Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing UK finish the BSB season in style with victory at Brands Hatch
Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing UK have wrapped up the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship the way the team started the year, winning aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Glenn also secured the runner-up spot in the overall championship standings.
Getting the weekend off to a strong start Glenn secured pole position for yesterday’s eBay Sprint Race, which he followed up with a race win. Glenn was also in pole position for today’s two races, having scored the fastest lap times aboard the Fireblade. For the final race of the day Glenn made a superb recovery having dropped back to fourth in a battle with Danny Buchan, Peter Hickman and his brother Andrew. On the 12th lap he started making his move back into podium contention passing Peter to move into third.
Working his way through the podium spots Glenn was back in the lead on the 17th lap, and managed to hold off challenges from Danny and Andrew crossing the line to take his fifth win of the season.
It’s been a strong season for the Honda Racing UK team and Glenn, who finish the year as runners up in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which is Glenn’s highest finish in the championship to date. Across the year Glenn scored five wins, one second place and four thirds.
Meanwhile Glenn’s teammates have wrapped the season up with Takumi Takahashi in the points across the three races finishing 13-15-15. Ryo Mizuno finished today’s races in 19th place and BSB rookie Tom Neave finished just outside the points in 18th and 17th.
Away from BSB it’s also been a successful season for Honda in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, where the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP continued its dominance winning the class for a second year with Davey Todd and the Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles team.
Padgetts Motorcycles are a name synonymous in the British Superbike paddock where they have been winning British championships for seven decades. The first win was in 1967 with John Cooper, under the watchful eye of Peter Padgett.
Later in the 70s Clive Padgett won and at 18-years-old, he was the youngest-ever winner of a British title. Clive’s late brother Gary also won a title in the 80s.
With Clive taking over the reins of the dealership as well as the race team Padgetts success continued, with the last British championship won in 2005 with Leon Camier in the British Supersport class.
Fast forward to 2022 and after many successful years road racing, the Padgetts team are celebrating again in the British championship with Davey Todd victorious aboard the Honda Fireblade. Over the season Davey racked up four race wins, four second places and three third place finishes, which was enough for him to win the title at the penultimate round of the series at Donington Park.
Honda Racing UK and Honda UK Motorcycles would like to extend their congratulations to Clive, Davey and the whole Padgetts family and look forward to 2023.