The Honda Racing UK team have experienced a mixed day at Donington Park for the tenth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, with wet weather conditions hampering progress.
The Honda Racing UK team have experienced a mixed day at Donington Park for the tenth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, with wet weather conditions hampering progress. Pre-empting a poor and potentially disruptive weather forecast, the schedule for today was altered bringing both the opening races for Superbike and the Pirelli National Superstock Championship forward by a few hours.
This morning Glenn Irwin set the third fastest qualifying lap in Q2 aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in what was tricky conditions. With the rain coming down for the opening race of the weekend, Glenn had a good start and was running in third place until lap three where he crashed out, unhurt, at Fogarty Esses.
Teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi both made their race debuts on the GP layout at Donington Park, but sadly for Ryo after setting the ninth fastest time in the morning's practice, he also crashed out of the running, unhurt, on the 12th lap, where he was sitting 12th. The 16-lap race saw 15 finishers cross the line out of 26 riders on the grid, and coming home 13th was Takumi who added further points to his BSB tally.
Honda Racing UK's Superstock rider, Tom Neave qualified seventh ahead of his 12-lap race and with the rain firmly set for the day, it wasn't going to be an easy race. Wanting to protect his championship lead as much as possible, Tom had a cautious run not wanting to do anything that might have caused him to crash out. Coming home 11th, Tom maintains his championship lead by 14 points, ahead of title rival Alex Olsen.
The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 3 October) for two more Superbike races, as well as the second Superstock race of the weekend.