Honda Racing UK is arriving at Donington Park this weekend (13-15 August) on a high after Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave both returned to the podium last time out at Thruxton, aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, in their respective classes.
Returning to Donington’s National circuit, the team have happy memories at the 1.98-mile track after scoring an impressive double 1-2 last year at the opening round and Tom taking his first-ever Superstock win, all during the Fireblade SP’s debut race weekend.
With the success of 2020 and the team continuing to build momentum, the fifth round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is shaping up to be an exciting one. Glenn will be looking to repeat the success he enjoyed at Donington Park last August, challenging for the win and finishing all three races in second place.
For Glenn’s teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi, Donington Park is another new circuit to learn, but one Ryo was able to test at pre-season. Liking the track layout, Ryo is eager to return to the Leicestershire circuit and work his way up the timings across the weekend.
Takumi missed the official pre-season test at Donington Park due to injury, so Friday’s first practice will be about gaining track knowledge. Progressing, and learning more and more during each event, Takumi scored his first-ever BSB points at the previous round and he’s keen to add to his tally this weekend.
Meanwhile, Tom Neave in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship will be looking for a repeat performance of last year, when he took his debut win in the Superstock class at the National circuit, where he currently holds the Superstock lap record of 1:07.419.
Superbike first practice gets underway at 1pm on Friday 13 August, with Race 1 taking place on Saturday and Race 2 and Race 3 on Sunday. Click here for the full timetable.