Victory for Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing UK at Silverstone

Race Report
Glenn Irwin returned to the top step of the podium today, taking the win in a dramatic opening Bennetts British Superbike race at Silverstone's National Circuit, claiming his first race win of the 2021 season aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. 

Building up to today's first Superbike race of the weekend Glenn was showing good pace and wrapped up Friday's combined practice sixth fastest promoting him straight into Q2. Qualifying fifth, Glenn started the race from the second row of the grid and stayed with the leading group during the first few laps. An incident with Takumi Takahashi brought out the safety car at the start of lap three, where Glenn's teammate was involved in an incident with Keith Farmer at Copse. Takumi is unhurt from the crash and will take part in Sunday's races. 

As the race resumed Glenn pushed hard and was soon sitting in podium contention in second place. A move from Tarran Mackenzie saw Glenn drop back to third place, where he was having to defend challenges from a chasing Christian Iddon. On the penultimate lap Tarran and Jason O'Halloran crashed out, and with a clear track ahead Glenn took the race lead. However, soon after the crash the race was red flagged with Glenn declared as the Race 1 winner. 

Ryo Mizuno has also got his Silverstone challenge off to a solid start getting into today's Q2 session for the first time this season. With his quickest qualifying lap of 53.570s, Ryo took his best qualifying position this season in 12th place. Enjoying the race and some on-track battles Ryo crossed the line 12th, collecting more valuable season points and also his best race finish of 2021. 

Meanwhile Tom Neave in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship struggled to get a clear track during today's qualifying session, where he qualified 16th on the grid for his first race of the weekend. Knowing he had some work to do, Tom set about picking off his Superstock rivals as soon as the lights went out. Making up places lap by lap, Tom eventually crossed the line fifth, having made up an impressive 11 places throughout the 22-lap race. Setting the fastest time on lap four (54.673) Tom and his Fireblade machine will line-up in Pole Position ready for tomorrow's second race. 

The team will be back in action tomorrow (Sunday 12 September) for two more Superbike races when the 'Title Fighters' will be decided, as well as the second Superstock race of the weekend. 

#2 Glenn Irwin

It was a chaotic race, but I wanted to be one of those not making lunges at the beginning. I had to play it quite safe as I know the place in the Showdown is what we need this weekend. I saw with about eight laps to go Jason [O'Halloran] was starting to push and I did feel okay. But we also have a bad sector, which is sector three – Brooklands. I lose a little bit of traction front and rear and I start to understeer a lot, so we'll sit down and look and see if that's something we can improve for tomorrow. But a win - what a way to kick-start this Showdown decider weekend. There is pressure; we put ourselves under the maximum, but I like that because I think that's when I perform and I'm really happy with today. When the Fireblade is good like it is this weekend, I'm up to fight for the wins and podiums. I'll be trying my best again tomorrow, I think now we can go really get stuck in. To lose a 32 point buffer in two races would be silly, so let's go get stuck in!
Race 1: 1st

#88 Ryo Mizuno

Today was my best result of the year at my favourite track. We were lucky in some areas but we were able to work step by step from the first day and today we made it to Q2 for the first time, so I'm happy with the day. We have two more races tomorrow, so I'll do my best to move up!
Race 1: 12th

#13 Takumi Takahashi

I couldn't improve my lap time in the qualifying and I was 20th on the grid. In Race 1 I started and concentrated on improving my pace for a few laps. But on the third lap at the first corner I was hit from behind, crashed and had to retire. We have still 2 races tomorrow and I will switch my mind for tomorrow’s race. 
Race 1: DNF

#68 Tom Neave

I didn't have a very good qualifying this morning, so I knew it was going to be a difficult race. I got a good start and worked my way through the group cleanly, I didn't do anything stupid, but I might have used a bit too much of my tyre coming through to get into the chasing pack and once we got right on the back of them I could see I was faster, but I had used the best of my tyre. I made a pass on Alex but didn't make it stick unfortunately, but we learnt a lot in that race. To start from Pole tomorrow is the best outcome I could have hoped for really and it'll make a huge difference to the race tomorrow. 
Race 1: 5th

British Superbike 2021

R8 Silverstone National, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda 21:02.781 25
2 Christian Iddon 21 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +0.229 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +1.038 16
4 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +1.272 13
5 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +1.810 11
6 Gino Rea 44 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +2.906 10
7 Rory Skinner 69 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +4.699 9
8 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +5.481 8
9 Xavi Forés 12 FHO Racing BMW BMW +5.742 7
10 Luke Stapleford 81 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +8.501 6
11 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +9.619 5
12 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +9.714 4
13 Dan Linfoot 4 TAG Racing Honda Honda +10.911 3
14 Bjorn Estment 27 Powerslide/Catfoss Racing Suzuki +1 lap 2
15 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki +1 lap 1
16 Dean Harrison 5 Silicone Engineering Racing Kawasaki +1 lap 0
17 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +1 lap 0
18 Brian McCormack 11 Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing BMW BMW +1 lap 0

National Superstock 2021

R8 Silverstone National, Race 1

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tim Neave 14 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki 20:14.597 25
2 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.209 20
3 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +0.504 16
4 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +0.794 13
5 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +0.937 11
6 Fraser Rogers 89 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +2.552 10
7 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +2.698 9
8 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +3.778 8
9 Levi Day 17 Powerslide AJN Steelstock Suzuki +7.815 7
10 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +9.098 6
11 Chrissy Rouse 1 STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki +9.370 5
12 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles Honda +14.164 4
13 Tom Oliver 50 Hawk Racing Suzuki +14.305 3
14 Brent Harran 7 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +14.426 2
15 Ashley Beech 48 Jones Dorling Racing Suzuki +14.746 1