Top ten for Irwin as Vickers crashes out

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Andrew Irwin took the first top ten finish of his FIM Supersport World Championship career with a sensible controlled race at Donington Park today.  The Ulsterman made a strong start from the fourth row of the grid and was rewarded with tenth position and highest placed Brit at the finish of his home race.

Irwin said: “This weekend has been good, it’s another step in the right direction.   I think it’s the same thing I say every time, we keep taking steps and as long as we keep taking steps forwards and not backwards that’s the main thing.  I’m happy to get my first top ten, I know how competitive this class is and a top ten isn’t easy.  It just shows you, in Thailand I was just about in the top twenty and Aragon twentieth and we just went forward from there so we are definitely going the right way.  I think I am working well with my crew chief Kor and mechanic Matia.  The team is working hard to help me progress and I like the feeling that they want me to keep going forward as much as I want to move forward and that’s nice.  I’m really looking forward to Brno now.”

World Supersport hopeful, youngster Ryan Vickers’ debut ended in bitter disappointment with a crash at turn 7 on only the second lap of the 20-lap race.

The 19 year old from Thetford in Norfolk said: “It’s been a good weekend really, unfortunately I crashed very early on in the race.  I was trying to overtake a rider, I was in the slipstream, pulled out and I was going a lot faster than I anticipated.  I missed the braking marker and couldn’t stop for the corner. Unfortunately I took the other rider with me but big thanks to the team they have put a great bike underneath me this weekend and I’m very sorry to have crashed out of the race.”

CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “Andrew cracked the top ten, he made a good strong start as always and he rode a good race.  It’s his first time in the top ten so it’s another step forward for him. It’s good news for him and for the whole team, not just his crew because it’s a team effort we are a small unit and everybody plays their part.   Congratulations to the whole team for Andrew cracking the top ten.  Now we move on to Brno, that’s a new track for him but he proved at Imola that he is capable of learning tracks and getting a good result.   It’s a more flowing track, a long lap but let’s see what we can do there’”

“It was always going to be hard for Ryan he just got behind another rider, drafted him up towards McCleans and basically arrived there too hot, outbraked himself and crashed.  It’s been a tough weekend for him but it’s a huge step up, we always knew that but it was a chance to give a young British rider an opportunity at our home round so I hope he enjoyed himself.  We will be announcing our permanent rider for the rest of the season very soon.”


Race Results

1 S. Cortese

2 J. Cluzel +1.377

3 R. De Rosa +2.676

4 R. Krummenacher +4.618

5 L. Mahias +5.059

6 F. Caricasulo +7.003

7 A. Badovini +14.685

8 T. Gradinger +16.315

9 S. Morais +24.345

10 A. Irwin CIA Landlord Insurance Honda +25.107

RET R. Vickers CIA Landlord Insurance Honda