In today's opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Knockhill, Honda Racing UK's Glenn Irwin secured a top 10 finish in seventh place, aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in blustery and cold conditions at the 1.27-mile circuit.
Having scored the second fastest time in yesterday's combined practice, Glenn secured himself a place in today's Q2 session where he qualified seventh for the afternoon's 22-lap eBay Sprint Race. Throughout the race Glenn stayed mid-pack and was joined by Tommy Bridewell and Storm Stacey in the hunt for seventh place. On lap 18 Bridewell made his move, demoting Glenn back to eighth, but on the last lap the Honda rider took back seventh place crossing the line 0.121s ahead of Bridewell.
Tom Neave enjoyed the 18-lap race building back lost confidence after a difficult few rounds and a crash in yesterday's FP2 session. Qualifying 21st for the race, Tom had a steady start but soon started to build momentum and towards the end of the race had started moving up through the field. Passing Danny Kent on lap 18, he then made a move on Luke Mossey, then teammate Ryo Mizuno and crossed the line just shy of the points in 17th place, while Ryo had to settle with 18th place.
Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi missed out on a top-20 finish taking the chequered flag in 21st place having made up places from his grid position in 25th.
The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow at Knockhill with two longer 30-lap races, with Race 2 at 13.15 and Race 3 at 16.30.