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BSB: Irwin: "I'm content with second, but I want to win!"

Published: 08 September 2018

Glenn Irwin narrowly missed out on his first Bennetts British Superbike victory of the year after a super-close opening race at Silverstone today.

The BeWiser Ducati rider took control in the closing stages of the 30-lapper, but lost out to series leader Leon Haslam on the final lap, crossing the like 0.171 seconds behind the Kawasaki.

While his second place marks a return to the rostrum for the first time since Thruxton, Irwin couldn’t hide his disappointment at missing out on the win.

“I’d have loved to win the race but only one man can win and Leon deserved it today,” said Irwin. “We’d all used most of our tyres, but I enjoyed it and I know what I can do to try and go one better tomorrow.

“I didn’t get the cleanest of shifts onto the back straight and that gave Leon his chance. Maybe I didn’t brake as late as I could have done but I didn’t want to lose the podium either so we’ll take second place today.  

“Every time I finish second I’m not too far off the win, which isn’t a bad record and I’m content with that but I want to be winning races and hopefully when I get one a few more come and I can start winning as often as Leon as he’s winning every bloody week!”