It's been another blistering hot day at Thruxton with two races at the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit for the final day of the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, where the Honda Racing UK team wrapped up the weekend in the points and Glenn Irwin moved up the series standings where, with the Showdown looming he's now sitting fifth.
Glenn finished the day with a sixth and fourth aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, making an impressive comeback in the final race. Lining up ninth on the grid, he was down in 13th by the end of the first lap, however with tyre management key at Thruxton, Glenn once again preserved his tyres to come through strong by half race distance.
Lapping faster than his BSB rivals ahead, he was up to eighth place, but it wasn't long before he'd made up further places and was sitting fourth. It was then a battle to the line with Leon Haslam and Lee Jackson, with the trio trading places until lap 18, when Glenn and the Fireblade pushed ahead to claim fourth, crossing the line 1.273s ahead of Lee [Jackson]. With a total of 36 points collected across the weekend, Glenn has moved into fifth place in the overall standings with a total 192 points.
For teammate Ryo Mizuno it's been a weekend of progress, with points scored in all three races, and Ryo scoring his highest finish so far this season. Making his way through the field and managing his tyres for the final 20-lap race, he started 21st and crossed the line just outside the top 10 in 12th place.
Coming fresh from the Suzuka 8 Hours, Takumi Takahashi also made improvements throughout the weekend and impressed in the final race where he came through from his starting position of 27th to finish in the points in 14th place aboard the Fireblade.
However for BSB rookie Tom Neave it's been a bittersweet weekend, as he's struggled with a shoulder injury. Finishing 16th in yesterday's Sprint Race, an issue with the rear shock forced him to retire from today's second race. Starting 28th for Race 3, Tom showed good early pace and had made his way into 17th, but fell back to 20th during the closing stages where he crossed the line.
The Honda Racing UK team now have a weekend between races, before Round 7 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at their home round in Lincolnshire at Cadwell Park.