Glenn Irwin looked on course for his and Honda Racing UK’ first BSB podium of the season before a late crash at Thruxton.

Irwin, who made his way through Q1 before qualifying second to eventual race winner Jason O’Halloran, was able to conserve the rear tyre and make a move on Peter Hickman for third with just three laps remaining. 

But as the Honda rider closed in on championship leader Christian Iddon for second place, Irwin lost the rear coming out of turn four (Seagrave). The crash caused a red flag and therefore an end to the race as Irwin’s Honda Fireblade was lying in the middle of the circuit with just one lap left.

Although it was a mistake that cost Irwin a first podium of 2021, overall it was a much improved performance compared to the opening three rounds, and one where ‘there’s a lot of positives to take’ according to the Northern Irishman. 

Irwin added: "There's a lot of positives to be taken from Race 1 today and I'm looking forward to the two longer races tomorrow. 

"We seem to be able to manage the tyre wear over a shorter race, I'm aware that everyone can improve and we'll continue to do our work in warm up. 

"I'm not going to dwell too much on the crash today, I'm sorry to the team for the added work and thank you to them for rebuilding the bike. 

"I am looking forward to the longer 20-lap races tomorrow, as 13 here was fun!"