Tom Neave leads the Honda charge at Knockhill

Race Report
The second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship got underway today at Knockhill running a two-day event programme, which saw a busy day for the Honda Racing UK team with Superbike and Pirelli National Superstock practice sessions and qualifying, as well as the first BSB race of the weekend.

For the team it was Superstock rider Tom Neave who took the top-Honda honours in today's sessions aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. Never outside the top-10 in both practice sessions, Tom qualified sixth putting him on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's first 25-lap Superstock race. 

On the Superbike side of the garage it's been a frustrating day for Glenn Irwin who came home 12th in today's opening Superbike race. Having had issues throughout practice and qualifying, the 20-lap race further highlighted these issues, which made it impossible for Glenn to make progress. 

Glenn's teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi continued with their development in the British series learning all they can and putting in essential laps for tomorrow's two Superbike races. Both riders improved their times throughout the sessions and during the race Ryo finished 20th, with Takumi 22nd.

The team will be back in action tomorrow with four races across the day, two Superstock (25 laps) and two Superbike (30 laps). 


#2 Glenn Irwin

Today is up there as one of the most frustrating days possible, but this can happen in racing we have to try all options and settings in order to progress and today it just didn't work out for us. We had such a positive test here and to walk away from today's race 12th isn't where we want to be. Today has highlighted an area of the bike where we have struggled a lot this year, so we need to come together as a team and rectify this to come back stronger for the next two races. We need to have two solid races tomorrow in order to claw back points and get us nearer the front of the championship. 

#88 Ryo Mizuno

It was a hard day, but first of all I am relieved to have finished without crashing! I was worried about the start of the race because of the crash at Oulton Park, but I was able to put this out of my mind and focus on the race. I am still not satisfied with the result but we have collected data from every run so we will try to make tomorrow's two races more productive.

#13 Takumi Takahashi

Today was my first time riding at Knockhill, but it was not so difficult to understand because the circuit is very short. The lap times improved until qualifying, but for the race it wasn't so easy. We have two races tomorrow, so now to focus and concentrate on those.

#68 Tom Neave

I'm coming away happy with today's sessions and my position on the grid for tomorrow. During qualifying I used my head for once and we played a safe game when it looked like it was going to rain. We could have gone back out and made up some positions, but a few metres closer to the front won't change the result for tomorrow. I'm feeling happy as I know I can be consistent in the races and there's plenty more left in the tank for tomorrow! 

British Superbike 2021

Knockhill, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 15:59.903 25
2 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.348 20
3 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +0.445 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +4.185 13
5 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +4.634 11
6 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +6.021 10
7 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki +6.181 9
8 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +7.504 8
9 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +9.565 7
10 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +10.709 6
11 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +11.771 5
12 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +12.581 4
13 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +12.927 3
14 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +14.376 2
15 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +15.266 1
20 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +31.294 0
22 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +37.290 0

British Superbike 2021

Knockhill, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jason O'Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 47.255
2 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati 47.310
3 Danny Buchan 83 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW 47.433
4 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 47.484
5 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 47.522
6 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 47.525
7 Ryan Vickers 7 RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki 47.535
8 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 47.551
9 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 47.588
10 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 47.616
11 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 47.622
19 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda 48.408 (Q1)
21 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda 48.748 (Q1)

National Superstock 2021

Knockhill, Qualifying

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW 48.437
2 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +0.013
3 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +0.221
4 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +0.289
5 Luke Hedger 12 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +0.293
6 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.306
7 David Allingham 11 Astro-JJR BMW BMW +0.363
8 Chrissy Rouse 1 GR Motorsport Kawasaki +0.425
9 Matthew Paulo 71 Streamline BMW +0.431
10 Keith Farmer 33 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +0.453