Progress made at Oulton Park for Honda Racing UK

Race Report
The Honda Racing UK team is leaving the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship with a brace of top ten finishes, having made progress throughout the weekend with the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 

Following his 11th place in yesterday's opening race, the team worked hard to improve on areas Glenn was struggling with, and digging deep in both 18-lap races, Glenn finished ninth and seventh, which is a fantastic result all-round for the Honda squad. The results from today keep Glenn at the sharp end of the championship, where he's sitting second overall - just six points shy of current leader Bradley Ray. 

Progress was also made for Takumi Takahashi, who after finishing 21st in Race 2, was chasing down the points in the final race of the day, and by mid-race was 14th. However, towards the end of the 18 laps, having felt some vibrations and suffering with arm pump, he dropped back to just outside the points to cross the line 17th. Meanwhile it was a disappointing weekend for Ryo Mizuno, who wasn't able to make progress from his 22nd place finish in yesterday's outing, where today he finished 22nd and 21st respectively.

Sadly it was an early end for BSB rookie Tom Neave who crashed out of the final race of the day on the opening lap at turn one. Tom was taken to the on-site medical centre with concussion and has been taken to hospital for further checks. The early end was a huge blow to Tom, who had finished Race 2 in the points in 15th place. 

The Honda Racing UK team now have a break in the BSB Championship before Round 3 at Donington Park (20-22 May), and now turn its attention to the Roads and the International North West 200, which takes place from 10-14 May, where Glenn Irwin and John McGuinness will be in action aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 


#2 Glenn Irwin

Today was good, we managed to make a lot of progress in a key area we have struggled with all weekend, thanks to the team. We sat down last night and put our heads together and came up with a solution, and a direction to help us move forward, which was probably one of my best rides on the Honda at Oulton Park. We did say before it was difficult and it continued to be, but even so it was an enjoyable weekend. We made a step forward today and collected nine solid points in Race 3, and now we look forward to the North West 200. Get well soon to my teammate Tom, and well done to Bradley [Ray]! 
Race 2: 9th | Race 3: 7th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

There are no words. No matter what we do, things are not going in the right direction and we are still in a difficult situation. I regret the fact that my position has not improved further from yesterday's Race 1. We will try once again to solve the problems one by one.
Race 2: 22nd | Race 3: 21st

#13 Takumi Takahashi

In Race 2 I was able to improve my lap times, but it wasn't enough and I had to think about how I should ride on this track and on this bike. In Race 3, the feeling was better than in the second race and the pace improved, so I tried to get some points. But last few laps to go I felt vibrations in my machine and struggled with an arm pump, and thereforeI lost some positions. I will improve for the next races at Donington, including my body.
Race 2: 21st | Race 3: 17th

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Oulton Park, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 29:25.084 25
2 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +0.585 20
3 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +3.389 16
4 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +3.528 13
5 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +3.830 11
6 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +7.651 10
7 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +7.799 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +8.252 8
9 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +10.001 7
10 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +10.908 6
11 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +11.440 5
12 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW +11.985 4
13 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +13.299 3
14 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +13.508 2
15 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +18.588 1
16 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +19.073 0
17 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +19.414 0
18 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +19.530 0
19 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +24.194 0
20 Dan Linfoot 4 iForce BMW BMW +24.261 0
21 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +26.609 0
22 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +31.131 0

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Oulton Park, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 29:30.009 25
2 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +2.909 20
3 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +3.036 16
4 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +5.596 13
5 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +5.841 11
6 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +6.741 10
7 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +9.594 9
8 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +9.762 8
9 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +9.897 7
10 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +13.468 6
11 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +15.968 5
12 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +16.314 4
13 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +25.179 3
14 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +27.423 2
15 Dan Linfoot 4 iForce BMW BMW +34.000 1
16 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +34.264 0
17 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +40.631 0
18 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +41.193 0
19 Dan Jones 44 iForce BMW BMW +48.230 0
20 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki +53.924 0
21 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +55.982 0
22 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +56.484 0