Double podium delight for Honda Racing UK at Thruxton

Race Report
The Honda Racing UK team returned to the podium not once, but twice, with Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave both claiming third place finishes in today's Superbike (Race 2) and Superstock races aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 

Missing out on a podium finish yesterday after crashing out while running third, Glenn was determined to make amends and claim his first podium of the season. With a good start off the line Glenn was away in second place, where he remained unchallenged until the closing stages of the race. 

On lap 17 Ryan Vickers, Bradley Ray and Tarran Mackenzie started to close the gap and applied pressure to Glenn, who had dropped back into fifth. Tarran had moved into second place, and a three-way battle for third commenced between Glenn, Ryan and Bradley. On the penultimate lap Glenn made his move and crossed the line in third place, to take his first podium of the year. Wrapping up the final race of the day in sixth place, Glenn has moved into the top ten in the overall standings with 81 points. 

Glenn's teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi also enjoyed their weekend at the 2.35-mile circuit, where today Takumi scored his first-ever BSB points finishing Race 2 in 15th place. Ryo also progressed with his Race 2 lap times stronger than the group ahead, managing to keep his times within a second. 

Not content with his fifth place finish in yesterday's first Pirelli National Superstock race, Tom Neave went into today's 14-lap race with a podium finish firmly in his sights. Getting pushed back at the start Tom made his way back through the pack and by the seventh lap he was sitting fourth. The closing stages of the race Tom was taking time out of his rivals and positioning himself ready to make the move on third place. On the penultimate lap, Tom moved into third place and held off Luke Mossey and Lewis Rollo to claim his first podium of the season. Tom's Thruxton results see him move up in the overall standings to fifth in the series with 68 points. 

The fifth round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will take place 13-15 August at Donington Park on the National Circuit, where the Honda Racing UK team will be looking to repeat the success they achieved in 2020 at the circuit. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

I'm happy with the weekend in terms of points and managing to reduce the gap to the Showdown, despite yesterday's crash. The Honda worked very well and on another day I reckon we could have had a 2-2-6, but it wasn't to be. I can't complain too much as I was happy to take my first podium of the season and also the team. Race 3 I learnt a lot and gained a lot of confidence at the end of the race, with the rain heavier at the end I started to really get into the groove. At the beginning when there was damp patches I lost a lot of time and when Andrew [Irwin] went past me it really woke me up! Big thanks to the team and I look forward to Donington National, where I have great memories from last season. 

#88 Ryo Mizuno

I had a good feeling in today's warm up session in the morning and went for the Race 2, but I was last on the grid, which affected the result a lot. It was a frustrating race because I had a good pace, but it was an experience. Race 3 was a difficult race with wet conditions, which started to dry towards the end, but I wasn't able to make much progress. It's been a difficult week but I'm sure the experience I gained in Race 2 will be useful in the future races and I'll continue to do my best!

#13 Takumi Takahashi

I was able to understand the track little by little with each ride and for the second race I got the best feel of the weekend. The time difference is still big, but the feeling in dry conditions is getting better.  
The wet conditions of the final race could not be increased from the beginning until the end of the race.
The next Donington also ride for the first time, but I will continue to work hard.

#68 Tom Neave

I think I've got the monkey off my back now, we've got our four bogey tracks out the way and some good tracks ahead of us where we had a lot of success at last year. I think this is just the start of getting back on top of riding that wave of success again. I needed a difficult race yesterday to make me have a better race today, I learnt a lot from it and really needed that podium to be honest after the three rounds we've had. There's still time to turn the championship around, there's still a lot of races to go and I think we can get back to our winning ways! 

British Superbike 2021

R4 Thruxton, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 25:26.379 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +3.597 20
3 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +3.921 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +4.210 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +4.853 11
6 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +12.288 10
7 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +14.530 9
8 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +15.614 8
9 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +16.247 7
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +16.559 6
11 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +17.680 5
12 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +22.879 4
13 Xavi For├ęs 12 FHO Racing BMW BMW +26.906 3
14 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +29.089 2
15 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +31.221 1
19 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +34.575 0

British Superbike 2021

R4 Thruxton, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 27:16.033 25
2 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +0.826 20
3 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +1.834 16
4 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +5.643 13
5 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +10.310 11
6 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +12.511 10
7 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +12.791 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +18.912 8
9 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +19.881 7
10 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +21.975 6
11 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +28.442 5
12 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +31.474 4
13 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +32.457 3
14 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +38.625 2
15 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki +39.176 1
21 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +1:18.193 0
22 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +1:18.399 0