2-2 for Honda Racing UK at Donington Park

Race Report
Donington Park's National Circuit has proved once again to be a happy hunting ground for the Honda Racing UK team, as Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave both finished on the podium in today's opening Bennetts British Superbike and Pirelli National Superstock Championship races in second place respectively, aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.  

Having placed third overall in combined times in yesterday's free practice sessions, Tom was full of confidence heading into today's Superstock Qualifying at the Leicestershire circuit. Showing the potential of the Fireblade, Tom stormed ahead early in the session to the top of the times, where he remained to claim his first pole position of the year.

A dramatic change in weather conditions saw the Superstock race declared wet and reduced to 15 laps. Getting caught up off the line, Tom dropped down to eighth place on the opening lap. However finding confidence in the wet conditions and with a dry line appearing, he started to make his way back through the pack. Picking off his rivals and posting consistent lap times, by lap 11 Tom had moved into podium contention in second place and was hot on Luke Mossey's heels for the top spot. Passing Luke, Tom crossed the line to take the chequered flag, however the Honda-man was demoted to second place after he had passed Mossey who ran wide, under yellow flag conditions. Tom is now sitting sixth in the standings with 88 points, ahead of tomorrow's Race 2. 

Celebrations continued for the first Superbike race, with Glenn placing second after a solid ride across the 20 laps. Qualifying on the front row in third place, he had a superb start off the line jumping straight into the lead. Leading the way for the majority of the race he was eventually caught by Yamaha's duo Jason O'Halloran and Tarran Mackenzie, and dropped to third. Keeping calm and staying close to Taz, Glenn made his move to take second place where he crossed the line to take his second podium of the 2021 season. 

Glenn's teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi are getting to grips with the 1.98-mile circuit and improving their times throughout each session. During the race the teammates enjoyed a battle with each other, with Ryo eventually pipping Takumi to the post finishing 19th with Takumi 21st. 

The team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 15 August) for two more Superbike races and the final Superstock race of the weekend. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

Today was a good day coming away with a podium and in particular a second, after the safety car we had some chatter issues once the tyre temperature had dropped, but I did my best to adapt around that. It was great to battle with Mackenzie and I felt maybe with a few more laps I could have taken the fight to Jason [O’Halloran], but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that. I’m pleased to have got second, a huge thanks to the Honda team we’ve worked hard to get me in the right place this weekend. We know the Fireblade is strong at Donington, as we showed last year, but we’re still trying to find something ‘perfect’, but as Uncle Tim said, ‘perfect doesn’t exist’, so that helped my outlook, helped me understand and to accept things and adapt, which I think we managed in qualifying. We deserved that podium today and I’m looking forward to two more races tomorrow. 

#88 Ryo Mizuno

I was able to do my best in today's race. I tried to improve my pace in each session from all free practice sessions to today's race, but after the safety car I couldn't increase my pace and got separated from the group in front. I was able to keep a good pace at the end of the race, so I will use warm up tomorrow to find my pace and aim to move up further in the two races.

#13 Takumi Takahashi

In today's race I didn't get a good speed, like I was hoping I had at Thruxton in Race 1. I managed to make up some places, but I still don't completely understand this track. I need to improve to get good speed and rhythm just after start. I’ll try to push more tomorrow. 

#68 Tom Neave

I feel like I've got confidence back after the podium at Thruxton and feel I’m finally back to where I need to be, picking up from where we left off last year. I knew we could be strong here; this is my happy hunting ground. We started from pole and the result shows we can comfortably win the race come rain or shine. I’m so gutted to have been demoted to second place, I worked so hard for the win after dropping down to eighth at the start. We start tomorrow again from pole after I set the fastest lap, I know I’m on good form and have some fire back in my belly and the fact I didn’t win today, just makes me ever more hungry for tomorrow’s race.

British Superbike 2021

R5 Donington Park National, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 22:48.014 25
2 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +1.866 20
3 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.944 16
4 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +2.429 13
5 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +4.048 11
6 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +4.671 10
7 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +5.731 9
8 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +5.984 8
9 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +6.175 7
10 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +6.195 6
11 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +8.045 5
12 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +12.286 4
13 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +12.672 3
14 Xavi Forés 12 FHO Racing BMW BMW +13.536 2
15 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +13.727 1
19 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +26.323 0
21 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +27.513 0

National Superstock 2021

Donington Park National, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki 19:18.083 25
2 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 19:17.877 20
3 Lewis Rollo 8 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +2.032 16
4 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +4.890 13
5 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +5.450 11
6 Tom Oliver 50 Hawk Racing Suzuki +7.598 10
7 Tim Neave 14 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +9.219 9
8 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +10.251 8
9 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +16.667 7
10 Brayden Elliott 51 No Bull Racing CFS Filtration Suzuki Suzuki +18.530 6
11 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +26.743 5
12 Richard Kerr 6 AMD Motorsport Honda +32.022 4
13 Shane Richardson 28 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +37.017 3
14 Lee Williams 94 Team Willo Racing Kawasaki +45.140 2
15 James East 36 APTO Aprilia Aprilia +57.461 1

British Superbike 2021

R5 Donington Park National, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:05.637
2 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:05.656
3 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:05.742
4 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:05.847
5 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 1:05.874
6 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 1:06.033
7 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati 1:06.043
8 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:06.046
9 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 1:06.049
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:06.049
11 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki 1:06.073
12 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:06.163
13 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:06.163
14 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda 1:06.241
15 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:06.295
20 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:07.494 (Q1)
22 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:07.661 (Q1)

National Superstock 2021

Donington Park National, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:07.123
2 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +0.071
3 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +0.259
4 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.268
5 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +0.339
6 Tom Oliver 50 Hawk Racing Suzuki +0.339
7 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +0.382
8 Luke Stapleford 81 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +0.532
9 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +0.548
10 Damon Rees 92 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +0.580
11 Brayden Elliott 51 No Bull Racing CFS Filtration Suzuki Suzuki +0.584
12 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +0.616
13 Matt Truelove 59 Crowe Performance BMW +0.707
14 Tim Neave 14 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +0.715
15 Brent Harran 77 Optimum Bikes/Everquip Racing Suzuki Suzuki +0.717