It’s no walk in Park for Irwin and Reid

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin

Glenn Irwin and Andy Reid would have hoped for a better return at Cadwell Park after the pair were unable to figure in the rostrum challenge in the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship.

Gearlink Kawasaki’s Irwin appeared to be struggling with machine problems as he finished fifth in Saturday’s Sprint race, narrowly holding off Reid on the Team Traction Control Yamaha as the Ulster duo completed the top six.

Yesterday, Irwin dropped a few places to finish seventh on the ZX-6R, while Jordanstown rider Reid – who had claimed three rostrums finishes in the last four races prior to Cadwell – crashed out.

Irwin remains in third place overall, 91 points behind series leader Luke Stapleford and 20 ahead of Jake Dixon in third.

Reid has dropped one place to sixth, two points behind his American team-mate James Rispoli.

Stapleford’s relentless charge to the title continued as he won his fifth race on the bounce on the Profile Triumph on Saturday from Kyle Ryde and Dixon on the Smith’s Triumph, with Rispoli fourth ahead of Irwin and Reid.

However, Stapleford’s wining streak was finally ended yesterday by a determined Dixon, who prevailed in a thrilling battle to take the win by 0.130 seconds as Ryde completed the top three ahead of Rispoli. Portadown’s Marshall Neill finished 13th and 11th overall on the InCompetition Yamaha – fourth and second in the Evo class – with Keith Farmer (Tsingtao MV Agusta) and David Allingham (Nexio Racing MV Agusta) finishing 13th and 19th respectively in the Feature race after both failed to finish Saturday’s Sprint race.