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BSB: Irwin injures shoulder in free practice crash

Published: 17 August 2018

Updated: 17 August 2018

Glenn Irwin will need to undertake a medical before taking part in any more of this weekend’s eighth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park after injuring his shoulder in a free practice crash.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider crashed out at the bottom of the mountain towards the end of this morning’s session, taking a hard bang to his left shoulder.

Feeling OK after physio, Irwin took part in the afternoon’s second session and finished fourth fastest. However, as he was in quite a bit of pain, he visited the medical centre where it was revealed he has torn his rotator cuff and has been passed unfit to ride pending a check-up in the morning.

“Really good first session, up until the end when we went to try a little change,” he told MCN. “I went into the bottom of the mountain a little too fast, turned in on the brake and went down early and hard. I immediately knew I’d done something to my shoulder, so I had some physio before FP2 and I didn’t feel too bad, but as soon as I put my leathers on in the motorhome I knew there was something not right. In the session I was really struggling with left handers as I couldn’t quite move my body off the bike enough.

“I went to the medical centre after the session and it turns out I have torn my rotator cuff, so I will need to be passed fit to ride in the morning. We were fourth quickest today so in my head I know I will be riding tomorrow as it should be better again tomorrow and then again on Sunday.”

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