Glenn Irwin maintains championship lead after Oulton Park opener

Race Report
Glenn Irwin maintains his Bennetts British Superbike Championship lead by 18 points, after placing 11th in today's Oulton Park BSB opener. Race 1 this afternoon followed a mixed Qualifying session for the Honda squad, where tricky weather conditions hampered progress at the 2.69-mile circuit. 

Heading straight out in Q2, after placing seventh on the combined practice times, Glenn qualified ninth on the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP ready for the afternoon's 14-lap race. Dropping back places in the opening few laps, Glenn was running 11th when the race was brought to an early end on the 12th lap following a red flag. 

Meanwhile Tom Neave finished just shy of the points in 17th place, after a crash in Qualifying left him without a lap time and he started Race 1 from last position in 32nd, which was a huge blow to the BSB rookie after smashing his personal best lap times in each practice session and making huge steps across the weekend. Making up 15 places throughout the race from 32nd to finish 17th, Tom will start Race 2 tomorrow (Monday) from 15th on the grid, just one position behind his Honda teammate Glenn in 14th. 

Ryo Mizuno also enjoyed working his way through the pack, where he finished 22nd after starting from 31st, and Takumi Takahashi finished 25th. 

The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action again tomorrow (Monday 2 May) with Race 2 at 13.30 and Race 3 at 16.30, the team will also continue its Roads preparations, with John McGuinness racing in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship race at 12.30. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

I was happy enough with Qualifying, we made the wrong tyre choice at the beginning of the session and made a quick decision on track to come in and make a change, so we got one lap and we had to make it count. We probably could have made more of it, but we couldn't afford to have an abandoned lap or an over-shoot, so ninth was OK as some of our rivals were further back. The race was a bit disappointing, we've been struggling all weekend with some areas and the race highlighted this, so we have some work to do this evening ready for tomorrow's two races. 
Race 1: 11th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

We are struggling a lot this weekend. I had a good feeling at last week's test, but from FP1 yesterday to Qualifying today, I never got back to the feeling and it stagnated. In Race 1 we got back to base and were able to get back to the feeling we had in the test. We understand what the problem is and we will use tomorrow's two races to further improve our understanding for the next race at Oulton.
Race 1: 22nd

#13 Takumi Takahashi

Qualifying we had wet conditions and I couldn't push hard enough to get a good lap time. In Race 1, I didn't get a good start and I also struggled to find a good rhythm after the start, which resulted in me dropping some positions. I don't have good speed at this track yet, so first I will try to get some good speed during tomorrow's warm, with the aim to get a better result in both races. 
Race 1: 25th

#68 Tom Neave

Today was far from ideal with the crash in Qualifying and not getting a lap time after the weather conditions changed, which meant I started the first race of the weekend from the back of the grid. I always knew it was going to be a difficult race to come through, but after a really positive FP3 session, I knew I had the pace to run towards the back of the point scoring positions, so that was the aim for the race. Unfortunately the race was red flagged with three laps to go, having chased down Tom [Sykes] in 15th place from six seconds back, but we ran out of laps and finished 17th. However, tomorrow is a new day and we have a much better grid position, two races and feel we can really get stuck in. 
Race 1: 17th

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Oulton Park, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:43.086
2 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:43.793
3 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda 1:44.102
4 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:44.557
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:44.667
6 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW 1:44.676
7 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 1:44.751
8 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:44.894
9 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:44.914
10 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 1:45.322
11 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 1:45.416
12 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:45.622
13 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:45.737
14 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:45.980
15 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 1:46.061
16 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati 1:46.121
17 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:46.785
18 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:47.053
19 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW 1:52.854 (Q1)
20 Dan Linfoot 4 iForce BMW BMW 1:52.868 (Q1)

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Oulton Park, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 17:23.862 25
2 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +2.756 20
3 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +2.810 16
4 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +2.999 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +3.311 11
6 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +4.789 10
7 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +7.343 9
8 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +7.761 8
9 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +7.810 7
10 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +8.192 6
11 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +9.819 5
12 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +10.116 4
13 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.202 3
14 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW +10.581 2
15 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +18.331 1
16 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +18.568 0
17 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +19.002 0
18 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +20.135 0
19 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +26.799 0
20 Dan Linfoot 4 iForce BMW BMW +26.848 0
21 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +27.558 0
22 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +28.024 0
23 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +28.219 0
24 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda +28.487 0
25 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +29.051 0