Solid weekend of points for Tom Neave at Knockhill

Race Report
Honda Racing UK's Tom Neave holds seventh place in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship standings after a positive weekend at Knockhill. Leading the way for the Honda team aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, Tom finished fourth and fifth in the day's two races and boosted his championship position to seventh place after arriving this weekend with zero points on the table. 

Meanwhile for Glenn Irwin in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, today was a vast improvement on yesterday's frustrations. Coming home 11th in Race 2, Glenn and the team worked hard to improve the set-up of the Fireblade at the Scottish circuit, but in the final race of the day it wasn't to be as Glenn crashed out, unhurt, while chasing down 10th place. 

Teammate Ryo Mizuno continued to make progress aboard the Fireblade, as he continues to get to grips racing in the UK. An 18th place finish was the best of the pick for Ryo in the second BSB race of the weekend. Meanwhile Takumi Takahashi enjoyed putting in over 200 laps of Knockhill during his first visit to the venue. Still struggling with strength in his shoulder Takumi's highest place finish across the weekend was 21st. 

The Honda Racing UK team will now head back to its Louth-base in Lincolnshire and prepare for the third round of the championship which takes place over 23-25 July at Brands Hatch.


#2 Glenn Irwin

Racing in 11th isn't usually what gets us excited, but the progress we've made this weekend has been massive. Fair play to the boys in that last race I felt strong and I probably could have caught the guys ahead of me. Everyone will talk about the crash, but that was 1% of the race as 99% was so positive. This weekend we have struggled a bit from a physical point of view, but the changes the boys made to the bike made it easier to ride, and I could also go faster. I'm gutted for them to be honest, I can take it on the chin but they've worked hard all weekend and it's been testing at times! How we turned up for the last race shows the progress and we were able to respond properly. The Fireblade is new to this circuit, so we had a bit to learn this weekend but I am looking forward to coming back, it's just a shame it ended with a crash. 

#88 Ryo Mizuno

It's been a very tough weekend. I feel like I've been running all the way from Saturday's free practice to today's Race 3 and now I'm feeling very tired. It's been a weekend where I've been able to step up my performance little by little. I'm not satisfied with the race results but I'm happy that I could finish the three races. I'm still working on my physical condition and I'm looking forward to the next race at Brands Hatch.

#13 Takumi Takahashi

Today was as difficult as yesterday's race for me. During today's first race I had some problems and retired from the running. During the first half of the final race I was getting better little by little, but going into the second half my shoulder became weak and I couldn't hold the pace I had been running until the end. I will continue to train until the next race and prepare for the ride.

#68 Tom Neave

You always want to finish at the top in a race, or at least be on the podium, but I did what I came to do this weekend and that was to finish both races and get some solid points for the championship. For the most part this weekend we went faster in each session and just continued to understand the Fireblade a bit more. I can go home happy and relax, we came into the weekend with zero points and now we're seventh in the standings. I'm still getting over an illness and also recovering with my knee, so things still aren't 100% perfect. It's a long season and there's so much more we can do, so we'll keep at it and keep playing the long game.

British Superbike 2021

Knockhill, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 19:14.271 25
2 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +0.240 20
3 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.356 16
4 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.673 13
5 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +1.141 11
6 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +2.724 10
7 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +3.226 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +3.873 8
9 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +4.102 7
10 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +4.411 6
11 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +4.959 5
12 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +12.922 4
13 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +13.425 3
14 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +13.904 2
15 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +15.431 1
19 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +29.839 0
21 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +33.089 0

British Superbike 2021

Knockhill, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 24:01.494 25
2 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +1.069 20
3 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.422 16
4 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +1.600 13
5 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +5.134 11
6 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +5.555 10
7 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +6.664 9
8 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +11.030 8
9 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +11.381 7
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +11.770 6
11 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +12.543 5
12 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +12.935 4
13 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +16.235 3
14 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +18.916 2
15 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +20.558 1

National Superstock 2021

Knockhill, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki 20:29.829 25
2 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.577 20
3 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +1.182 16
4 Lewis Rollo 8 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +1.814 13
5 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +4.263 11
6 Luke Hedger 12 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +5.824 10
7 Keith Farmer 33 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +8.452 9
8 Brayden Elliott 51 No Bull Racing CFS Filtration Suzuki Suzuki +9.130 8
9 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +12.062 7
10 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +14.751 6
11 Richard Kerr 6 AMD Motorsport Honda +18.784 5
12 Brent Harran 77 Optimum Bikes/Everquip Racing Suzuki Suzuki +19.239 4
13 Levi Day 17 Powerslide AJN Steelstock Suzuki +21.421 3
14 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 10 Protect My Income Suzuki +22.032 2
15 Callum Grigor 99 Kirkcaldy Kawasaki / Grigor Racing Kawasaki +23.810 1

National Superstock 2021

Knockhill, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW 20:22.681 25
2 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +2.835 20
3 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +6.167 16
4 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +7.808 13
5 Tim Neave 14 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +8.055 11
6 Lewis Rollo 8 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +8.116 10
7 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +13.395 9
8 Luke Hedger 12 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +13.480 8
9 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +13.780 7
10 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +14.473 6
11 Keith Farmer 33 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +20.157 5
12 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +24.184 4
13 Levi Day 17 Powerslide AJN Steelstock Suzuki +26.452 3
14 Damon Rees 92 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +26.529 2
15 Brent Harran 77 Optimum Bikes/Everquip Racing Suzuki Suzuki +26.820 1