This weekend (30 July – 1 August) the Bennetts British Superbike Championship returns to the fastest circuit on the calendar Thruxton, where Honda Racing UK is looking to repeat the success they enjoyed last time at the venue.
On Friday when track action gets underway it will have been 726 days since race day in 2019 and with the Race 1 win clear in their minds with the previous Fireblade, the Honda Racing UK team is looking forward to seeing how the new race-winning CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP will fare at the 2.35-mile circuit.
For Honda’s Superbike contenders, the different circuit layout will be welcomed by Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi. With the first three rounds of 2021 taking place at notoriously difficult circuits in terms of their physical nature, Thruxton in comparison is fast and flowing, but tyre wear can catch riders and teams out.
Glenn will be looking to work through and correct the chatter issues that have plagued him early this season, but with all race teams using a harder Pirelli tyre due to the abrasive track surface, the Honda team are confident that progress can be made.
BSB rookies Ryo and Takumi will get their first-ever experience of the Hampshire circuit when they roll out for first practice and with both riders recovering from small injuries, they will be thankful for the less physical track layout, as well as looking forward to learning another new circuit.
Tom Neave will be looking to add to his points tally, where in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship he’s currently sitting eighth, 41 points behind current leader Billy McConnell.
Superbike first practice gets underway at 1pm on Friday 30 July, with Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 and Race 3 on Sunday, click here for the full timetable.