Be Wiser Glenn Irwin came out on top of a barnstormer of a Vauxhall International North West 200 Superbike race this afternoon after an epic battle with short circuit rival Alastair Seeley.
Despite it being just his fourth race around the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, Irwin held off a hard charge from the North West’s most successful ever rider, including a ballsy pass at Black Hill to clinch his first road racing win.
Irwin hasn’t even raced at the North West since 2015, when he raced only in the Supersport class, but he gained from his experience back then where he lost a race after being passed on the final stretch of the course along the Northern Irish coast.
“I lost a race along the coast road back in 2015 due to poor positioning so I was determined it wasn’t going to happen again,” he said after the race. “It’s my favourite part of the circuit but the front was moving around a lot through Black Hill and anyone who says road racing is 90% is talking nonsense, that was flat out all the way! I really wanted that one and I’m absolutely delighted so a big thanks to all the team and the organisers who did a brilliant job and put on a great meeting.”
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