Rain stops play for Honda Racing UK at the North West 200

Race Report
Glenn Irwin will start Saturday's Superbike races at the 2022 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 from Pole Position after a superb qualifying this afternoon, which saw him top the timesheets in both the final Superbike and Superstock qualifying sessions aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 

Making his road racing debut with the Honda squad at the 8.9-mile Triangle circuit, Glenn and the Fireblade dominated today's Superbike session lapping at 124.102mph, 1.8 seconds faster than the current Superbike race lap record, with an incredible 4'20.205 lap time. The four-time NW200 Superbike winner also led the way in the Superstock session, claiming the top spot for the race later in the day, with a lap time of 4:24.671. 

Glenn's teammate John McGuinness MBE has also enjoyed solid sessions aboard the Fireblade qualifying 10th for Saturday's Superbike races and eighth in Superstock. 

With inclement weather conditions today at the circuit, the rain came just as the roads started to close for the evening's scheduled three races. Watching the opening Supersport race of the NW200 week, both Glenn and John made the joint decision to sit out of the 6-lap Turkington Superstock Race, and will be back in action for Saturday's (14 May) Anchor Bar Superbike, CP Hire Superstock and the feature Merrow Hotel and Spa North West 200 Superbike races.

#1 Glenn Irwin

Qualifying today was so good, I had a good feeling from the first lap and set about our work, and to go under the faster-ever lap by two seconds, is something that pleases me a lot and again shows the potential of the Fireblade as a roads package, as well as our potential for this weekend. To back up the Superbike pole position, with the Superstock pole position just shows the package that we have. It was great to see so many spectators around the track this morning cheering me on. I spoke with John [McGuinness] about this evening's Superstock race and spoke with some riders in the 600 race, and made the decision to sit it out. I have a young family and racing on the roads in the rain is not a risk I'm willing to take, so sorry to the fans but I'm sure everyone will understand, and we'll be back in action on Saturday. 

#2 John McGuinness MBE

I'm really enjoying this week, it's been great, we're learning loads, the Fireblade's going great and we've been working well as a team. Glenn is on fire and it's just all super positive, it's the first time the Honda has been on the roads and to get pole in both of the big classes, everyone here has a smile on their face! Today has really built my confidence back on the roads and going back to the big bikes takes a bit of figuring out, but everything is coming. It's disappointing with the weather this evening and I'm disappointed to not get out there, it's my first time back here on the 1000cc Fireblade and I'm just a bit unsure in wet conditions, so we'll save it until Saturday! 

International Road Racing

The North West 200, Superbike Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Glenn Irwin 1 Honda Racing UK Honda 4:20.205
2 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW 4:22.447
3 Richard Cooper 47 Hawk Racing Suzuki 4:23.996
4 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki 4:24.153
5 Michael Dunlop 6 Hawk Racing Suzuki 4:24.232
6 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles Honda 4:26.081
7 James Hillier 37 RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha 4:26.711
8 Josh Brookes 72 MCE Ducati Racing Ducati 4:27.054
9 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW 4:27.640
10 John McGuinness MBE 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 4:28.896
11 Alastair Seeley 34 IFS - Yamaha Yamaha 4:29.621
12 Michael Rutter 3 Bathams Racing BMW 4:29.928
13 Conor Cummins 11 Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles Honda 4:30.515
14 Ian Hutchinson 4 Milwaukee BMW Motorrad BMW 4:30.640
15 Brian McCormack 111 FHO / The Roadhouse Macau BMW 4:32.848

International Road Racing

The North West 200, Superstock Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Glenn Irwin 1 Honda Racing UK Honda 4:24.671
2 Alastair Seeley 34 IFS - Yamaha Yamaha 4:25.500
3 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles Honda 4:25.999
4 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW 4:26.404
5 Michael Dunlop 6 MD Racing Honda 4:27.211
6 Lee Johnston 13 Ashcourt Racing BMW 4:27.610
7 Richard Cooper 47 Hawk Racing Suzuki 4:28.633
8 John McGuinness MBE 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 4:28.817
9 Michael Sweeney 65 MJR Racing BMW 4:31.542
10 Dom Herbertson 19 GB Racing BMW 4:31.592
11 James Hillier 37 RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha 4:31.639
12 Ian Hutchinson 4 Milwaukee BMW Motorrad BMW 4:32.175
13 Sam West 10 Moto Hub (PRL) BMW 4:32.338
14 Michael Rutter 3 Bathams Racing BMW 4:32.525
15 Jamie Coward 36 KTS Racing by Steadplan Yamaha 4:32.613