The Honda Racing UK team has got Round 9 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship off to a strong start in today’s opening races at Oulton Park, with solid points scored across both the Superbike and Pirelli National Superstock races.
Tom Neave was Honda’s top point-scorer aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, finishing sixth in the Superstock race as he defends his championship lead. Qualifying back in 11th, Tom once again had some work to do during the 14-lap race, but showing great pace he fought hard and made his way through to fourth at one point. Eventually crossing the line sixth, he adds 10 points to his tally ahead of tomorrow’s second Superstock race.
Meanwhile, Showdown ‘title fighter’ Glenn Irwin finished eighth in today’s opening Superbike race collecting a handful of points towards the all-important standings. Having wrapped up Friday’s practice sessions ninth overall, Glenn proceeded straight into today’s Q2 qualifying session, where he was ninth fastest and lined up on the third row of the grid for Race 1. Enjoying some battles on track with Peter Hickman and Danny Buchan, Glenn crossed the line eighth.
Teammate Ryo Mizuno made his way into Q2 once again after finishing sixth in the initial qualifying session. Still learning the technical Oulton layout, he qualified 17th and despite getting up to 16th during the race, he came home 18th. Takumi Takahashi wrapped up qualifying 21st after failing to make the Q2 cut. At one point during the 14-lap race he was up in 18th place, but dropped back to finish 20th.
The Honda team will be back in action tomorrow for the remaining two British Superbike races, as well as Superstock Race 2.