Thrilling third for Neave and Honda Racing UK at Donington Park
Tom Neave brought his Honda Racing UK CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP machine home in third place, after a thrilling battle in today's Pirelli National Superstock race.
Tom Neave brought his Honda Racing UK CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP machine home in third place, after a thrilling battle in today's Pirelli National Superstock race. Starting from 12th on the grid, Tom had his work cut out across the 14 laps in order to keep his championship hopes alive, but getting his head down and riding a smart race he made light work of cutting through the pack to get into the group battling for fourth.
Once he had shaken off challenges from Chrissy Rouse and Fraser Rogers, Tom was fourth and started the hunt to third place, where with just three laps remaining, he made his move on Davey Todd and slotted into the final podium spot. With the championship clear in his mind, title rival Billy McConnell was in second and despite giving it his best shot, Tom crossed the line third, 1.757 seconds shy of Billy. Tom still remains the man to beat as the title fight now goes to the final round at Brands Hatch, where Tom has a 22-point lead ahead of Billy, and 23 points ahead of Alex Olsen, with one race to decide who will become the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock Champion.
The team's Superbike riders again had a day of mixed conditions with Race 2 taking place in glorious sunshine, while Race 3 was disrupted by a heavy rain shower and shortened to 15 laps. Glenn Irwin had a solid ride in the opening race of the day finishing tenth, but it was in the final race of the day in terrible conditions, where he put in his best performance of the weekend. Having to start from pit lane after suffering a technical issue with his quickshifter during the warm up lap, Glenn had 26 riders in front of him. Quickly and carefully making his way through, Glenn came home in 10th place having made up an incredible 17 places across the 15 laps.
Keen to improve after yesterday's crash in Race 1, Ryo Mizuno collected further BSB points finishing 14th. However with wet conditions for the final race and struggling with surface grip, he wasn't able to match the 14th position in the earlier race and came home 21st. Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi took on a development role for the weekends' action, using the races to test and develop new parts for the Fireblade, he came home 18th and 20th in both of today's outings.
There's now a two-week break for the Honda Racing UK team, before the season finale takes place at Brands Hatch on 15-17 October.