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Honda Racing complete Thruxton BSB with a 4th place for Glenn Irwin and a haul of points

Saturday

It’s been a scorching day at Thruxton for the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, where Glenn Irwin finished the opening race of the weekend in a fantastic fourth place aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, with Ryo Mizuno in the points in 15th.

After yesterday’s practice sessions, Glenn was fifth overall in the SUPERPICKS top 12, meaning he went straight into this afternoon’s Q2 session, where he qualified fourth for the 15-lap eBay Sprint Race. Off the line Glenn jumped striaght into the lead aboard his Fireblade machine, but dropped back to fifth place by the fourth rotation.

The ultra-fast Hampshire circuit is renowned for being hard on tyres and during the race the track temperature reached a scorching 48°, meaning tyre management was more crucial than ever. Glenn rode a smart race holding fifth place to preserve his tyres and eventually made a move on Peter Hickman in the closing stages, crossing the line in fourth position, picking up 13 valuable championship points.

For teammate Ryo, it’s also been a good start to proceedings as he went through to Q2 for the first time this season to qualify 18th for Race 1. Making improvements throughout the weekend, Ryo pushed hard during the race to come home just inside the points in 15th place.

However it was BSB rookie Tom Neave who made the most progress across the 15 laps. Qualifying back in 27th after struggling to find his rhythm at the 2.3-mile circuit, during the race he made up an astonishing 11 places to finish just behind teammate Ryo, and just outside the points in 16th place. Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi came home 23rd as he continues to adjust back to his BSB-spec Fireblade after the Suzuka 8 Hours.

#2 Glenn Irwin

“It’s been a productive weekend so far. Friday was a little underwhelming going by previous year’s here on the Hondas old and new, but I feel like I worked the team hard; I demanded a lot and they responded and worked brilliantly across the board. Qualifying wasn’t the first job of the weekend, it was a tick on the list, but the main job was today’s race, and to back up fourth on the grid with a fourth in the race from a championship point of view is strong, and also important to finish ahead of Pete [Hickman]. Our package today was great with the Fireblade and Thruxton is another track where we continue to improve and perform. We’ll be trying everything we can tomorrow to make a further step forward and fight for some silverware. ”

#88 Ryo Mizuno

“Today was a good day for us. We made it to Q2 for the first time this season and I also scored one point in Race 1, which is a result of the work we’ve been doing with the team staff to improve our pace. I think we can aim higher up the results, so I’ll do my best in tomorrow’s two races and aim for higher positions.”

#13 Takumi Takahashi

“We’ve tried a lot of things since FP1 this weekend, but we finished Race 1 without making an ideal big step with our progress. I’ve found something I want to try after race one and I will prepare for the two races tomorrow.”

#68 Tom Neave

“It’s been a difficult start to the sixth round here at Thruxton, however I was the rider who made up the most positions during today’s race going from 27th up to 16th, and just missing out on the points. Today’s result gives me good motivation for tomorrow’s two races, we have two more opportunities to make it happen and hopefully be back in the points, so I’m going to dig deep and see what we can do. ”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Thruxton, eBay Sprint Race

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 19:01.073 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.939 20
3 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +0.942 16
4 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +3.545 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +4.081 11
6 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +6.185 10
7 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +7.203 9
8 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +9.385 8
9 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +9.616 7
10 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +11.438 6
11 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW +13.735 5
12 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +14.121 4
13 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +14.186 3
14 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +16.492 2
15 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +20.723 1
16 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +25.558 0
17 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW +25.622 0
18 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki +25.792 0
19 Liam Delves 34 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +27.797 0
20 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +28.105 0
21 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +28.208 0
22 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +28.429 0
23 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +28.538 0
24 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +33.353 0
25 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +39.389 0
26 Tito Rabat 53 TAG Racing Honda Honda +46.451 0

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Thruxton, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:13.942
2 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:14.298
3 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:14.404
4 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:14.461
5 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:14.474
6 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:14.510
7 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:14.692
8 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:14.705
9 Luke Mossey 12 IForce Lloyd & Jones BMW BMW 1:14.832
10 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:14.846
11 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:14.870
12 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW 1:14.881
13 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:14.892
14 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:14.998
15 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati 1:15.070
16 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW 1:15.081
17 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:15.303
18 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:15.711
19 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:15.480 (Q1)
20 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:15.531 (Q1)
21 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki 1:15.639 (Q1)
22 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW 1:15.841 (Q1)
23 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:15.878 (Q1)
24 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:15.939 (Q1)
25 Liam Delves 34 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:16.113 (Q1)
26 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:16.150 (Q1)
27 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:16.180 (Q1)

Sunday

It’s been another blistering hot day at Thruxton with two races at the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit for the final day of the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, where the Honda Racing UK team wrapped up the weekend in the points and Glenn Irwin moved up the series standings where, with the Showdown looming he’s now sitting fifth.

Glenn finished the day with a sixth and fourth aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, making an impressive comeback in the final race. Lining up ninth on the grid, he was down in 13th by the end of the first lap, however with tyre management key at Thruxton, Glenn once again preserved his tyres to come through strong by half race distance.

Lapping faster than his BSB rivals ahead, he was up to eighth place, but it wasn’t long before he’d made up further places and was sitting fourth. It was then a battle to the line with Leon Haslam and Lee Jackson, with the trio trading places until lap 18, when Glenn and the Fireblade pushed ahead to claim fourth, crossing the line 1.273s ahead of Lee [Jackson]. With a total of 36 points collected across the weekend, Glenn has moved into fifth place in the overall standings with a total 192 points.

For teammate Ryo Mizuno it’s been a weekend of progress, with points scored in all three races, and Ryo scoring his highest finish so far this season. Making his way through the field and managing his tyres for the final 20-lap race, he started 21st and crossed the line just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Coming fresh from the Suzuka 8 Hours, Takumi Takahashi also made improvements throughout the weekend and impressed in the final race where he came through from his starting position of 27th to finish in the points in 14th place aboard the Fireblade.

However for BSB rookie Tom Neave it’s been a bittersweet weekend, as he’s struggled with a shoulder injury. Finishing 16th in yesterday’s Sprint Race, an issue with the rear shock forced him to retire from today’s second race. Starting 28th for Race 3, Tom showed good early pace and had made his way into 17th, but fell back to 20th during the closing stages where he crossed the line.

The Honda Racing UK team now have a weekend between races, before Round 7 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at their home round in Lincolnshire at Cadwell Park.

#2 Glenn Irwin

“Overall it’s been a good weekend, we’ve had a 4th, 6th and another 4th, so in terms of points it has been good. The second race today was a strange one, the bike didn’t change from yesterday but for some reason we struggled throughout the whole of the race. We made some changes for the final race and it was better, at the start there were some riders being over eager, which stopped me from getting closer to the front guys and getting away with them. I then had to plan the race, be smart and work out a realistic position, which I thought was fifth, then Pete [Hickman] went out and it was fourth. I was pleased with how the Fireblade was in the final race and to rebound and pass so many people is enjoyable and makes our Showdown challenge much stronger, which is always the goal. We’re now heading to the teams’ home round, which is nearly mine as we don’t have one at home, so I’ll take Cadwell Park as mine! ”

#88 Ryo Mizuno

“It was a very good weekend. This time we were able to solve the problems session by session and the process to the final race was very good. It was also the first Q2 of the season, we scored points in every race, and the fact that we were able to improve our position race by race. I would like to look again at what has changed from the previous round and work towards the next so that we can improve more consistently. I would like to thank the team staff for their hard work across the weekend.”

#13 Takumi Takahashi

“We tried a different set-up in the morning warm up, which improved my feeling a little, but in Race 2 I didn’t have a good pace right from the start and couldn’t improve my place. We tried something different for race three and got the best feeling of the weekend and I think we made progress to finish in the points, so we’ll be aiming for even higher positions in the next race at Cadwell Park.”

#68 Tom Neave

“It’s been an extremely difficult weekend, and I’m disappointed. I came into the weekend with high expectations and we just couldn’t achieve those. I’ve been struggling with a shoulder injury and it’s really hampered our progress across the weekend. I need to get it looked at ahead of the next round and come back fitter, stronger and ready to fight at Cadwell Park. It’s my home round and favourite on the calendar, we’re only at the halfway point of the season and I’m positive we can build and come back from this. The lads have proved what the Fireblade is capable of here at Thruxton, so this weekend is one of those; we move on and come back stronger.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Thruxton, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 25:28.047 25
2 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +0.019 20
3 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.293 16
4 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +10.573 13
5 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +11.846 11
6 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +11.900 10
7 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +12.018 9
8 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +12.156 8
9 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +12.232 7
10 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +16.767 6
11 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +17.139 5
12 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +18.707 4
13 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW +18.909 3
14 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +19.719 2
15 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +20.861 1
16 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +29.337 0
17 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +29.771 0
18 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +30.637 0
19 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki +31.173 0
20 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +34.445 0
21 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +37.257 0
Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Thruxton, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 25:27.217 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.079 20
3 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +0.165 16
4 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +7.181 13
5 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +11.410 11
6 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +11.970 10
7 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +12.286 9
8 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +13.872 8
9 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +15.081 7
10 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +15.390 6
11 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +19.105 5
12 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +19.593 4
13 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +21.257 3
14 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +22.308 2
15 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +23.522 1
16 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +24.666 0
17 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +25.110 0
18 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +25.111 0
19 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW +28.438 0
20 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +29.735 0

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2022 in News

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