EBay Sprint Race
BSB 2022
Round 6

Fantastic fourth for Glenn Irwin at super-fast Thruxton

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Fantastic fourth for Glenn Irwin at super-fast Thruxton

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. 

The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 14 August) at Thruxton for two longer 20-lap races.

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin 2
Honda Racing UK
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. 

Ryo Mizuno
Ryo Mizuno 88
Honda Racing UK
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.

Takumi Takahashi
Takumi Takahashi 13
Honda Racing UK
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.

Tom Neave
Tom Neave 68
Honda Racing UK
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. 

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