Glenn Irwin celebrated victory in the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone this afternoon, holding off the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha pairing of Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray to open his account for Honda Racing UK.

Glenn Irwin had taken pole position earlier in the afternoon, setting the fastest ever Bennetts BSB lap of the Silverstone National circuit before delivering in the race, leading the pack and overcoming the immense pressure from his Yamaha rivals. The victory comes in the 30th anniversary year of the Honda Fireblade.

The Rich Energy teammates battled intensely for second place as they continued to try and make a move on Irwin. Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray traded blows throughout the 24-lap race, but it was Ryde who had the edge at the chequered flag by just 0.139s.

Rory Skinner held on to a strong fourth place finish for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team ahead of Jason O’Halloran on the McAMS Yamaha.

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Race 1 result:

Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK)
Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.139s
Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.327s
Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +2.019s
Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +3.533s
Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) +5.436s
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +5.766s
Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) +6.399s
Lee Jackson (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +7.937s
Danny Buchan (SYNETIQ BMW) +8.234s

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Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Silverstone Race 1:

Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) 25
Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 20
Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) 16
Rory Skinner (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 13
Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 11
Andrew Irwin (SYNETIQ BMW) 10
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 9
Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) 8