Victory and second for Honda Racing UK at Donington Park
Tom Neave stormed to victory in this afternoon's second Pirelli National Superstock Championship race aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, making amends for yesterday's penalty hit result, and scoring his first win of the 2021 season for the Honda Racing UK team.
Starting the 20-lap race from pole position, Tom got the holeshot and dominated the race from start to finish. Unchallenged throughout and with a flawless ride, Tom crossed the line 2.678 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Luke Mossey. The result from today see's the Honda-man jump into second place in the overall standings, with 113 points, joint with current series leader Alex Olsen.
The celebrations continued for the Honda squad when Glenn Irwin placed his Fireblade on the podium in the final Superbike race of the weekend in second place. Crashing out of Race 2 earlier in the day, Glenn had dislocated his left shoulder in the crash, but having been passed fit by the BSB medical team, Glenn lined up ready to fight in Race 3.
The race was restarted after rain started to fall at the circuit, and with a shorted distance of 20 laps ahead of him and intermediate tyres, he knew what he had to do when the lights went out. Breaking away early from the pack, Glenn took the lead in the early stages, but was eventually passed by Tommy Bridewell, where Glenn then settled into a good rhythm in second position. Crossing the line as runner-up, Glenn has racked up 40 points this weekend, after his second place in yesterday’s opening race and now sits seventh in the championship standings.
Ryo Mizuno enjoyed a good day at Donington scoring his first-ever BSB points in both of today’s races, finishing 15th and his highest placed finish to date in 13th in the final race. Teammate Takumi Takahashi had a challenging Sunday after suffering two DNF’s in today’s races. Making good progress throughout the weekend in terms of lap times, today he crashed out unhurt in Race 2, and retired in the final race after stalling on the grid and being caught by the leading race group.
In a summer of back to back races, the Honda Racing UK team will now look forward to heading to their home race Cadwell Park next weekend (20-22 August).