Honda Racing UK in action at Oulton Park for BSB season opener
Racing action got underway today as Oulton Park hosted the opening race of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, where Honda Racing UK are ending the day on a positive note with the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP at the 2.692-mile Cheshire circuit.
Glenn Irwin has been working through the various unique challenges that Oulton Park throws at riders and teams. Qualifying for today’s race in eighth place, Glenn enjoyed a battle on track with Kyle Ryde and after passing his rival on the eighth lap, he managed to keep him at bay to come home sixth.
BSB rookies Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi got their first taste of a Saturday in the British series with qualifying and Race 1 taking place. Throughout the weekend Ryo’s times have improved as he continues to learn the layout, as well as getting up to speed riding with Pirelli tyres. Making up places from his 25th position on the grid, Ryo crossed the line 19th.
Teammate Takumi also worked to improve his lap times from Friday’s practice sessions. Having not long recovered from a dislocated shoulder, Takumi was keen to start the race and experience a BSB start procedure, but despite a valiant effort, he pulled in on the eighth lap.
In the Pirelli National Superstock class, Tom Neave enjoyed a positive qualifying session finishing sixth overall in the combined times and will start tomorrow’s 14-lap race from the second row of the grid. Making strides all weekend, Tom’s quickest lap today was 1.616 seconds faster than his qualifying time last year, where he started the race from 16th place. The Superstock race gets underway at 14.30 on Sunday (27th June).
The team will now debrief and prepare for another race day tomorrow with two 18-lap Superbike races at 13.15 and 16.45.
#2 Glenn IrwinI’m happy with today’s results, coming into this weekend I set a target of being in the top-six, being realistic and looking at last year’s results, so that’s one objective ticked off. Saying that we have to improve for tomorrow, not just to look further ahead but to maintain the result we got today, we have to make progress tomorrow. We decided to race and qualify with the hard option tyre, which I feel was a good call and helped us get the top-six, but myself and the team are aware we have work to do ahead of tomorrow. It might not be a podium finish, but this result at one of our trickier circuits I’m happy with, and this weekend is about gathering points.
#88 Ryo MizunoI was able to finish FP3 in good shape today and by following riders I was able to improve my best time by a second, I am exploring and learning every time, so I'd like to keep learning every session. I couldn't get a good flow from qualifying and I had a little trouble in the race as I find the circuit very physical, this is something we need to improve tomorrow. During the race I couldn't set a good pace and it was tough, but I was relieved to finish after the chequered flag. I'm positive that I was able to finish my first BSB race and I will try to finish higher in the two races tomorrow.
#13 Takumi TakahashiMy first race experience was OK, but the result was disappointing having to retire early, however I did learn a lot on track. My shoulder now isn’t too painful, my main problem is muscle weakness, so after this weekend I have a lot to work on to get stronger for the next round. Tomorrow I am aiming to take part in both races, but I have to take each session as it comes starting with the morning warm-up and go from there.
#68 Tom NeaveToday has been quite a positive day for me we’re starting sixth, whereas last year we qualified 16th, so we’ve definitely made improvements and I am happy to be nearer the front tomorrow. After having a bit of a difficult off-season my main aim for this weekend is to start the championship cleanly and get as many points on the table as possible, and I think starting from the second row I’ve given myself the best chance of that. I had a little slip off on my last lap in qualifying but luckily both me and the Fireblade are ok so we are ready to fight tomorrow, and I can’t wait!
British Superbike 2021
Oulton Park, Race 1
|1||Jason O'Halloran||22||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||22:15.857||25|
|2||Christian Iddon||21||Visiontrack Ducati||Ducati||+0.630||20|
|3||Tommy Bridewell||46||Oxford Products Racing||Ducati||+1.408||16|
|4||Peter Hickman||60||FHO Racing BMW||BMW||+5.913||13|
|5||Tarran Mackenzie||95||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||+12.954||11|
|6||Glenn Irwin||2||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+15.889||10|
|7||Kyle Ryde||77||Rich Energy OMG Racing||BMW||+16.155||9|
|8||Lee Jackson||14||FS-3 Racing||Kawasaki||+16.578||8|
|9||Ryan Vickers||7||RAF Regular and Reserve||Kawasaki||+17.074||7|
|10||Josh Brookes||25||Visiontrack Ducati||Ducati||+17.918||6|
|11||Gino Rea||44||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||+19.647||5|
|12||Danny Buchan||83||Synetiq BMW Motorrad||BMW||+23.817||4|
|13||Rory Skinner||69||FS-3 Racing||Kawasaki||+26.813||3|
|14||Dean Harrison||5||Silicone Engineering Racing||Kawasaki||+36.600||2|
|15||Bjorn Estment||27||Powerslide/Catfoss Racing||Suzuki||+39.899||1|
|16||Storm Stacey||79||Team LKQ Euro Car Parts||Kawasaki||+44.140||0|
|17||Luke Hopkins||16||Hopkins Racing||Honda||+52.119||0|
|18||Dan Linfoot||4||TAG Racing Honda||Honda||+1:00.138||0|
|19||Ryo Mizuno||88||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+1:12.823||0|
British Superbike 2021
Oulton Park, Qualifying
|1||Tommy Bridewell||46||Oxford Products Racing||Ducati||1:34.494|
|2||Christian Iddon||21||Visiontrack Ducati||Ducati||1:34.667|
|3||Tarran Mackenzie||95||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||1:34.691|
|4||Jason O'Halloran||22||McAMS Yamaha||Yamaha||1:34.703|
|5||Peter Hickman||60||FHO Racing BMW||BMW||1:34.757|
|6||Kyle Ryde||77||Rich Energy OMG Racing||BMW||1:34.773|
|7||Bradley Ray||28||Rich Energy OMG Racing||BMW||1:34.817|
|8||Glenn Irwin||2||Honda Racing UK||Honda||1:34.885|
|9||Josh Brookes||25||Visiontrack Ducati||Ducati||1:34.885|
|10||Gino Rea||44||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||1:34.951|
|23||Ryo Mizuno||88||Honda Racing UK||Honda||1:37.981 (Q1)|
|25||Takumi Takahashi||13||Honda Racing UK||Honda||1:38.810 (Q1)|
National Superstock 2021
Oulton Park, Qualifying
|1||David Allingham||11||Astro-JJR BMW||BMW||1:36.217|
|2||Taylor Mackenzie||77||Bathams BMW Motorrad||BMW||+0.144|
|3||Billy McConnell||3||Rich Energy OMG Racing||BMW||+0.594|
|4||Luke Mossey||32||Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance||Kawasaki||+0.677|
|5||Luke Hedger||12||Jones Dorling Racing||Suzuki||+0.721|
|6||Tom Neave||68||Honda Racing UK||Honda||+0.799|
|7||Tim Neave||14||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki||+0.868|
|8||Levi Day||17||Powerslide AJN Steelstock||Suzuki||+0.943|
|9||Shane Richardson||28||Astro-JJR BMW||BMW||+0.968|
|10||Chrissy Rouse||1||GR Motorsport||Kawasaki||+1.015|