Sixth place for Glenn Irwin maintains championship lead

Race Report
Honda Racing leaves Rounds 10/11/12 at Oulton Park with a two point lead in the overall standings with Glenn Irwin after what has been a challenging weekend, with set-up issues at the technical track plaguing progress for the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in both the Bennetts British Superbike and Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championships.

Today's opening race was a mixed bag for Andrew and Glenn Irwin, with good starting positions after yesterday's race, the teammates lined up fifth and sixth on the grid. With times consistent throughout, Andrew settled into a rhythm and was holding onto fifth place until the final lap, where he dropped back to take the chequered flag in seventh. Unfortunately Glenn's race came to an early end, as on the 12th lap he retired from seventh place, with a heavy vibration coming from his machine. 

A strong finish in the final race of the day was vital for Glenn and the Honda team, with Jason O'Halloran taking two wins over the weekend to propel him to second place in the championship standings. Digging deep Glenn pushed hard over the 18 laps and battled with Danny Buchan for fifth place, but eventually crossed the line in sixth. 

In the championship standings Glenn still maintains his lead, by just two points after Jason finished fourth, with Lee Jackson snatching third place from the McAMS Yamaha rider as they approached the finish line. It was an unfortunate race for Andrew, who after starting from seventh was looking strong but stopped on the opening lap with a technical problem. 

The Superstock team with Tom Neave and Davey Todd also had a tough weekend, but made progress in their second race today. Starting from 20th on the grid, Davey put in his fastest lap of the weekend improving by 1.3 seconds to cross the line 15th. Meanwhile Tom had a lucky escape on the second lap when Matt Truelove crashed in front of him. With nowhere to go he ran across Matt's stricken machine, which caused him to drop places, where he finished 10th. After the weekend Tom is sitting second in the championship, 27 points behind title rival Chrissy Rouse. 

With the next event in two weekends' time (2/3/4 October), the Honda Racing squad will return to its Louth HQ where they will regroup ahead of Donington Park GP, where at the opening round on the national circuit they enjoyed wins across both BSB and Superstock 1000.  

#18 Andrew Irwin

The weekend was reasonable I think, coming here I said to myself to aim to be inside the top six - in the first race we were fifth, and the second race we were fifth until the last few laps and then ended up seventh. Seventh maybe isn't ideal but after how things have been recently, we had another weekend with no mistakes and no incidents, so I'm taking that as a positive! The next rounds are at Donington Park where we were really strong at the start of the year, we've improved the new Fireblade since we were last there so we'll go there open minded and try and be in the top six again and closer to where I feel we should be. The team did a good job across the weekend as always, and we move to Donington Park with a positive mindset.

#2 Glenn Irwin

The first race today, for sure it was annoying to have to retire, we've had a pretty perfect record with no crashes and that's a big part of the quest of what we want to achieve. In the last race I was doing some maths with the championship standings and I threw everything at it to try and pass Danny, which would have meant if Jason stayed where he was we would have been equal in the championship. But Lee passed Jason, which meant we've just kept the title lead. This was probably our weakest track so far, but it's a new bike and this year we didn't expect to be where we are. So I think we need to remind ourselves of that and we probably would have been happy with fifths and sixths here this weekend without the success we have enjoyed. That last race was the fastest of the weekend and I gave it all I could as I know what's at stake, I also felt I owed the team a stronger performance, I felt more ready before that last race after the set back. Thanks to the boys, we did make positive changes and it's the best the bike was all weekend, thank you. 

#68 Tom Neave

It’s been a really testing weekend having not been here on the new Fireblade. We always knew we were going to be up against it, especially when there’s been a lot of lads who’ve been to Oulton prior to the weekend. We struggled a hell of a lot and we were just unfortunate not to have got it right this weekend. Luckily, the next round is Donington Park which I’ve won at this year, and also hold the lap record on the national circuit, so I do feel more confident going there and hopefully we can get the championship back on track and finish strong. The next few weeks I'm just going to make sure I work harder than ever before, so we arrive at the next round ready to go and put up a good fight for the championship. 

#74 Davey Todd

In all honesty that was a really tough race, we pushed hard in that one to do something different, we made some massive changes in morning warm-up to try and get the bike dialled in, with a few big changes for the race again. To be honest it's just been against us this weekend, it's a different track than the ones we've been racing at all season, and it can be difficult to find a set-up over a race weekend. We did make a lot of progress and hats off to the guys, they worked flat out all weekend to give us a setting and we moved forward, it was just unfortunate with the results. We're getting there and will move onto the next round at Donington, we've been there before so we should be somewhere near and I can't wait for two weeks now.

Team Manager Havier Beltran

We knew Oulton Park was always going to be a challenge for us having not ridden here prior with the new Fireblade and it highlighted the areas we need to improve on. That said, we did make progress over the weekend but we seemed to be on the back foot and not able to challenge at the front. We are running a brand-new machine and we've enjoyed success, which I don't think anyone expected, so we need to remember that when we have a tough weekend. With Donington Park being the next round, we will be concentrating and looking at ways to improve and be strong at Rounds 13/14/15. 

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British Superbike 2020

Oulton Park, Round 12

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 28:32.774 25
2 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +1.622 20
3 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.803 16
4 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.899 13
5 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.176 11
6 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing Honda +10.362 10
7 Bradley Ray 28 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +13.112 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +16.968 8
9 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +17.792 7
10 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +18.232 6
11 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +20.673 5
12 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +20.808 4
13 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +29.825 3
14 Hector Barbera 80 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +36.983 2
15 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +37.180 1

British Superbike 2020

Oulton Park, Round 11

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 28:33.366 25
2 Christian Iddon 21 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.214 20
3 Danny Buchan 83 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.129 16
4 Josh Brookes 25 PBM Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +4.305 13
5 Lee Jackson 14 Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.648 11
6 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +11.478 10
7 Andrew Irwin 18 Honda Racing Honda +11.819 9
8 Bradley Ray 28 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +12.611 8
9 Luke Mossey 12 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +12.683 7
10 Peter Hickman 60 Global Robots BMW BMW +15.078 6
11 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +16.756 5
12 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +17.067 4
13 Kyle Ryde 77 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +28.050 3
14 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki Kawasaki +33.193 2
15 Hector Barbera 80 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +34.056 1

National Superstock 2020

Oulton Park, Round 6

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW 22:49.795 25
2 Lewis Rollo 6 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +1.969 20
3 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +3.695 16
4 Tim Neave 14 Hawk Racing Suzuki +6.246 13
5 Brayden Elliott 51 No Bull Racing CFS Filtration Suzuki Suzuki +8.402 11
6 Luke Hedger 12 CPD Kawasaki Kawasaki +12.698 10
7 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +16.430 9
8 Jordan Weaving 34 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +16.560 8
9 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards 1902 BMW BMW +16.655 7
10 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing Honda +16.858 6
11 Damon Rees 92 Astro-JJR Racing BMW BMW +22.030 5
12 David Allingham 23 MD Racing Suzuki +22.129 4
13 Shane Richardson 28 Astro-JJR Racing BMW BMW +22.302 3
14 Luke Hopkins 16 Hollins Strategic Land Kawasaki +22.965 2
15 Davey Todd 74 Honda Racing Honda +25.183 1