Race 3
BSB 2022
Round 3

Donington Park delivers highs and lows for Honda Racing UK

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Donington Park delivers highs and lows for Honda Racing UK

It's been a weekend of highs and lows for the Honda Racing UK team at Donington Park, where in today's Bennetts British Superbike Championship races Glenn Irwin suffered two DNF's, but teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi collected season points aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 

Wrapping up yesterday's sprint race in fifth place, Glenn was looking forward to both 26-lap races at the National Circuit today, however disaster struck in Race 2, when while chasing down a podium position his footpeg broke, causing him to retire from the race on lap 12. 

For the final race of the day, Glenn lined up seventh on the grid with the view of recouping lost points following the DNF earlier in the day. On the sixth lap however, Glenn crashed out of the running, unhurt, after Leon Haslam highsided in front of him at Starkey's. Taking quick action to avoid Leon's stricken machine, Glenn had no choice but to go across the grass, putting an end to his race. 

For teammates Ryo and Takumi it was a Fireblade battle in both of today's races, as the duo hunted down point scoring finishes. Going head to head in Race 2, the pair moved through the pack from their grid positions, with Ryo starting 17th and Takumi 20th. During the closing stages of the 26-lap race, both wanted the final point-scoring position in 15th, swapping places on the final lap Takumi was up to 15th, with Ryo hot on his heels in 16th. Coming into the chicane approaching the chequered flag the pair were side by side and it was Ryo who clinched 15th place, with Takumi just 0.069 seconds behind. 

Race 3 was a similar affair with Ryo and Takumi chasing down points. Starting from 21st and 22nd respectively on the grid, they soon made up places with Takumi 13th at one stage. Swapping places throughout, the pair were eventually separated by Storm Stacey when they crossed the line with Ryo 13th and Takumi scoring his first point of the season in 15th. 

There's now a break in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship before Round 4 at Knockhill on 17-19 June, but for the Honda Racing UK team they head to the Isle of Man TT Races, where Glenn will be a newcomer and John McGuinness MBE marks his 100th TT race start. 

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin 2
Honda Racing UK
Today was a day of two halves really. Race 2 I felt good, I could see a few riders ahead dropping back and I was getting closer, but we were so unlucky to have a footpeg break on us. In the last race today I had a bad start, but quite an aggressive first lap, I made moves but also had moves put on me. I started to settle in and I looked to pass Leon [Haslam] into turn one, and in hindsight I should have made the move, as Leon had a massive highside in front of me. I'm glad he's OK and walked away from it, but I was caught up in it, having to swerve to take avoiding action and thankfully thanks to my kit there's no scratches on me. I'm a little hurt we didn't get good points today, as I feel it could have been a weekend of three top fives or a podium, but I'm pleased with the progress we made. 

Ryo Mizuno
Ryo Mizuno 88
Honda Racing UK
This weekend I scored points in all three races. Throughout the weekend I have renewed the way I use the sessions and have made overall improvements that have led to the results. We still have a lot to improve, but I enjoyed this weekend, we will continue to improve race by race, and try to improve our results every race!

Takumi Takahashi
Takumi Takahashi 13
Honda Racing UK
I got off to a slow start in both Race 2 and Race 3, so I couldn't complete the task I had in mind. In Race 2, I struggled to pace up from the start, but I was able to improve my pace a little bit in the second half, but it was too late. Race 3 was better than Race 2 with me working on improving my pace in the early stages, but I lost pace towards the end and dropped to 15th place as a result, which was disappointing, but I scored my first point of the season and now aim to get more.

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