Honda Racing UK on the hunt at Thruxton
The Honda Racing UK team have felt the highs and lows of racing this afternoon at the fourth round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Thruxton, after Glenn Irwin crashed out of podium contention during the closing stages of Race 1.
The Honda team got today off to a flying start with Glenn scoring the second fastest Qualifying time aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to take his first front row start of the season. By mid-race Glenn was sitting fourth after Peter Hickman and Christian Iddon had both made passes, but during the closing the stages Glenn was hot on their heels and wanting a podium spot.
Passing Hickman, Glenn was up to third on the penultimate lap and the first podium of the year was looking set for the Honda team, but celebrations were cut short after Glenn suffered a massive highside and crashed out of the running, thankfully unhurt.
Glenn's teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi continue to learn the fast and flowing Hampshire circuit. Making their race debut at Thruxton and able to make up places from their qualifying positions during Race 1, Takumi came home 20th and Ryo 21st.
For the teams' Pirelli National Superstock contender Tom Neave it's been a strong round so far. Third fastest in yesterday's combined practice, Tom Qualified sixth for today's 15-lap race. With a good start off the line Tom enjoyed a solid race, as well as some on-track battles to take the chequered flag fifth aboard the Fireblade.
The team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 1 August) for two more Superbike races and the final Superstock race of the weekend.