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2024 North West 200, Superbike: Irwin Bests Todd Once More

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Glenn Irwin enters the 2024 North West 200 as the favourite in the Superbike class, having picked up eight wins around the Triangle in the past.

Race 3

Glenn Irwin’s dominance of the Superbike category at the North West 200 continued late on Saturday afternoon as he made it three wins from three at this year’s event, the Hager PBM Ducati again getting the better of Davey Todd (Milwaukee BMW) and Dean Harrison (Honda Racing) after taking victory in the feature race of the day.

Todd got the holeshot from Irwin with Harrison in third ahead of Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing Honda) and James Hillier (WTF Racing Honda) and at the end of the first lap, Todd’s lead over Irwin stood at 0.520s. Harrison was a further second back in third as Dunlop, Michael Rutter (Bathams Racing BMW) and John McGuinness (Honda Racing) completed the top six. Hillier had dropped back to eighth after overshooting the Mather’s Cross chicane.

Glenn Irwin, Davey Todd, 2024 North West 200. Credit: Impact Images.

On lap two, Todd again edged away through Station but by University, the leading three of Todd, Irwin and Harrison were together again with Dunlop already four seconds adrift in fourth. By the end of the lap, just three quarters of a second covered the top three, Harrison the quickest of the three riders, with McGuinness having now moved into fifth ahead of Rutter.

Third time around, Irwin missed a gear on the run up Mill Road and the gaps between the three of them stretched out on the high-speed run from Station to University. And although Todd and Irwin were together again at the Metropole, Harrison was starting to lose ground. Team-mate McGuinness, meanwhile, stopped at the Ballysally Roundabout.

Irwin took the lead at the Juniper Chicane at the end of lap three, his advantage going into the second half of the race just over three tenths of a second. Harrison was a further second back as Dunlop circulated in a lonely fourth, Rutter back up to fifth from Hillier. Paul Jordan (Jackson Racing Honda) had fought his way up to seventh ahead of Rutter’s team-mate Craig Neve, but they were promoted a place when Hiller ran straight on at the Mather’s chicane and picked up a 10s penalty.

Irwin’s lead starting the penultimate lap was half a second, but Todd got ahead on the exit of Station only for Irwin to immediately respond and slip up the inside at University. Todd then returned the favour at Mather’s and their battling was allowing Harrison to remain interested.

Starting the sixth and final lap, Irwin led by 0.611s with Harrison a similar distance behind in third but, again, Todd got through Station quickly to briefly take the lead once more. Just like the previous lap though, Irwin got by on the brakes into University.

And just like earlier in the day, Irwin kept Todd at arm’s length for the remainder of the lap, never giving him an opportunity to try an overtaking attempt. Harrison took a good third on his Superstock bike with Dunlop’s strong meeting ending with a fourth place.

Jordan came through for an excellent fifth place as Rutter, Neve, Mike Browne, Hillier and Dominic Herbertson completed the top ten.

2024 North West 200 | Superbike | Race 3
1Glenn IrwinHager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 RWIN
2Davey ToddMilwaukee BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR0.464
3Dean HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R3.342
4Michael DunlopMD RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R23.903
5Paul JordanJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R59.740
6Michael RutterBathams RacingBMW M1000 RR1:02.104
7Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:04.441
8Mike BrowneIN CompetitionAprilia RSV4 11001:07.478
9James HillierWTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:07.704
10Dom HerbertsonBurrows by RK RacingBMW M1000 RR1:14.854
11Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport by Penz13BMW M1000 RR1:16.927
12Nathan HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1:27.102
13Gary McCoyMadBros RacingBMW M1000 RR1:27.254
14David JohnsonPlatinum Club RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1:28.105
15Sam WestMoto-Hub.co.ukBMW M1000 RR1:28.730
16Julian TrummerJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:39.429
17Eddy FerreOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR1:39.791
18Michael EvansMichael Evans RacingSuzuki GSX-R10001:40.221
19Amairic BlancTeam B&M/HMLHonda CBR1000RR-R1:54.485
20Laurent HoffmannHoffmann by MRPBMW M1000 RR1:56.786
21Emmet O'GradyTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R2:01.473
22Kris DuncanKD TCC Racing/NSB ContractsYamaha R12:16.170
23Luca GottardiPenz13 Racing TeamBMW M1000 RR2:18.228
24James ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10002:44.884
25Sean McTaggartSDM RacingBMW M1000 RR2:55.831
26Sam Johnson2:56.212
27Paul WilliamsLee Williams MotorsportsYamaha R13:02.431
28Olivier LupbergerTeam by Heidger MotorsportYamaha R13:39.129
29Liam ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10003:43.440

Race 2

Glenn Irwin became the most successful Superbike rider in history at the North West 200 on Saturday, the Hager PBM Ducati rider taking his tenth victory in the class as he once more got the better of Davey Todd (Milwaukee BMW). Michael Dunlop (Hawk Racing Honda) again took third.

Irwin grabbed the holeshot from pole and led Todd, Dunlop and Dean Harrison (Honda Racing) round York Corner for the first time but Todd nipped by on the exit although Irwin returned the compliment at University half way round the lap with the front four already edging clear.

Glenn Irwin, Davey Todd, 2024 North West 200. Credit: Impact Images.

Irwin’s lead over Todd at the end of the opening lap was just 0.155s and they’d opened up a three-second gap over Dunlop, who'd ran straight on at Magherabuoy, and Peter Hickman (PHR Performance BMW) after Harrison ran wide and went straight on coming into the start and finish chicane. Michael Rutter was running in sixth ahead of Ian Hutchinson and Erno Kostamo.

Dunlop picked up a 10s penalty for his misdemeanour with Harrison out of the race after having to take to the pitlane but back at the front and Irwin and Todd were side by side on the run to University with the BMW rider taking over the lead.

He led by 0.296s at the end of the lap with Hickman up to third as Dunlop dropped back to fourth due to his penalty. Rutter was now fifth with Kostamo close behind in in sixth and Craig Neve seventh. James Hillier was up to eighth after a sluggish first lap as Hutchinson retired.

There was nothing between Todd and Irwin as they repeated their battle from Thursday evening’s race and Irwin grabbed the lead once more on the way into the Juniper chicane. They were now almost ten seconds clear of Hickman with Dunlop a further five seconds back in fourth. Rutter and Kostamo remained together as they contested fifth place. Hillier had taken over seventh from Neve with David Johnson and John McGuinness now running in ninth and tenth.


Todd and Irwin were side by side all the way from Station to University, but Irwin held firm in the lead although the gap between the two was still only two tenths of a second with two laps to go. Dunlop had now cut the gap to Hickman to three seconds as he ran a pace similar to the leaders with Hillier overhauling Kostamo but McGuinness had stopped at the Metropole which promoted newcomer Marcus Simpson into an excellent tenth.

Going into the final lap, Irwin led Todd by 0.339s and he rode the perfect lap to take his tenth Superbike race win, the duo catching a backmarker as they came into the Juniper chicane, and with Hickman going out on the final lap, Dunlop took his fourth third place of the meeting so far.

Hickman’s demise meant Hillier took fourth ahead of Rutter, Kostamo. Neve, Johnson, Dominic Herbertson and Michael Evans. Simpson’s fine ride ended with retirement at the end of the fifth lap.

2024 North West 200 | Superbike | Race 2
1Glenn IrwinHager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 RWIN
2Davey ToddMilwaukee BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR0.382
3Michael DunlopMD RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R19.637
4James HillierWTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:01.866
5Michael RutterBathams RacingBMW M1000 RR1:03.292
6Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport by Penz13BMW M1000 RR1:03.551
7Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:05.315
8David JohnsonPlatinum Club RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1:18.729
9Dom HerbertsonBurrows by RK RacingBMW M1000 RR1:35.162
10Michael EvansMichael Evans RacingSuzuki GSX-R10001:40.764
11Sam WestMoto-Hub.co.ukBMW M1000 RR1:41.728
12Brian McCormackRoadhouse Macau by FHOBMW M1000 RR1:42.013
13Eddy FerreOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR1:42.098
14Amairic BlancTeam B&M/HMLHonda CBR1000RR-R1:49.036
15Jonathan GoetschyOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR2:09.154
16Laurent HoffmannHoffmann by MRPBMW M1000 RR2:25.362
17Kris DuncanKD TCC Racing/NSB ContractsYamaha R12:26.516
18Luca GottardiPenz13 Racing TeamBMW M1000 RR2:29.716
19James ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10002:33.545
20Sam Johnson2:43.641
21Sean McTaggartSDM RacingBMW M1000 RR3:07.627
22Paul WilliamsLee Williams MotorsportsYamaha R13:08.143
23Olivier LupbergerTeam by Heidger MotorsportYamaha R13:34.544
24Jean-Pierre PoletRoad's WarriorBMW M1000 RR3:36.717
25Liam ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10003:46.105
26Donald MacFadyenMacFadyen RacingYamaha R13:55.322
27Paul CranstonP&J Fuel HaulageSuzuki GSX-R10003:59.677

Race 1

Glenn Irwin took victory in the first Superbike race at the 2024 North West 200, defeating Davey Todd on the last lap.

It was Todd who made the holeshot, and who led the first lap. Along with Irwin, he had broken away from the pack behind by the end of the first lap, and the race was already to be decided between the two.

Irwin waited until the Juniper Chicane on the penultimate lap to make his move. He then held the lead onto the final lap, but Todd fought back at Mather’s Chicane, only for Irwin to regain the lead again at the Magherabuoy Chicane. From there, Todd was unable to get back ahead. He came close at the Juniper Chicane, where Irwin admitted to BBC Sport NI that he had braked early, but he had also blocked the inside and forced Todd to go the long way round - a route that was not possible to make work.

Irwin, then, took his ninth Superbike race win at the North  West 200, ahead of Todd.

Behind, Michael Dunlop finished third,16 seconds off the win, just ahead of the Superstock machines of Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

Behind, Conor Cummins was sixth, ahead of John McGuinness, James Hillier, Paul Jordan, and Erno Kostamo who completed the top 10.

2024 North West 200 | Superbike | Race 1
1Glenn IrwinHager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 RWIN
2Davey ToddMilwaukee BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR2.545
3Michael DunlopMD RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R16.786
4Peter HickmanPHR PerformanceBMW M1000 RR17.230
5Dean HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R18.266
6Conor CumminsMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R34.509
7John McGuinnessHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R35.173
8James HillierWTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R35.561
9Paul JordanJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R45.175
10Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport by Penz13BMW M1000 RR46.395
11Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R54.107
12Ian HutchinsonMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R56.692
13Sam WestMoto-Hub.co.ukBMW M1000 RR1:00.295
14David JohnsonPlatinum Club RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1:01.202
15Amairic BlancTeam B&M/HMLHonda CBR1000RR-R1:22.237
16Julian TrummerJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:30.258
17Eddy FerreOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR1:30.637
18Laurent HoffmannHoffmann by MRPBMW M1000 RR1:30.932
19Luca GottardiPenz13 Racing TeamBMW M1000 RR1:31.290
20Emmet O'GradyTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1:33.780
21James ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10001:34.472
22Kris DuncanKD TCC Racing/NSB ContractsYamaha R11:44.087
23Martin Morris-Honda CBR1000RR-R2:00.511
24Marty LennonML DesignsYamaha R12:10.777
25Sean McTaggartSDM RacingBMW M1000 RR2:19.942
26Liam ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10002:29.334
27Paul CranstonP&J Fuel HaulageSuzuki GSX-R10002:49.146
28Jean-Pierre PoletRoad's WarriorBMW M1000 RR2:53.998
29Craig KennellyResidio RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR3:01.922
30Donald MacFadyenMacFadyen RacingYamaha R13:11.925
31Brad ClarkePowerslide Racing SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10003:15.717

Practice 2

Glenn Irwin, 2024 North West 200. Credit: Impact Images

Glenn Irwin was fastest yet again in the second practice for the Superbike class at the North West 200, lowing his time from Wednesday to a 4:16.433, putting him over two seconds clear of Davey Todd. Michael Dunlop rounded out the top three, but was still unable to join Irwin and Todd in going below the 4:20 barrier.

Dean Harrison was fourth on his Superstock-spec Fireblade, ahead of Peter Hickman on the BMW 'stocker. Conor Cummins rounded out the top six for Padgett's, ahead of John McGuinness, James Hillier, Paul Jordan, and Erno Kostamo who completed the top 10.

Full results from the second NW200 Superbike practice are below.

2024 North West 200 | Superbike | Practice 2
1Glenn IrwinHager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R4:16.433
2Davey ToddMilwaukee BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR4:18.663
3Michael DunlopMD RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:20.933
4Dean HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:22.315
5Peter HickmanPHR PerformanceBMW M1000 RR4:22.411
6Conor CumminsMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R4:24.249
7John McGuinnessHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:26.115
8James HillierWTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:26.900
9Paul JordanJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:28.926
10Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport by Penz13BMW M1000 RR4:29.577
11Adam McLeanJMcG Roofing RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR4:30.071
12Dom HerbertsonBurrows by RK RacingBMW M1000 RR4:30.773
13Michael RutterBathams RacingBMW M1000 RR4:31.341
14Ian HutchinsonMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R4:32.180
15Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:32.614
16Mike BrowneIN CompetitionAprilia RSV4 11004:32.654
17David JohnsonPlatinum Club RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR4:32.998
18Sam WestMoto-Hub.co.ukBMW M1000 RR4:33.160
19Marcus SimpsonLMR by John Cuff ElectricalHonda CBR1000RR-R4:33.464
20Michael SweeneyMJR RacingBMW M1000 RR4:33.466
21Michael EvansMichael Evans RacingSuzuki GSX-R10004:33.783
22Brian McCormackRoadhouse Macau by FHOBMW M1000 RR4:35.159
23Gary McCoyMadBros RacingBMW M1000 RR4:36.229
24Nathan HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:36.350
25Eddy FerreOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR4:36.794
26Julian TrummerJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:36.828
27Ryan GibsonGibson Motors/A G WilsonBMW M1000 RR4:37.382
28Laurent HoffmannHoffmann by MRPBMW M1000 RR4:38.388
29Amairic BlancTeam B&M/HMLHonda CBR1000RR-R4:39.557
30Luca GottardiPenz13 Racing TeamBMW M1000 RR4:40.142
31Emmet O'GradyTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:40.850
32Jonathan GoetschyOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR4:42.355
33James ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10004:43.070
34Kris DuncanKD TCC Racing/NSB ContractsYamaha R14:43.262
35Ryan WhitehallWR RacingYamaha R14:43.847
36Phil StewartPhil Stewart RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:46.139
37Martin Morris-Honda CBR1000RR-R4:50.707
38Marty LennonML DesignsYamaha R14:52.138
41Liam ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10004:54.967
42Sean McTaggartSDM RacingBMW M1000 RR4:55.207
43Paul WilliamsLee Williams MotorsportsYamaha R14:57.086
44Donald MacFadyenMacFadyen RacingYamaha R14:57.458
45Jean-Pierre PoletRoad's WarriorBMW M1000 RR4:58.018
46Craig KennellyResidio RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR4:59.190
47Paul CranstonP&J Fuel HaulageSuzuki GSX-R10005:02.659
48Brad ClarkePowerslide Racing SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10005:03.042
49Stephen Degnan-Kawasaki ZX-10RR5:08.245

Practice 1

Glenn Irwin, 2024 North West 200. Credit: Impact Images

Davey Todd spent much of the first Superbike practice of the 2024 North West 200 as the fastest rider, but a late lap from Glenn Irwin sent him to the top.

Irwin's 4:18.553 put him over a second clear of Todd, and no one else was under the 4:20 mark, with Michael Dunlop third with a 4:22.814.

Peter Hickman was fourth at 4:25.013, ahead of Dean Harrison on his first roads appearance for Honda Racing UK.

Ian Hutchinson, back with the Padgett's team this year, was sixth fastest, ahead of John McGuinness, James Hillier, Erno Kostamo, and Conor Cummins who rounded out the top 10.

Full results from the first Superbike practice of the 2024 North West 200 are below.

2024 North West 200 | Superbike | Practice 1
1Glenn IrwinHager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R4:18.553
2Davey ToddMilwaukee BMW MotorradBMW M1000 RR4:19.910
3Michael DunlopMD RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:22.814
4Peter HickmanPHR PerformanceBMW M1000 RR4:25.013
5Dean HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:25.291
6Ian HutchinsonMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R4:29.182
7John McGuinnessHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:29.706
8James HillierWTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:32.014
9Erno Kostamo38 Motorsport by Penz13BMW M1000 RR4:32.482
10Conor CumminsMilenco by Padgett's MotorcyclesHonda CBR1000RR-R4:32.924
11Paul JordanJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:33.970
12Dom HerbertsonBurrows by RK RacingBMW M1000 RR4:34.977
13Adam McLeanJMcG Roofing RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR4:35.503
14Michael SweeneyMJR RacingBMW M1000 RR4:35.728
15David JohnsonPlatinum Club RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR4:36.802
16Sam WestMoto-Hub.co.ukBMW M1000 RR4:37.136
17Craig NeveBathams RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:37.433
18Michael RutterBathams RacingBMW M1000 RR4:38.617
19Michael EvansMichael Evans RacingSuzuki GSX-R10004:38.941
20Lukas MaurerMaurer RacingYamaha R14:38.990
21Nathan HarrisonHonda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R4:40.794
22Ryan GibsonGibson Motors/A G WilsonBMW M1000 RR4:42.972
23Brian McCormackRoadhouse Macau by FHOBMW M1000 RR4:44.543
24Mike BrowneIN CompetitionAprilia RSV4 11004:44.620
25Julian TrummerJackson RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:44.766
26Marcus SimpsonLMR by John Cuff ElectricalHonda CBR1000RR-R4:45.119
27Eddy FerreOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR4:45.202
28Emmet O'GradyTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:46.055
29Jonathan GoetschyOptimark Road RacingBMW M1000 RR4:46.658
30James ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10004:47.062
31Anthony RedmondReds Garage Ltd IOMBMW M1000 RR4:48.570
32Marty LennonML DesignsYamaha R14:49.283
33Luca GottardiPenz13 Racing TeamBMW M1000 RR4:49.706
34Phil StewartPhil Stewart RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R4:49.823
35Kris DuncanKD TCC Racing/NSB ContractsYamaha R14:49.903
36Ryan WhitehallWR RacingYamaha R14:50.057
37Amairic BlancTeam B&M/HMLHonda CBR1000RR-R4:50.520
38Laurent HoffmannHoffmann by MRPBMW M1000 RR4:53.679
39Paul WilliamsLee Williams MotorsportsYamaha R14:55.027
40Martin Morris-Honda CBR1000RR-R4:55.774
41Jean-Pierre PoletRoad's WarriorBMW M1000 RR4:57.336
42Liam ChawkeChawkie Racing SCSuzuki GSX-R10005:02.218
43Sean McTaggartSDM RacingBMW M1000 RR5:02.725
44Neil KernohanKernohan RacingYamaha R15:03.475

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