Pole Positions all round for Honda Racing UK

Race Report
Honda Racing UK kicked off their home round at Cadwell Park with Pole Positions in both the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock and the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

Glenn Irwin set his fastest qualifying lap in Q2 aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP grabbing his first Qualifying Pole Position this season and an unofficial lap record of 1:26.012. With a strong start and the advantage of pole, Glenn maintained his lead until lap 7. After 14 laps of the narrow and unique Cadwell Park circuit, Irwin finished in 4th to add 13 championship points to his tally.

Teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi both made their race debuts at Cadwell Park with Takumi having his best qualifying session yet placing 4th in Q1 and getting into Q2 for the first time. Heading into the race from Row 6 in 18th, Takumi made good progress in the latter stages of the race moving up two places to take 16th while Ryo also improved on his 20th grid position to finish 19th.

Honda Racing UK's Superstock rider, Tom Neave also had a sensational qualifying aboard the Fireblade SP. Heading out as soon as the pit lane opened to attack Cadwell Park with a clear track ahead, it was clear Tom was on the pace immediately and using his home circuit knowledge to great advantage to set a Pole Position lap time of just 1:27.656, the fastest ever lap of Cadwell Park on a Superstock machine. 

The team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 22 August) for two more Superbike races and the Superstock race of the weekend. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

I am really happy with the race and how the Fireblade SP is working, the team's in a good place, the bike's in a good place and has huge potential. In Superstock spec it's incredible. But, in the race, we started to get some chatter that robbed us of the chance to score big today. We'll look at the data and work on it for the sessions tomorrow. But, I'm not too disappointed with 4th place, it's 13 more championship points towards the Showdown.

#88 Ryo Mizuno

The problem I had in qualifying was solved for the race and I had a good pace from the start. But I made a mistake and went off the track early and I was out of the group. It was a baptism of fire for this special circuit, but I'm feeling better and better every time I go out on the track, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow and trying to finish on a happy note!

#13 Takumi Takahashi

It was good to be in Q2 for the first time, but I couldn’t improve my lap time in Q2. In Race1, I didn't make a good start and during the race, I wasn't as fast as I had been in qualifying. With two more races tomorrow I'll work with what I've learned so far and we will try to improve even more.

#68 Tom Neave

Despite topping the board in yesterday's free practice, I knew I had so much more to give aboard the Fireblade SP. Our strategy for qualifying was to be first on track today, and that gave me the clear laps I needed to showcase what I'm capable of and really crack on. But, I never expected to get into the 27s and take pole by a good margin. I was even going quicker into my second flying lap before I caught up with traffic in the last sector. We're in a really good place and I'm feeling very confident for the race tomorrow.

British Superbike 2021

R6 Cadwell Park, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 20:21.062 25
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +2.080 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +3.729 16
4 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +4.348 13
5 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +4.529 11
6 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +4.617 10
7 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +5.253 9
8 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +7.120 8
9 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +8.084 7
10 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +9.729 6
11 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki +17.295 0
12 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +18.059 0
13 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +20.200 3
14 Xavi Forés 12 FHO Racing BMW BMW +21.693 2
15 Tim Neave 54 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +27.090 1
16 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +34.723 0
17 Bjorn Estment 27 Powerslide/Catfoss Racing Suzuki +37.790 0
18 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 10 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.534 0
19 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +51.768 0
20 Brian McCormack 11 Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing BMW BMW +1:12.074 0
21 James Hillier 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +1:19.361 0

British Superbike 2021

R6 Cadwell Park, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:26.012
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:26.053
3 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:26.129
4 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati 1:26.290
5 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:26.307
6 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 1:26.413
7 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 1:26.591
8 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki 1:26.646
9 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:26.687
10 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 1:26.731
11 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda 1:26.791
12 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:26.831
13 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 1:26.866
14 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 1:27.067
15 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki 1:27.263
16 Xavi Forés 12 FHO Racing BMW BMW 1:27.356
17 Tim Neave 54 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 1:27.506
18 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:27.601
20 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:28.342 (Q1)

National Superstock 2021

R6 Cadwell Park, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 1:27.656
2 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +0.685
3 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.712
4 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +0.951
5 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +1.023
6 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +1.077
7 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +1.102
8 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +1.126
10 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +1.472