Fresh from a second-place podium just days ago at Oulton Park, the Honda Racing UK team with riders Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno, Takumi Takahashi and Tom Neave are back in action this weekend (30 September – 2 October), as the penultimate round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship gets underway at Donington Park.
With just six races remaining of the 2022 season, Glenn is fourth overall in the Showdown, but his hopes of the title are far from over aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Mathematically still in contention, Glenn has 1062 points and is 51 points behind current leader Bradley Ray heading into the tenth round.
Donington Park’s GP layout is a circuit which in the past has suited Glenn and the Fireblade, and with the title fight far from over, Glenn and the Honda Racing team know a strong weekend is needed to remain in contention for the 2022 title.
Glenn’s teammates will also be looking to start wrapping up the season with some solid results, especially for BSB rookie Tom who was dealt some bad luck at the last round. Showing improvements in the sprint race and again in Sunday’s warm-up, Tom then had two DNFs in both races. However keen to put the ninth round behind him, he too has enjoyed past success on the GP track in his Superstock days.
Ryo and Takumi will also be looking towards the point-scoring places as they continue to develop the CBR1000R-RR Fireblade SP at the British circuits, Takumi is a regular in the points finishing 16-14-16 at the last round, with Ryo placing 18-15-20.
Superbike first practice gets underway at 13.00 on Friday 30 September, with Race 1 on Saturday (1 October). Race 2 and Race 3 will take place on Sunday (2 October). Click here for the full weekend timetable.