Strong start for Irwin and Neave at Oulton Park

Race Report
The Honda Racing UK team has got Round 9 of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship off to a strong start in today’s opening races at Oulton Park, with solid points scored across both the Superbike and Pirelli National Superstock races. 
 
Tom Neave was Honda’s top point-scorer aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, finishing sixth in the Superstock race as he defends his championship lead. Qualifying back in 11th, Tom once again had some work to do during the 14-lap race, but showing great pace he fought hard and made his way through to fourth at one point. Eventually crossing the line sixth, he adds 10 points to his tally ahead of tomorrow’s second Superstock race. 
 
Meanwhile, Showdown ‘title fighter’ Glenn Irwin finished eighth in today’s opening Superbike race collecting a handful of points towards the all-important standings. Having wrapped up Friday’s practice sessions ninth overall, Glenn proceeded straight into today’s Q2 qualifying session, where he was ninth fastest and lined up on the third row of the grid for Race 1. Enjoying some battles on track with Peter Hickman and Danny Buchan, Glenn crossed the line eighth. 
 
Teammate Ryo Mizuno made his way into Q2 once again after finishing sixth in the initial qualifying session. Still learning the technical Oulton layout, he qualified 17th and despite getting up to 16th during the race, he came home 18th. Takumi Takahashi wrapped up qualifying 21st after failing to make the Q2 cut. At one point during the 14-lap race he was up in 18th place, but dropped back to finish 20th. 
 
The Honda team will be back in action tomorrow for the remaining two British Superbike races, as well as Superstock Race 2.

#2 Glenn Irwin

I was happy enough qualifying ninth and I felt like in those conditions we maybe had the pace for a second row start, which is important. We’re learning more about the Fireblade all the time and know we like to race with a bit of a clear track, so being ninth it was important to have got a good start. The race itself wasn’t horrendous, but there was a bit of drama on the first lap with Ryan’s [Vickers] crash, but once we got going, I felt good. I don’t like to be happy with eighth, but I am happy as I feel that was a really strong race on the Honda. We learnt a lot as we got to ride with the likes of Hickman [Peter] and Buchan [Danny], who both have very good track records at this circuit, so I got to see where we were strong and also where we need to improve by following them. It’s a race where we learnt a lot, we’re in the Showdown and it’s some more points we can carry into tomorrow’s races. 
Race 1: 8th

#88 Ryo Mizuno

I wanted to set a good trend from the previous race at Silverstone, but in yesterday's free practice I had some issues and could not progress, so I was a step behind. In Race 1, I was lagging behind from yesterday and I was able to lap at my best in the beginning of the race, but in the later stages, it was very tough to maintain the pace physically and I had to slow down. Despite this, I was able to feel our progress from Round 1 here, so I will continue to work to do my best tomorrow!
Race 1: 18th

#13 Takumi Takahashi

I couldn't keep the good feeling I had in the wet in FP3 and I wasn't able to improve my laptime in qualifying. In Race 1 I overtook two riders in front of me but then I went off the track. I will try to get a good flow and a good result tomorrow.
Race 1: 20th

#68 Tom Neave

I made today’s race difficult for myself qualifying in 11th, but it’s good to know that it didn’t really reflect where we were, as my ideal times would have put me further up the grid. Qualifying was a similar circumstance to Silverstone and once again we proved we can come through the pack. At one point during the race, I was up to fourth, which was amazing really. We did have a few bike set-up issues, which we’re going to work on for tomorrow, we have good understanding of where we need to be for the second race and hopefully I can convert that into a podium result.
Race 1: 6th


British Superbike 2021

R9 Oulton Park, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 22:19.960 25
2 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.087 20
3 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.372 16
4 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +0.396 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +5.925 11
6 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +7.181 10
7 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +11.476 9
8 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +12.087 8
9 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +15.058 7
10 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki +17.796 6
11 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +17.810 5
12 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +28.990 4
13 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +28.991 3
14 Dean Harrison 5 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki +29.360 2
15 Bjorn Estment 27 Powerslide/Catfoss Racing Suzuki +32.997 1
16 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.010 0
17 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +41.201 0
18 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +41.643 0
19 Michael Dunlop 33 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +44.001 0
20 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +52.521 0

National Superstock 2021

R9 Oulton Park, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki 22:48.380 25
2 Chrissy Rouse 1 STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki +0.278 20
3 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +0.863 16
4 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +7.935 13
5 Fraser Rogers 89 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +8.006 11
6 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +8.338 10
7 Lewis Rollo 8 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +13.846 9
8 Tom Oliver 50 Hawk Racing Suzuki +14.206 8
9 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +14.341 7
10 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +14.470 6
11 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +14.674 5
12 Shane Richardson 28 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +14.785 4
13 Jordan Weaving 34 Platform Hire Racing Kawasaki +14.867 3
14 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +18.220 2
15 Levi Day 17 Powerslide AJN Steelstock Suzuki +18.792 1