Glenn Irwin has revealed that he’ll need championship runaway Leon Haslam to suffer a bit of misfortune if he and the rest of the Showdown contenders have any hope of catching up.
And although he feels the title could be far off, the Be Wiser Ducati rider said this weekend’s action has restored his fighting spirit.
Irwin admitted he and the PBM squad went into the last round before the championship chase with caution to the wind, and his plan paid dividends as he chalked up a second, third and fourth.
But with confidence in all weather conditions, the Carrickfergus rider is adamant he can be up at the sharp end for the rest of the season.
“This weekend has brought back a lot of fight in me,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve been dicing with the other guys in a long time.”
“Sometimes you look at the timesheets and think your pace is your pace, and you think like Formula One and conserve your tyre. But this weekend has been a bit more gung-ho for us and it’s brought me a little more success so I think we’re in a good position.
“We’ve seen our pace at Oulton Park earlier in the season and we definitely prefer colder weather so hopefully we can have that at Oulton. I’ve never arrived at Assen in good form, so it’s nice to go there with the good season we’ve had, and Brands GP the bike is phenomenal around.”
While he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to contend with JG Speedfit Kawasaki man Haslam and his 52-point lead, Irwin says the series front-runner could be unlikely to finish the season retirement-free.
“Leon’s the man to beat, there’s no point saying it’s going to be easy to beat him. If there’s one thing we have is no panic in any situations.
“I don’t want to see him get hurt, but it’s rare someone goes without a DNF throughout the whole season. We’re probably all relying on him making a mistake.”