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Honda Racing UK Brands Hatch Podium

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Honda Racing UK Brands Hatch Podium

Glenn Irwin put Honda Racing UK and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP back on the podium this afternoon at Brands Hatch, in what was a thrilling final race of the weekend

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Glenn Irwin put Honda Racing UK and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP back on the podium this afternoon at Brands Hatch, in what was a thrilling final race of the weekend coming home third after an epic battle across the 20 laps.

Turning round what started as a challenging weekend for the Honda squad, coming into Race 2, Glenn was 17th on the grid following a DNF in yesterday’s opening race. However a first lap incident saw the Honda man back in 27th place and some work to do to make up places across race distance.

With the BSB field in front of him, Glenn pushed hard aboard his Fireblade machine and started making passes on his championship rivals. By half race distance Glenn had caught his Honda teammate Tom Neave, and was sitting 11th with the top 10 firmly in his sights. Passing Tom, Glenn crossed the line 10th collecting valuable points and lined up eighth on the grid for the final race of the day.

Glenn had a fantastic start off the line for the final race and by turn one he was up in third place, and by the third lap he was in the lead. Keeping his pace and holding off a chasing pack, Glenn maintained the lead for ten laps, but eventually couldn’t hold off an attack from the McAMS Yamaha pairing of Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran.

Slipping into third place the Honda man kept a safe distance ahead of the rest of the field to come home third and maintain his position in the overall standings in sixth place.

Meanwhile, Tom enjoyed his strongest ride of the season so far in the second race, coming home 11th after a fantastic ride from 19th on the grid. During the final race, while sitting 14th and having posted his fastest lap of the weekend (1:26.382), he came in too wide to turn four, which resulted in his rear tyre clipping the grass and his race coming to an early end.

Takumi Takahashi added further points to his championship challenge finishing 13th and 14th respectively, while Ryo Mizuno was forced to retire from Race 2 having felt a loss of rear grip, and finished 21st in the final race.

The team now has a short break between BSB rounds, where Takumi will be riding for Team HRC at the Suzuka 8 Hour on Saturday 8 August, before heading to the sixth round of the British championship at Thruxton on 12-14 August.

#2 Glenn Irwin
In Race 2 I was happy coming from 27th to finish 10th, I learnt some things from my teammate, Tom, as in some places he was better and I wanted to know why and compare what he was doing better than me. For the final race we worked on some data and it was a mega race! I gave it everything and was so committed going into turn one, I like the new tarmac and felt comfortable going round to make a move. When I took the lead it was a pleasant surprise, and after leading for a few laps I knew the Yamahas would be close behind, as we’re know they’re strong but I wasn’t going to give it to them! I tried everything I could from braking late, exiting corners quick – everything I could to make it not easy for them. When Jason [O’Halloran] passed me I made a mistake and then Taz [Mackenzie] also came through, but it was almost a carrot dangling and something to chase to keep me ahead of Tommy [Bridewell] and Leon [Haslam] behind. The podium is a huge reward for the team at what’s a tricky track for us, my target for today was 10 points between the two races and we’ve left with 22, so we’re leaving on a high.

#13 Takumi Takahashi
My feeling improved a bit in this morning’s warm up. But sadly I didn’t get that same feeling for the second race, but finishing 13th is a real positive for me and to also get some more points. In Race 3, I lost a few positions after the start, but it was good to score more points finishing 14th. I think we made a good change of direction this weekend.

#88 Ryo Mizuno
It has been a tough weekend for us. In race two I experienced a feeling of lack of grip in the rear and we retired, which meant for the final race we had to rethink our set-up once again. Although the result was not good, we gained some positive data and we will work on it again for the next round.

#68 Tom Neave
Considering how the weekend started I’m leaving Brands much happier! I set my fastest lap of the weekend in the final race and I was in a comfortable position. I felt fit and strong on the Fireblade and the guys in front were coming back to me with only a few laps to go. I was motivated to keep being smooth, consistent and try to hunt them down, which is a nice position to be in, where at the start of the race I was on my own a little. Unfortunately I took a little too much corner coming into turn four, my rear clipped the grass and sent me across the grass, which chucked me off. It could have been much worse, but I am OK and that’s the main thing to take away, and despite that we are leaving here with a lot of positives. In that race I was in another point scoring position, and I think we’ve proved I’m gelling with the bike a bit more and I believe at Thruxton we can have a really good weekend.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Brands Hatch GP, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 28:45.305 25
2 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.037 20
3 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +3.543 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +3.818 13
5 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +5.009 11
6 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +5.139 10
7 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +7.351 9
8 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +11.754 8
9 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +16.043 7
10 Lee Jackson 14 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +16.350 6
11 Christian Iddon 21 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +16.582 5
12 Andrew Irwin 18 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +16.609 4
13 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +18.089 3
14 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +21.734 2
15 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +26.606 1
16 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +26.663 0
17 Luke Mossey 12 TAG Racing Honda Honda +26.826 0
18 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +40.261 0
19 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.752 0
20 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.822 0
21 Ryo Mizuno 88 Honda Racing UK Honda +42.564 0

 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship Brands Hatch GP, Race 2

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 28:43.344 25
2 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +1.163 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati Ducati +2.076 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +5.490 13
5 Leon Haslam 91 VisionTrack Kawasaki Kawasaki +7.315 11
6 Rory Skinner 11 Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki +7.321 10
7 Kyle Ryde 77 Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha Yamaha +12.468 9
8 Tom Sykes 66 MCE Ducati Racing Team Ducati +20.060 8
9 Danny Kent 52 Buildbase Suzuki Suzuki +20.420 7
10 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +22.265 6
11 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda +24.406 5
12 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +26.073 4
13 Takumi Takahashi 13 Honda Racing UK Honda +28.158 3
14 Josh Owens 65 Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +28.914 2
15 Danny Buchan 83 SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad BMW +30.721 1
16 Chrissy Rouse 69 Crowe Performance BMW BMW +34.524 0
17 Luke Hopkins 16 Black Onyx Security Honda Honda +39.673 0
18 Dean Harrison 5 DAO Racing Kawasaki Kawasaki +39.815 0
19 Storm Stacey 79 Team LKQ Euro Car Parts Kawasaki Kawasaki +40.320 0
20 Leon Jeacock 55 Specsavers Suzuki Suzuki +47.508 0
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Published : Sunday July 24, 2022

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