BSB: Irwin to sit out Snetterton after Knockhill crash

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Glenn Irwin will miss this weekend’s fifth round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in his Knockhill free practice crash.

The Ulsterman suffered a dislocated elbow and shoulder when an issue with his handlebar caused him to fall from his Be Wiser Ducati at the Scottish circuit just under two weeks ago.

He has since revealed to MCN that his both his elbow and shoulder had also sustained fractures as well as the dislocations, and despite his best efforts to condense what would usually be a 12-week recovery time into two weeks, Irwin has had to admit defeat and sit on the sidelines for another round.


“Today, in conjunction with my team, we have made the very difficult decision not to race at Snetterton,” he said. “After meeting my shoulder and elbow specialist in England last week, we looked at pushing what is normally an eight to 12-week recovery period to just five weeks. I, however, wanted to make that a two-week recovery which is in keeping with my optimistic attitude.

“I have tried laser treatment, oxygen, acupuncture, cryotherapy and the recovery is ahead of schedule but I want to be back fully fit and at the front so we’ll plan to be at Brands Hatch in three weeks’ time.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing