Seventh in Scotland for Glenn Irwin

Race Report
In today's opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Knockhill, Honda Racing UK's Glenn Irwin secured a top 10 finish in seventh place, aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in blustery and cold conditions at the 1.27-mile circuit. 

Having scored the second fastest time in yesterday's combined practice, Glenn secured himself a place in today's Q2 session where he qualified seventh for the afternoon's 22-lap eBay Sprint Race. Throughout the race Glenn stayed mid-pack and was joined by Tommy Bridewell and Storm Stacey in the hunt for seventh place. On lap 18 Bridewell made his move, demoting Glenn back to eighth, but on the last lap the Honda rider took back seventh place crossing the line 0.121s ahead of Bridewell. 

Tom Neave enjoyed the 18-lap race building back lost confidence after a difficult few rounds and a crash in yesterday's FP2 session. Qualifying 21st for the race, Tom had a steady start but soon started to build momentum and towards the end of the race had started moving up through the field. Passing Danny Kent on lap 18, he then made a move on Luke Mossey, then teammate Ryo Mizuno and crossed the line just shy of the points in 17th place, while Ryo had to settle with 18th place. 

Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi missed out on a top-20 finish taking the chequered flag in 21st place having made up places from his grid position in 25th. 

The Honda Racing UK team will be back in action tomorrow at Knockhill with two longer 30-lap races, with Race 2 at 13.15 and Race 3 at 16.30.


#2 Glenn Irwin

That's our best finish here on the Honda in 7th place, and it's been a good weekend so far. In Qualifying it went a little bit wrong, I had a small niggle at the start of the session and by the time I got around that we did have pace for the front row, but it just didn't come together today, which falls on me, I wish I could blame someone else but I can't! 

I went into the race with a positive frame of mind, I felt quite good but we were missing a little edge grip, which in turn can go onto drive grip as once we spin the spin can continue. It's an area we know we need to improve on longterm, but I'm confident we can do that. Obviously we want to be on the podium every race, so that can be really tough. But, if we continue to make steps forward I believe we can get back up there. 
Race 1: 7th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

We have been able to improve throughout the weekend. In race one we made up five positions from our grid position. We've made some improvements for tomorrow and we'll work on catching up with the group in the points for tomorrow's two races. 
Race 1: 18th

#13 Takumi Takahashi

First, I concentrated on checking the bike in FP1 and FP2 and remembering how to ride Knockhill. I had little bit better feeling today in FP3, but in qualifying I didn't get same feeling as the morning and couldn't get a good lap time. For the race I had my best rhythm of the weekend, but I got a bad start. I am starting to get a better feeling with the bike, so tomorrow I will aim for better positions in both the races.
Race 1: 21st

#68 Tom Neave

After the previous two rounds of not being where I want to be, and putting too much pressure on myself to perform when I've not been quite right following the crash at Oulton, I was trying to make up for lost time and that wasn't the right approach, as I've been going out crashing and knocking my confidence I've had to start a fresh. Yesterday was horrendous, after the crash I was in a bad place, I wasn't confident or comfortable with how I was riding so today from FP3 it's been baby steps again, 17th isn't a great result on paper, but for me I enjoyed the race, we made progress and I can start to see me gaining confidence and building back. I already can't wait for the two longer races tomorrow and to get stuck back in. 
Race 1: 17th

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Knockhill, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 47.131
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 47.136
3 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 47.830
4 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 47.444
5 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki 47.447
6 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 47.551
7 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 47.556
8 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 47.594
9 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati 47.705
10 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 47.748
11 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki 47.773
12 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 47.837
13 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati 47.845
14 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 47.891
15 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki 47.904
16 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW 48.014
17 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW 48.021
18 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda 48.260
19 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 48.807 (Q1)
20 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 48.204 (Q1)
21 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW 48.306 (Q1)
22 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 48.372 (Q1)
23 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 48.383 (Q1)
24 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda 48.406 (Q1)
25 Dan Linfoot 4 iForce BMW BMW 48.434 (Q1)
26 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki 48.601 (Q1)
27 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 48.642 (Q1)

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Knockhill, eBay Sprint Race

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha 17:36.028 25
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.676 20
3 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +2.218 16
4 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +2.294 13
5 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +3.688 11
6 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +5.053 10
7 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +6.142 9
8 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +6.263 8
9 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +6.643 7
10 Josh Brookes 25 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +11.373 6
11 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +11.488 5
12 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +12.381 4
13 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +13.719 3
14 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +13.875 2
15 Ryan Vickers 7 FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports BMW +15.372 1
16 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +22.026 0
17 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +22.765 0
18 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +23.217 0
19 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +23.560 0
20 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda +23.867 0
21 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +25.452 0