BSB: Match-point Irwin as title fight ignites at Donington Park

Published on October 1, 2020
By Dawn Hammersley

The 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to Donington Park this weekend, for the first visit to the GP circuit. Will we have a new race winner or will one of the previous eight victors take another race win at the iconic circuit?

The Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Donington Park this weekend for the circuits second BSB round of the season. The 2020 season got underway at the shorter Donington National circuit, but this week, riders will have the foggy esses, the slow and technical Melbourne loop and the off camber Goddards hairpin to end the lap. Strangely, these extra corners could mix the field up slightly, with some bikes working better out of slower corners.

The first of two visits to the East Midlands circuit saw Honda’s dominate proceedings. Both Glenn and Andy Irwin stood on the top step of the podium, making for a perfect debut for both the 2020 Fireblade and Glenn Irwin. However, McAMS Yamahas Jason O’Halloran also had a strong weekend but faced bad luck after getting caught out in other riders incidents, on paper, the trio look to be the ones to beat this weekend.

The Derbyshire Circuit is claimed to be one of the rider’s favourite tracks. Local rider, Kyle Ryde, will be aiming to launch a rejuvenated attack this weekend, after losing touch in the title chase. The Buildbase rider secured a double race win in 2019 riding in the GP2 class.

Rapid Fulfillments FS3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson are edging closer to getting their first win of the season, can they find that extra something and get on the top step of the podium?

Will the Honda Racing’s brothers Glenn and Andrew Irwin have it all their own way as they did back in round one, or can McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran continue his pace to fight with Glenn for the championship lead?

The VisionTrack Ducati riders Josh brooks and Christian Iddon will be eager to take control of proceedings as both riders have good form at Donington Park.

Oxford Products Racing Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell will be looking to get back on track with his performance as he took the last race win of the weekend at Donnington back in August in round three.

Ex-World Superbike rider Markus Reiterberger has joined the Global Robots BMW team for the remainder of the season, replacing injured Alex Olson. Will the German rider mix things up with the front runners?

Twelve points cover the top four riders as we go into the penultimate round of BSB. Who will be leading the title fight as we leave Donington Park and head to Kent’s Brands Hatch Circuit for the final instalment of this season’s British Superbikes?

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