Glenn Irwin maintains his Bennetts British Superbike Championship lead by 18 points, after placing 11th in today's Oulton Park BSB opener
Glenn Irwin maintains his Bennetts British Superbike Championship lead by 18 points, after placing 11th in today's Oulton Park BSB opener. Race 1 this afternoon followed a mixed Qualifying session for the Honda squad, where tricky weather conditions hampered progress at the 2.69-mile circuit.
Heading straight out in Q2, after placing seventh on the combined practice times, Glenn qualified ninth on the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP ready for the afternoon's 14-lap race. Dropping back places in the opening few laps, Glenn was running 11th when the race was brought to an early end on the 12th lap following a red flag.
Meanwhile Tom Neave finished just shy of the points in 17th place, after a crash in Qualifying left him without a lap time and he started Race 1 from last position in 32nd, which was a huge blow to the BSB rookie after smashing his personal best lap times in each practice session and making huge steps across the weekend. Making up 15 places throughout the race from 32nd to finish 17th, Tom will start Race 2 tomorrow (Monday) from 15th on the grid, just one position behind his Honda teammate Glenn in 14th.
Ryo Mizuno also enjoyed working his way through the pack, where he finished 22nd after starting from 31st, and Takumi Takahashi finished 25th.
The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action again tomorrow (Monday 2 May) with Race 2 at 13.30 and Race 3 at 16.30, the team will also continue its Roads preparations, with John McGuinness racing in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship race at 12.30.