The Honda Racing UK team have got the tenth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship off to a strong start at Donington Park's GP circuit, with all four riders scoring points in today's opening race, with title fighter Glenn Irwin finishing fifth aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
The weekend got off to a flying start with Glenn setting the pace throughout FP1 and FP3, while FP2 yesterday was cancelled due to treacherous weather conditions at the 2.48-mile track.
Qualifying seventh for today's eBay Sprint Race, Glenn made his way through the field to cross the line in fifth place, ahead of title rivals Tommy Bridewell and Lee Jackson who are just ahead of him in the overall standings. The result from today sees Glenn remain fourth overall, with just a two-point buffer to Lee in third place.
Meanwhile, Glenn's teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi progressed straight into today's SUPERPICKS Q2 with Takumi seventh and Ryo ninth after FP1. BSB rookie Tom Neave also made it through to Q2, having finished third fastest in Q1.
Q2 was the first time this season that the Honda squad has seen all-four riders together in the session, where Takumi qualified 14th, Tom 15th and Ryo 16th respectively.
In the 15-lap race it was Tom who came home ahead of his Honda teammates Ryo and Takumi as he finished 13th, with Takumi hot on his heels in 14th and Ryo just behind in 15th.
The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 2 October) with two longer 20-lap races of the GP circuit.