Mixed fortunes for Honda Racing UK at Brands Hatch

Race Report
Glenn Irwin secured a top-ten finish in today's opening British Superbike race at Brands Hatch - where ninth place for Glenn aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP was the pick of the results. 

Having qualified eighth earlier in the day, across the 16-lap race Glenn had made his way into sixth, but eventually slipped back to ninth where he crossed the line, with teammate Takumi Takahashi 17th, having made his way through the pack from his 24th grid place. Ryo Mizuno's race came to an early end after an issue with the gear shifter saw him pull in at the end of lap seven, where he was sitting 23rd, having made his way through from 27th.

Today was bittersweet for Tom Neave who qualified 19th in mixed conditions ahead of tomorrow's final Pirelli National Superstock Championship race. Tom's result from today doesn't reflect the pace he's had aboard the Fireblade in dry conditions, where on yesterday's combined practice times he was second fastest overall, and topped the time sheets in this evening's final free practice. 

Tomorrow the team will be back in action at Brands Hatch, as the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship draws to a close with the final two Superbike races and the deciding Superstock race. 

#2 Glenn Irwin

Qualifying was good and we tried the new Pirelli rain tyre, but it wasn't what we expected and perhaps we needed a different setting, so a quick pitstop gave us the chance to try and get up there on the grid and we managed eighth. The race was good fun, and our pace at the end was quite comparable to the likes of Jason [O'Halloran] during the last few laps, which is a huge step from when we were here last time. The race was throughly enjoyable, I felt good, the shoulder is what it is and I'm starting to use my body to compensate the weakness, but it was enjoyable and was nice to be battling with the right riders at Brands Hatch.
Race 1: 9th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

It was an unfortunate opening race for us. I crashed early in FP2 yesterday, and today I had to retire from the race with a broken shifter. It's been a difficult session all weekend but tomorrow is the end of the season, and I'm looking forward to giving it my all.
Race 1: DNF

#13 Takumi Takahashi

I didn't have a good feeling during qualifying in the wet and I couldn't get a good lap time. In Race 1 we made some improvements with the swingarm that we've been using since the last race at Donington, and I was able to ride consistent lap times, although we still need more. Tomorrow for Race 2 I will start from a better grid position than today, so we will try to make even better steps.
Race 1: 17th

#68 Tom Neave

We've had really good speed in the dry across the weekend and on the practice combined times we were second fastest, I felt really good and everything was working really well, but we got caught out in qualifying today. It was spitting for 3/4 of the session and dried up with about eight minutes to go, and unfortunately we didn't get the tyres swapped in time. No one was to blame - it was just one of those unfortunate things that hampered my qualifying position. On dry times we were second fastest and tomorrow we're starting the race 19th, which clearly doesn't reflect any of our speed or pace this weekend in the dry. My start position tomorrow will make an entertaining race, and we'll try to turn it into a positive. 


British Superbike 2021

R11 Brands Hatch GP, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 23:39.642 25
2 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +0.160 20
3 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +2.636 16
4 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +6.675 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +6.965 11
6 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +8.976 10
7 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +8.994 9
8 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +9.084 8
9 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +9.382 7
10 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +12.446 6
11 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +13.349 5
12 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +13.404 4
13 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +13.648 3
14 Joe Francis 40 FHO Racing BMW BMW +15.589 2
15 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda +20.276 1
16 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki +20.363 0
17 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +26.703 0
18 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +28.853 0
19 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 10 IForce Lloyd & Jones BMW BMW +29.348 0
20 Leon Jeacock 55 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +30.359 0
21 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +43.463 0
22 Brian McCormack 11 Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing BMW BMW +43.715 0
23 Jesse Trayler 71 NP Motorcycles BMW BMW +1:33.226 0

British Superbike 2021

R11 Brands Hatch GP, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda 1:35.749
2 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:36.019
3 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:36.031
4 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 1:36.173
5 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati 1:36.341
6 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:36.398
7 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki 1:36.439
8 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:36.448
9 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 1:36.599
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:36.660
11 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:36.810
12 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:36.973
13 Joe Francis 40 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:37.069
14 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:38.032
15 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:38.196
16 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 1:38.915
17 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 1:40.161
18 Leon Jeacock 55 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:42.293
19 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki 1:41.063 (Q1)
20 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:41.185 (Q1)
21 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 10 IForce Lloyd & Jones BMW BMW 1:41.193 (Q1)
22 Dean Harrison 5 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki 1:41.607 (Q1)
23 Bjorn Estment 27 Powerslide/Catfoss Racing Suzuki 1:41.822 (Q1)
24 Brian McCormack 11 Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:43.703 (Q1)
25 Jesse Trayler 71 NP Motorcycles BMW BMW 1:44.803 (Q1)
26 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:45.001 (Q1)
27 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda 1:46.323 (Q1)
28 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:46.421 (Q1)

National Superstock 2021

11 Brands Hatch GP, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW 1:28.616
2 Jordan Weaving 34 Platform Hire Racing Kawasaki +0.402
3 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +2.830
4 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +3.157
5 Fraser Rogers 89 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +3.276
6 Shane Richardson 28 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +3.396
7 Tim Neave 14 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +3.555
8 TJ Toms 2 G&S Racing Kawasaki +3.593
9 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +3.625
10 Tom Oliver 50 Hawk Racing Suzuki +4.136
11 Lewis Rollo 8 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +4.288
12 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +4.373
13 Shaun Winfield 8 TAG Racing Honda Honda +4.405
14 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +4.458
15 Brent Harran 7 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +5.606
16 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +5.804
17 Chrissy Rouse 1 STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki +6.034
18 Conor Cummins 24 Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda +6.046
19 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +6.282
20 Richard Kerr 6 AMD Motorsport Honda +6.681