BSB: Glenn Irwin Takes The First Victory Of The 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Season.
Honda’s Glenn Irwin Led From Pole Position To Claim His First Victory Of His 2022 Season’s Championship Campaign.
The Bennetts British Superbike 2022 season got under-way today at the Northhamptonshire circuit of Silverstone. Race one was under glorious sunny conditions, a little different from last week’s testing at the circuit. Honda’s Glenn Irwin took the first pole position of the 2022 season, RICH Energy OMG’S Kyle Ryde was in second place followed by his team-mate Bradley Ray in third place.
As the lights went out Glenn got the hole shot into Copse followed by the Yamaha duo of Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray. VisionTrack Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam didn’t get a good start, he dropped a few positions. FS-3 Racing’s Rory Skinner was up-to fourth place. BMW’s Danny Buchan made-up some places to ninth just behind his team-mate Andrew Irwin.
McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran, Suzuki’s Christian Iddon and Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell were battling for fifth position. Brad made a brave move on his team-mate Ryde after six laps of the race at Copse for second place. Leon Haslam had to pull off the circuit due to a mechanical issue, the Kawasaki rider’s race was unfortunately over.
Both of the MCE Ducati riders were outside the top ten, Tom Sykes was in 11th place and Josh Brookes was in 13th place. The top four riders were edging away from the rest of the field from Glenn to Skinner in fourth place.
On lap 17 Kyle retook second place from Brad Ray, the leading trio had dropped the young Scottish rider Skinner who was just slightly off the pace of the front runners. With just two laps remaining to the race Ryde was trying to pass the leading Honda man but Glenn wasn’t giving up his leading position.
At the checkered flag Glenn rode the perfect race from pole position to race victory, the Northern Irish rider was coming into round one with just having recovered from a testing crash he had in Spain which resulted in him suffering a fractured pelvis. Ryde crossed the line in second place just in front of Brad Ray. Skinner held on to fourth place, Jason O’Halloran was fifth.
Race two is tomorrow at 13.30, the front row of the grid for race two is Kyle on pole position, Ray in second place with Rory Skinner rounding out the front row in third place.
Featured Images: Bennetts British Superbikes, Olithephoto.