookes and Hopkins joining him on the podium. Behind them the battle for fourth raged on between Dixon and Mossey, it was to be the Kawasaki of Dixon that emerged victorious and in the process narrowed the gap on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider to only three points - possibly vital as the duo battle for a showdown spot.
Sixth place finisher Iddon opted for a slick rear prior to the race - a bold gamble but with some dry sections he was able to push a little bit harder, however he suffered in the wet parts lacking in grip.
Taylor Mackenzie finished in seventh, followed by Smrz, Hickman and Ray.
09.09.2017 - Big Ed