Andrew Irwin’s chances of retaining a Bennetts British Supernbike Showdown 2019 spot took a double hit at Cadwell when a crash which took down Scott Redding meant a no score and a grid penalty for the young Irishman.
Irwin will have to start his works Honda Fireblade from the back of the grid for race one at Oulton Park next time out after wiping Redding out at Park in race two yesterday - but Irwin says he isn’t ready to give up on the top six just yet.
I suppose this is the highs and lows of racing, you have good and bad weekends. Fortunately we had a good one last time out and this was the bad one,” said Irwin.
“I knew this weekend wasn’t going to be all singing and dancing, but we’ll continue to fight and move on to Oulton. We’re in such a better place with the Fireblade than we were last time there and I believe we can be strong.
“With the penalty I will be starting the first race from the back of the grid, so I will have some work to do, but we’ll fight hard and not give up.
“I want to make the Showdown and I’m still in a position to do so, so I’m not throwing in the towel yet and it’s onwards and upwards to the next round.”
Irwin remains in sixth place but only has a one-point lead over Peter Hickman and five over team-mate Xavi Fores with three races remaining.