Glenn Irwin has called his maiden MCE British Superbike championship race win a lifelong goal after battling through slippery conditions in the Silverstone opener.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider scythed into the lead at the midway stage after breaking away in the front group with Josh Brookes and John Hopkins. Having made the right call on tyre choice, opting for full wet Pirellis, Irwin was able to maintain his tyre life while keeping hold of a comfortable gap over Brookes to produce a masterclass ride to a first BSB win.

Irwin feels his victory was an emotional reward for battling back from a nasty arm injury sustained at Knockhill in June and while he’s already out of the BSB Showdown contention he will still savour his first win in the series.

“At this point in the season this isn’t where you want to be, not in bad sense as we always want to win more races but to build towards championships, but I am content with this,” Irwin said. “It is a mega feeling and something I’ve aimed for since I was a little nipper.

“Fair play to my team they’ve been on me all weekend and I’m not looking to use my injury as an excuse anymore but it has been tough. I am still injured but this place is a lot easier on me.

“On the grid I asked for the bike to be lowered a few millimetres just so I could have some peace of mind given how wet it was. We did our best to save the tyre and I could see Josh being quite smooth having used a bit of tyre at the beginning of the race. My plan was to not lead at the beginning of the race but only when it mattered.”

Irwin has already endured an eventful Silverstone round having missed Q3 due to an oil pressure issue which forced an engine change in less than three hours while he struggled to find outright pace during the wet Friday practice sessions.