Honda Racing wrap up 2020 season fourth and sixth in the British Championship

Race Report
Honda Racing has wrapped up the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship fourth and sixth in the overall standings, after a successful debut racing year with the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, with riders Andrew and Glenn Irwin. 

At the opening round at Donington Park Andrew stormed to victory winning the opening and second race of the weekend with teammate and brother Glenn taking three second-place finishes. The next round at Snetterton there was further success for Glenn, who took his first 2020 race win, as well as a second place to take the championship lead. 

The next few rounds were mixed for the Honda Racing duo in terms of results, but Glenn maintained his title lead until the penultimate round at Donington Park on the GP circuit, and it was only after a DNF in the opening race where his lead started to diminish. However, in the third race of the weekend he returned to the podium in second place, after Andrew stormed to victory in the first race to take his third win of the season. 

With the all-new Fireblade very much still under development throughout the shortened 2020 season, the team and Glenn arrived at Brands Hatch 18 points behind leader Josh Brookes with everything to play for, but also a big task ahead of them to claw back vital points. Glenn's results from the weekend - sixth, 12th and 11th - see him finish the season in fourth place with 226 points. 

Teammate Andrew enjoyed a solid final round at the 2.4-mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit finishing seventh, fourth and fifth, wrapping up the season sixth with 172 points. Overall it's been a successful season for the Louth-based Honda squad with the 2020 Fireblade, which has seen four race victories and five podiums across the Superbike class.  

#18 Andrew Irwin

2020 when I look at it we had a lot of potential, we had a new bike, we won three races and it's been a strong year. I finished sixth in the championship, we lost a few points here and there, so to finish sixth and only 54 points from Glenn it wasn't such a bad year. This weekend I think we made big steps forward throughout and in the first race we made the most of what we could. The next two races were quite positive and to finish Round 17 fourth was good, we were almost the best of the rest as such. The final race was really strong, and I feel probably one of my best races this season, we made a massive step forward with the race time. I want to thank all the Honda Racing team for their hard work this season and believing in me when things got tough.

#2 Glenn Irwin

Coming into this season off the back of last year it was about re-building and reminding myself of what I can do, and also the project of the all-new Fireblade, so there were lots of goals to come better again and do a better job than we did in 2018. I had to establish myself again and I think we did that, doing it on an all-new bike was never going to be easy but it's testament to the team for giving us the package we had as we didn't expect to be so strong so soon. We had very few difficult periods, but the ones we had we will look at as a team to improve the bike, but as I say there were a lot less of them compared to the good moments. I have really enjoyed working with the team, getting my mojo back, enjoyed winning a race again and fighting for podiums and to come racing again. For me that was a big thing, to come and enjoy my racing and be happy, and be happy away from racing. Personally it's been a great season regardless of what the outcome was with the championship, it's been a huge success. Thanks to all at Honda Racing, I feel we're back! 

Team Manager Havier Beltran

2020 started so strong for us and straight away the results were above our expectations if I'm honest. What that did, yes it gives you the motivation and drive but it also puts your expectations a lot further in front than we were able to reach with the development of the new Fireblade. I said to the guys if we're to win this championship we have to be winning races and that's where it let us down. But putting all that to one side all the highs and lows throughout Superbike and Superstock, we've had a great season we've learnt a lot and know a lot of areas where we can be a lot stronger for 2021. We've had the new Fireblade to develop and we should be proud of the success we've had with it to date, I'd like to thank all the team, Andrew, Glenn, Tom and Davey for all their hard work this year. 


British Superbike 2020

Brands Hatch GP, Round 18

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 28:35.963 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.578 20
3 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.339 16
4 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +8.816 13
5 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing Honda +8.882 11
6 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +9.042 10
7 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +17.660 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +17.827 8
9 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +17.891 7
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +18.028 6
11 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing Honda +21.320 5
12 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +26.027 4
13 Joe Francis 40 Lloyd and Jones Bowker Motorrad BMW +26.168 3
14 Bradley Ray 28 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +27.224 2
15 Hector Barbera 80 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +42.349 1

British Superbike 2020

Brands Hatch GP, Round 17

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 28:39.070 25
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.085 20
3 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +10.880 16
4 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing Honda +16.097 13
5 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +16.246 11
6 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +16.523 10
7 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +16.590 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +17.889 8
9 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +17.964 7
10 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +19.935 6
11 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +24.559 5
12 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing Honda +24.769 4
13 Jack Kennedy 41 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +35.463 3
14 Taylor Mackenzie 99 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +46.244 2
15 Josh Owens 65 CDH Racing Kawasaki +56.940 1