Honda Racing UK has had a sensational start to the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship today at Silverstone, with Glenn Irwin storming to victory
Honda Racing UK has had a sensational start to the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship today at Silverstone, with Glenn Irwin storming to victory in the opening race of the season, after claiming pole position in Qualifying aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
Kicking off the season in style, in what is the 30th Anniversary year of the iconic Fireblade, Glenn led the race from start to finish and managed to hold off challenges from OMG Racing teammates Kyle Ryde and Bradley Ray, taking the Race 1 victory and his fifth win in the British Championship.
Meanwhile teammate and BSB rookie Tom Neave had a strong first outing on the Superbike battling in a group with experienced riders including three-time BSB champion Josh Brookes, and 2013 WSBK champion Tom Sykes. Starting from 24th on the grid Tom rode a careful race and it wasn't long before he started to move up the field to eventually come home 15th, collecting one championship point.
New for the 2022 season is the Cataclean Speed League, where Takumi Takahashi recorded the fastest top speed across the board in Race 1 (176.6mph) and crossed the line 16th. Showing strong pace across the sessions, Ryo Mizuno's race unfortunately ended early with an electrical issue while running in 23rd place.
Heading into Sunday's races as the current championship leaders, the Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow with Race 2 and Race 3.