Double wins for Honda Racing at Donington Park

Race Report
It has been an action-packed day for the Honda Racing team at Donington Park for the penultimate round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, after heavy rain yesterday saw the opening BSB and Superstock 1000 races postponed until today. With five races in a day across both championships, the Honda team leaves the Leicestershire circuit having scored a further two wins and two podiums with the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, and title hopes still firmly in reach.

In the opening Superbike race of the day Andrew Irwin made it four BSB wins for the new Fireblade this season and claimed his third victory of the year, after a dominating race. After a difficult few rounds Andrew's confidence has returned and it was clear to see today as he took to the top step of the podium once again. Unfortunately in the second race of the day after starting from third place, his race ended on the first lap at the Melbourne Hairpin through no fault of his own. In the final race, after dropping back to 11th, he made his way through the pack to finish seventh. 

The result of the first race was bittersweet for the Honda team, as title contender and teammate Glenn Irwin crashed out in the early stages having been caught out by the tricky conditions. With a DNF in the first race the championship was again all to play for and coming into the second race Glenn had his work cut out. 

Finishing seventh in the second race, Glenn was sitting fourth in the standings, 22 points behind, so a good points haul in the final outing was crucial. With a fantastic start off the line he was fourth at the end of the first lap. Keeping his head down he was up to second in no time and on the tenth lap made a fantastic move on championship leader Josh Brookes for the lead. However, Tarran Mackenzie was also after the win, and snatching the lead, Glenn was pushed back to second place where he eventually took the chequered flag. Glenn is now third in the overall standings, with an 18-point deficit going into the final round in a few weeks' time.

Meanwhile for the Superstock 1000 team Tom Neave was celebrating after he clawed back vital points to also keep his title hopes alive, where he's now just ten points shy of the championship lead. Finishing the first race third, Tom showed the full potential of the new Fireblade in the second race, holding off a chasing Danny Kent to take his fourth victory of the season. 

Teammate Davey Todd was caught out with the mixed conditions in the first race and with the track drying each lap, his full-wet set-up meant he suffered at the end of the race where he crossed the line 10th. In the second race a brake issue saw any progress hampered to finish 14th.

The Honda Racing team now head to Brands Hatch for the season finale on 16-18 October, where the Bennetts British Superbike Championship is all to play for with mathematically five potential riders who could become the 2020 champion. 

#18 Andrew Irwin

This weekend has been a little up and down, but we won another race and it was something I needed to lift my spirits. In the second race unfortunately I got hit on the first lap and took out. It’s one of those things, I have been on both ends of it before, it’s racing and we will just move on from it. In race three it took me far too long to get going, I got a good start but kind of got beat up in the first turn, which upset my rhythm a bit. It then took me about four or five laps to get into it again but once I did we had quite good pace, we should have been fighting for the podium I feel but we didn’t and I came seventh. However the Fireblade felt good and I’ve built some confidence going into Brands, I think we can do a good job and I’m looking forward it.

#2 Glenn Irwin

If you summarise this weekend from a points view it was really disappointing because we have come away 18 points behind after starting the weekend in front, so to gain back some points in the last race was so important. In the final race I knew immediately from the warm-up lap that the Fireblade was working well, so hats off to the team, they deserved this second place position backing up Andy’s win. Again it’s an all-new Fireblade and over three races this weekend we have grabbed a first and a second place finish, Tom has also done a mega job again in Superstock. So looking ahead, it’s a big ask at Brands, I would rather be the one with the target on my back because if nothing changes you are the champion, but we won’t give up. The team never give up and neither will I.

#68 Tom Neave

I don’t know where to start really! It’s so good to be back in the hunt again, this weekend I was up against it and I knew all I could do was my best, try and stay out in front and beat Chrissy in every race, which is what I have done. We have clawed the championship back to ten points so anything can happen at Brands Hatch and you never know what the weather is going to throw at you in the middle of October! I have just got to keep playing my cards right and doing everything I can. I have ten days to prepare, tick all the boxes, get plenty of training in, ready to go to Brands with a fresh open mind and do the same again.

#74 Davey Todd

It’s been a crazy weekend for us, it was the first time with the new Fireblade in wet conditions, which was difficult for us all and learning curve for sure. In FP2 I ended up throwing it down the road where we could have got some wet time under our belts, but I knew I’d be strong in the wet which showed in warm-up on Saturday, where we finished second. We made a few changes to the bike ahead of the first race, where we had some mixed conditions, which threw us a little bit as we were fully set for wet conditions so struggled towards the end of the race. I felt like I had the pace in race two, the bike felt good, but I suffered a bit with a brake issue and dropped down the order towards the end. It was a bit of a disappointing weekend, but we'll move on to Brands and see if we can finish the season on a good note.

Team Manager Havier Beltran

It's been a weekend full of emotions with Glenn crashing out in race one, finishing second in the final race, Andrew back on the top step and Tom claiming another podium and a race win! We're back in the fight for both the British Superbike and Superstock 1000 championships, so really heading to Brands Hatch it's all to play for. I'm really pleased with the progress we've made this weekend, the guys have once again shown the potential of the all-new Fireblade and it was great to see Andrew back up there. We have some work to do ahead of the final round, but it's not over just yet for us.

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British Superbike 2020

Donington Park GP, Round 15

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 22:27.782 25
2 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing Honda +1.223 20
3 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +3.951 16
4 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +6.742 13
5 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +7.441 11
6 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +7.685 10
7 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing Honda +8.090 9
8 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +9.274 8
9 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +10.383 7
10 Joe Francis 40 Lloyd and Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW +10.860 6
11 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +14.880 5
12 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +16.795 4
13 Jack Kennedy 41 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +18.758 3
14 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +18.983 2
15 Keith Farmer 33 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +22.927 1

National Superstock 2020

Donington Park GP, Round 9

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing Honda 18:26.045 25
2 Danny Kent 52 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +0.097 20
3 Tim Neave 14 Hawk Racing Suzuki +3.648 16
4 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW +3.890 13
5 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +4.005 11
6 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +4.985 10
7 Luke Hedger 12 CPD Kawasaki Kawasaki +5.929 9
8 Lewis Rollo 6 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +8.349 8
9 Jordan Weaving 34 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +13.986 7
10 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards 1902 BMW BMW +14.235 6
11 Matt Truelove 59 Crowe Performance BMW +17.521 5
12 Dan Linfoot 4 Bathams BMW BMW +20.251 4
13 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 10 Protect My Income Suzuki Suzuki +20.452 3
14 Davey Todd 74 Honda Racing Honda +21.320 2
15 David Allingham 23 MD Racing Suzuki +23.368 1

British Superbike 2020

Donington Park GP, Round 14

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 22:36.095 25
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.578 20
3 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.805 16
4 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +3.123 13
5 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +4.419 11
6 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +4.908 10
7 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing Honda +7.734 9
8 Jack Kennedy 41 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +8.307 8
9 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +11.511 7
10 Joe Francis 40 Lloyd and Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW +12.165 6
11 Keith Farmer 33 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +20.656 5
12 Taylor Mackenzie 99 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +21.243 4
13 Storm Stacey 79 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +21.504 3
14 Markus Reiterberger 37 Global Robots BMW BMW +39.642 1
15 Graeme Irwin 3 Team 64 Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.001 1

British Superbike 2020

Donington Park GP, Round 13

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing Honda 24:58.136 25
2 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +1.824 20
3 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +2.508 16
4 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +8.048 13
5 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.776 11
6 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +12.297 10
7 Jack Kennedy 41 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +12.387 9
8 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +13.841 8
9 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +17.938 7
10 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +25.058 6
11 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +25.608 5
12 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +27.339 4
13 Keith Farmer 33 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +27.801 3
14 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +28.222 2
15 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +38.199 1

National Superstock 2020

Donington Park GP, Round 8

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 17:50.050 25
2 Lewis Rollo 6 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +0.220 20
3 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing Honda +2.901 16
4 Danny Kent 52 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +3.603 13
5 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW +4.940 11
6 Tim Neave 14 Hawk Racing Suzuki +6.360 10
7 Dan Linfoot 4 Bathams BMW BMW +6.874 9
8 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +6.970 8
9 Luke Jones 82 Highsparks Aprilia Aprilia +7.531 7
10 Davey Todd 74 Honda Racing Honda +10.503 6
11 Luke Hedger 12 CPD Kawasaki Kawasaki +18.309 5
12 David Allingham 23 MD Racing Suzuki +27.372 4
13 Shane Richardson 28 Astro-JJR Racing BMW BMW +29.568 3
14 Johnny Blackshaw 5 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +38.231 2
15 Jordan Weaving 34 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +38.789 1