Seventh in Scotland for Glenn
In today’s opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Knockhill, Honda Racing UK’s Glenn Irwin secured a top 10 finish in seventh place, aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in blustery and cold conditions at the 1.27-mile circuit.
Having scored the second fastest time in yesterday’s combined practice, Glenn secured himself a place in today’s Q2 session where he qualified 7th for the afternoon’s 22-lap eBay Sprint Race. Throughout the race Glenn stayed mid-pack and was joined by Tommy Bridewell and Storm Stacey in the hunt for seventh place. On lap 18 Bridewell made his move, demoting Glenn back to eighth, but on the last lap the Honda rider took back seventh place crossing the line 0.121s ahead of Bridewell.
Tom Neave enjoyed the 18-lap race building back lost confidence after a difficult few rounds and a crash in yesterday’s FP2 session. Qualifying 21st for the race, Tom had a steady start but soon started to build momentum and towards the end of the race had started moving up through the field. Passing Danny Kent on lap 18, he then made a move on Luke Mossey, then teammate Ryo Mizuno and crossed the line just shy of the points in 17th place, while Ryo had to settle with 18th place.
Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi missed out on a top-20 finish taking the chequered flag in 21st place having made up places from his grid position in 25th.
#2 Glenn Irwin
“That’s our best finish here on the Honda in 7th place, and it’s been a good weekend so far. In Qualifying it went a little bit wrong, I had a small niggle at the start of the session and by the time I got around that we did have pace for the front row, but it just didn’t come together today, which falls on me, I wish I could blame someone else but I can’t!
I went into the race with a positive frame of mind, I felt quite good but we were missing a little edge grip, which in turn can go onto drive grip as once we spin the spin can continue. It’s an area we know we need to improve on long-term, but I’m confident we can do that. Obviously we want to be on the podium every race, so that can be really tough. But, if we continue to make steps forward I believe we can get back up there. ”
#88 Ryo Mizuno
“We have been able to improve throughout the weekend. In race one we made up five positions from our grid position. We’ve made some improvements for tomorrow and we’ll work on catching up with the group in the points for tomorrow’s two races. ”
#13 Takumi Takahashi
“First, I concentrated on checking the bike in FP1 and FP2 and remembering how to ride Knockhill. I had little bit better feeling today in FP3, but in qualifying I didn’t get same feeling as the morning and couldn’t get a good lap time. For the race I had my best rhythm of the weekend, but I got a bad start. I am starting to get a better feeling with the bike, so tomorrow I will aim for better positions in both the races.”
#68 Tom Neave
“After the previous two rounds of not being where I want to be, and putting too much pressure on myself to perform when I’ve not been quite right following the crash at Oulton, I was trying to make up for lost time and that wasn’t the right approach, as I’ve been going out crashing and knocking my confidence I’ve had to start a fresh. Yesterday was horrendous, after the crash I was in a bad place, I wasn’t confident or comfortable with how I was riding so today from FP3 it’s been baby steps again, 17th isn’t a great result on paper, but for me I enjoyed the race, we made progress and I can start to see me gaining confidence and building back. I already can’t wait for the two longer races tomorrow and to get stuck back in.”
|1||Bradley Ray||28||Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||47.131|
|2||Jason O’Halloran||22||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||47.136|
|3||Lee Jackson||14||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki||47.830|
|4||Danny Buchan||83||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW||47.444|
|5||Rory Skinner||11||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki||47.447|
|6||Kyle Ryde||77||Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||47.551|
|7||Glenn Irwin||2||Honda Racing UK||Honda||47.556|
|8||Christian Iddon||21||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||47.594|
|9||Tommy Bridewell||46||Oxford Products Racing Ducati||Ducati||47.705|
|10||Josh Brookes||25||MCE Ducati Racing Team||Ducati||47.748|
|11||Storm Stacey||79||Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki||Kawasaki||47.773|
|12||Danny Kent||52||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||47.837|
|13||Tom Sykes||66||MCE Ducati Racing Team||Ducati||47.845|
|14||Peter Hickman||60||FHO Racing BMW||BMW||47.891|
|15||Leon Haslam||91||VisionTrack Kawasaki||Kawasaki||47.904|
|16||Andrew Irwin||18||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW||48.014|
|17||Ryan Vickers||7||FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports||BMW||48.021|
|18||Luke Mossey||12||TAG Racing Honda||Honda||48.260|
|19||Tarran Mackenzie||95||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||48.807 (Q1)|
|20||Dean Harrison||5||DAO Racing Kawasaki||Kawasaki||48.204 (Q1)|
|21||Chrissy Rouse||69||Crowe Performance BMW||BMW||48.306 (Q1)|
|22||Tom Neave||68||Honda Racing UK||Honda||48.372 (Q1)|
|23||Ryo Mizuno||88||Honda Racing UK||Honda||48.383 (Q1)|
|24||Luke Hopkins||16||Black Onyx Security Honda||Honda||48.406 (Q1)|
|25||Dan Linfoot||4||iForce BMW||BMW||48.434 (Q1)|
|26||Josh Owens||65||Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki||Kawasaki||48.601 (Q1)|
|27||Takumi Takahashi||13||Honda Racing UK||Honda||48.642 (Q1)|
|1||Bradley Ray||28||Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||17:36.028||25|
|2||Jason O’Halloran||22||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||+1.676||20|
|3||Rory Skinner||11||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki||+2.218||16|
|4||Lee Jackson||14||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki||+2.294||13|
|5||Danny Buchan||83||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW||+3.688||11|
|6||Kyle Ryde||77||Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha||Yamaha||+5.053||10|
|7||Glenn Irwin||2||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+6.142||9|
|8||Tommy Bridewell||46||Oxford Products Racing Ducati||Ducati||+6.263||8|
|9||Storm Stacey||79||Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+6.643||7|
|10||Josh Brookes||25||MCE Ducati Racing Team||Ducati||+11.373||6|
|11||Leon Haslam||91||VisionTrack Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+11.488||5|
|12||Tom Sykes||66||MCE Ducati Racing Team||Ducati||+12.381||4|
|13||Peter Hickman||60||FHO Racing BMW||BMW||+13.719||3|
|14||Andrew Irwin||18||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW||+13.875||2|
|15||Ryan Vickers||7||FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports||BMW||+15.372||1|
|16||Chrissy Rouse||69||Crowe Performance BMW||BMW||+22.026||0|
|17||Tom Neave||68||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+22.765||0|
|18||Ryo Mizuno||88||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+23.217||0|
|19||Danny Kent||52||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||+23.560||0|
|20||Luke Mossey||12||TAG Racing Honda||Honda||+23.867||0|
|21||Takumi Takahashi||13||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+25.452||0|
A solid weekend for the team
The Honda Racing UK team have enjoyed a solid weekend in Scotland for the fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill, with Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno, Takumi Takahashi and Tom Neave scoring points across each of the three races aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
Glenn enjoyed a brace of top 10 finishes in sunny conditions at the 1.27-mile circuit, finishing eighth and sixth after making huge steps forward at the Scottish track. In the final race of the day Glenn was in the mix early on battling with his BSB rivals for a podium finish. Trading places with Tommy Bridewell, Josh Brookes and Danny Buchan, Glenn eventually crossed the line sixth keeping himself in Showdown contention in the overall standings in sixth place with 134 points.
Tom Neave managed to turn his weekend around following a heavy crash in Friday’s practice to finish today’s races firmly in the points. Building back his confidence in yesterday’s opening race, the Superbike rookie had a solid day today finishing 13th in Race 2 and 14th in the final race having come through from 21st.
Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi also made huge improvements across the weekend each claiming championship points in today’s races. Having just missed out on the points yesterday Ryo finished 15th in Race 2, but the final race came to an early end after a rose joint on the gear link broke, forcing him to retire on the ninth lap. Meanwhile Takumi came home just outside the points in Race 2 in 16th having come through the pack from 20th on the grid, but it was the last race of the day which gifted a point as he crossed the line in 15th.
There’s now a short break in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which resumes on 22-24 July with round five taking place at Brands Hatch in Kent.