BSB: Irwin injures shoulder in free practice crash

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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.”

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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