BSB 2021
Round 1

BSB returns! Honda Racing UK is raring to go with Round 1 at Oulton Park

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BSB returns! Honda Racing UK is raring to go with Round 1 at Oulton Park

Honda Racing UK is raring to go this weekend (25-27 June) as the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship roars into action with Round 1 taking place at Oulton Park. 

Aboard the race winning Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, Glenn Irwin will be looking for further success this season in the Superbike class, building on the momentum he and the team gathered last year in what was the debut race season for the new Fireblade, which saw him lead the standings for most of 2020. 

New recruits to the team and also to racing on UK soil, Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi are keen to get the 2021 season underway. Takumi will be looking forward to getting back aboard the Fireblade SP, after dislocating his shoulder following a crash during testing, which left him watching from the side lines.  

The Louth-based team enjoyed a positive pre-season test schedule with official tests at Silverstone, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Donington Park, as well as crossing the border to Scotland’s Knockhill circuit. 

This weekend will be the first BSB event since 2019 to welcome fans back through the gates. Track action gets underway on Friday with two free practice sessions, where the top 12 riders on combined times automatically proceed into Saturday’s Qualifying 2 session. The remaining 16 riders will then take part in Saturday’s Qualifying 1 session, with the top six continuing into Q2, where 18 riders will battle for the race one pole position.

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Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin 2
Honda Racing UK
I’m looking forward not just to this weekend at Oulton Park, but also to the 2021 championship getting started, it’s come around fast and we’ve had an enjoyable pre-season. It’s nice to head to Round 1 after a testing plan, we’ve had a lot to try and will continue throughout the year, but it’s now important to work with what we have and get the best job from the current package. I’m under no illusions of how tough this weekend will be, the competition is strong, so to fight for a top-six finish won’t be easy as everyone has stepped it up. I’m looking to have a strong start to the season and come away with three solid finishes. During testing we don’t ride with each other a lot as people don’t want to show their rivals what they’re doing, so now it’s wheel-to-wheel it’ll look very different. I think the new weekend format will be interesting, I always look forward to Sunday’s races, but am excited for the Saturday sprint race and getting to race the new soft tyre. This weekend the focus is to start our championship in a strong and consistent manner. 

Ryo Mizuno
Ryo Mizuno 88
Honda Racing UK
This is my first British Superbike Championship race, and I'm hoping to finish well and absorb some experience that will help me in the future. During pre-season testing we were able to test at five circuits with different layouts, which was a great experience for us as we prepare for the season opener at Oulton Park this weekend. Now I have ridden some of the UK circuits my thoughts about the championship are still as positive as ever and I look forward to every race. Coming into my first UK race, the layout at Oulton Park is unlike any other in Japan, so I’m still amazed every lap. BSB is a great championship with a loyal fan base and I am looking forward to seeing some of the fans for the first time this weekend. 

Takumi Takahashi
Takumi Takahashi 13
Honda Racing UK
My first experience of Oulton Park wasn’t too positive during the test as I crashed out early, so first thing this weekend is to learn the circuit again! During the test programme I rode at Silverstone and Snetterton and got to know the circuit layouts and also how the Fireblade feels at UK circuits, as they are very different to Japan, but for Oulton Park and Donington Park I had to sit and watch, which for a rider is very hard. My thoughts now towards BSB having ridden some tracks hasn’t changed that much and I will work with the team to get the best results I can. I am looking forward to my first race and to also meet some of the BSB fans this weekend. 

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