Challenging start at Brands Hatch for Honda Racing UK

Race Report
It's been a challenging start to the fifth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for Honda Racing UK, where the Brands Hatch GP circuit is somewhat of an achilles heel for the team and its riders Glenn Irwin, Ryo Mizuno, Takumi Takahashi and Tom Neave. 

In stark contrast to yesterday's conditions, today the 2.4-mile circuit has been blessed with glorious sunshine all day, with BSB fans flocking trackside to watch the action unfold. In combined practice yesterday Glenn did enough for the SUPERPICKS top 12, where today he went striaght into the Q2 session, where he qualified 11th for the opening race of the weekend, the eBay Sprint Race. 

However the 15-lap sprint was short lived for Glenn who crashed out on the opening lap at Druids, having tucked the front of his CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Unhurt from the crash, Glenn is looking forward to tomorrow's two longer races to make amends and look to finish the weekend in a strong position. 

Meanwhile, Tom has been making progress as he continues to get to grips with the Superbike Fireblade posting his fastest-ever lap of the GP circuit in today's race (1:26.456), where he finished just outside the points in 17th, having made up places from his 23rd start position. Ryo and Takumi also made up places from their start positions with Takumi 18th and Ryo 22nd. 

Tomorrow the Honda Racing UK team will be back in action with a further two 20-lap races, where they hope to be back fighting at the sharp end. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

I was really disappointed to make a mistake in Race 1 and crash, especially on the first lap. We came here with new ideas this weekend, they definitely have some potential, but like anything you have good and bad. So thought I'd use Race 1 as a back to back, in mind that we have two races tomorrow to give ourselves the best possible chance, but turn two was where my race ended. Brands Hatch GP isn't a strong track for us, which is something that frustrates us all because we can't just put our finger on the issues, but saying that we have some good tracks coming up and if I can have a DNF on the not so strong tracks, it's not a positive but I'll take it and hope we can have success on the strong circuits. 
eBay Sprint Race: DNF

#13 Takumi Takahashi

FP1 and FP2 I was focussing on remembering how to ride the GP circuit at Brands Hatch. I felt a bit better in FP3, but I didn't get that feeling in qualifying. In the race I got a good start, but then I couldn't pass the other riders and didn't have a good race, so I'll try to improve on that tomorrow.
eBay Sprint Race: 18th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

Today was a tough race. I got off to a bad start and couldn't make up for it until the end. We had an issue with the front suspension and couldn't improve it. We have two more races tomorrow, so I will share information from my teammates and try to improve.
eBay Sprint Race: 22nd

#68 Tom Neave

I'm disappointed with today's result but I'm not disheartened, as I know there's more to come. The goal for the weekend is to break into the 25s and we're getting closer to achieving that lap time. We're working on settings and I am starting to feel more comfortable. I think the longer races tomorrow will help, we have good tyre life so we just need to find a little more outright pace. The team are working on a different setting ready for morning warm up, which hopefully we can tap into. I've improved my grid position for the second race by five places, so we have a slightly better chance of getting in the points. 
eBay Sprint Race: 17th

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Brands Hatch GP, eBay Sprint Race

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 21:26.871 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.665 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +1.056 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1.353 13
5 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +4.411 11
6 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +5.502 10
7 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +6.140 9
8 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +6.761 8
9 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +6.969 7
10 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +10.355 6
11 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +10.402 5
12 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +16.201 4
13 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +16.515 3
14 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +22.018 2
15 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +22.700 1
16 Luke Mossey TAG Racing Honda Honda +23.201 0
17 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +23.442 0
18 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +23.865 0
19 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +29.552 0
20 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW +32.052 0
21 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki 33.629 0
22 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +34.383 0

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Brands Hatch GP, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:24.433
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:24.645
3 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:24.090
4 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati 1:24.956
5 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:24.990
6 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:25.059
7 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:25.181
8 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW 1:25.198
9 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:25.222
10 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:25.224
11 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:25.312
12 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:25.382
13 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:25.460
14 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:25.502
15 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:25.559
16 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:25.645
17 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW 1:25.868
18 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:25.905
19 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:26.254 (Q1)
20 Luke Mossey TAG Racing Honda Honda 1:26.339 (Q1)
21 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW 1:26.458 (Q1)
22 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:26.534 (Q1)
23 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:26.565 (Q1)
24 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki 1:26.571 (Q1)
25 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:26.579 (Q1)
26 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:26.634 (Q1)