Honda Racing UK looking to continue good form at Oulton Park

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This Bank Holiday weekend (30 April – 2 May), Round 2 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park, where Honda Racing UK arrive in good spirits following Glenn Irwin’s terrific treble at Round 1 aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Currently leading the British Championship after the opening round, the Honda Racing squad enjoyed a positive test at Oulton Park just one week ago, where improvements were made all-round and Glenn finished the test overall second fastest. 
 
At the test, BSB rookie Tom Neave smashed his personal best lap time during his first Superbike outing at the 2.69-mile circuit. Meanwhile Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi look forward to the second round after a solid test for the pair, as they continue to learn the technical layout of the Cheshire circuit.
 
Superbike first practice gets underway on Saturday (30 April), with Race 1 on Sunday (1 May). Race 2 and Race 3 will take place on Bank Holiday Monday (2 May).
 
 Click here for the full weekend timetable. 

#2 Glenn Irwin

It's nice to go into a round as the championship leader, it's something we experienced a lot in 2020, so it's good to get that feeling back. I enjoy riding at Oulton Park, it's a track I've had some success at in the past, so I think sometimes we can be misleading when we say we struggle there, it's just that our rivals have been strong there in the past. We made a step forward at the test, and clearly made a big step at Silverstone, and that seems to have rolled over into last week’s test. My target for the weekend is three-top seven finishes, and I would be content with that, but I think we can fight for a podium position. If we leave Oulton with a trophy, that’s a huge bonus, along with the podium credits, it's three races with 75 points up for grabs and it would be nice to leave as the championship leader! 

#88 Ryo Mizuno

This weekend we race at Oulton Park, one of the most difficult tracks of the season. Compared to last year, I finished last week's test with a good feeling, although my position did not change. My teammates gave me some advice and I'm really looking forward to the races now that we have prepared for it. I didn't get off to a good start in the opening race due to a series of problems, but I'm determined to get back on track and give it my best! 

#13 Takumi Takahashi

The results at Round 1 weren’t ideal, but for this weekend I will work to get the same feeling in Race 3, as I felt really good in that race. I think we’re making progress with every run, but Oulton is not a simple track like Silverstone, so it’s still a struggle for me. We made some progress in testing, so I’ll try again to get that feeling and aim for a good result this weekend. 

#68 Tom Neave

I'm approaching this round like I did at Silverstone, with an open mind and not really knowing what to expect. Oulton Park is a technical and tricky circuit to ride, but we had a good test there the other week and I set a new personal best lap time, which is inspiring considering I'd not ridden the Superbike there before, and it's never been a strong circuit for me. So, to go there for the first time on the Superbike and drop into a PB I was really pleased with, and it's set me up in a good headspace for the weekend. The more I ride the Superbike the more comfortable and familiar I am with it, but each circuit brings new challenges and Oulton is notorious for being a bit of a rollercoaster, so there's always a lot to take in and adapt to. We had a positive first round and I feel like I'm in a good place to continue this roll and can't wait to get going this weekend.