BSB 2021

21/09/2021

Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing UK secure Showdown spot

Glenn Irwin and the Honda Racing UK team have confirmed their place in the all-important 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown in seventh place.

Glenn Irwin and the Honda Racing UK team have confirmed their place in the all-important 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown in seventh place, after a solid point scoring weekend at Silverstone’s National Circuit, and Tom Neave celebrated on the podium after placing the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP on the podium in the Pirelli National Superstock race.

Winning the opening race of the weekend, Glenn wrapped up Round 8 of the series finishing today’s races 13th and ninth. Race 3 and the Showdown deciding race was restarted after a red flag on the 12th lap, with the restart as a 15-lap dash. With the grid decided from the positions at the time of the red flag, Glenn was 11th. Dropping back slightly, Glenn dug deep to make his way into the top-ten and crossed the line ninth, to secure a place in the all-important Showdown.

Ryo Mizuno had a strong weekend at his favourite UK circuit, having scored his best finish (12th) in yesterday’s race, the BSB rookie finished today’s first race just outside the points in 16th place, and wrapped up his weekend in the final race 15th. Suffering a little after his crash yesterday, Takumi Takahashi had a bad start off the line and wasn’t able to fully push in today’s first race to finish 22nd, with his luck not getting any better in the final race when he was forced to retire due to a technical issue.

Meanwhile Tom Neave kept his championship hopes on-track after taking a closely fought runner-up spot in today’s race. Starting from Pole Position, Tom kept the chasing pack at bay for the majority of the race, but it was during the final stages where Alex Olsen was able to catch him. With Tom quicker in some sections and Alex in others, it was a tense battle to the line with Tom taking the runner-up spot 0.326s behind Alex.

The Honda Racing UK team now has a two week break, before the championship resumes with Round 9 at Oulton Park on 24-26 September.

 

 

Victory for Glenn Irwin and Honda Racing UK at Silverstone

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Tom Neave dominates aboard the Fireblade at Snetterton

Today in glorious conditions at Snetterton, Tom Neave took a dominant victory in the 12-lap Pirelli National Superstock Championship race, making it three wins from three aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and further extending his championship lead by 24 points.

Proving to be the man to beat all weekend Tom topped the timesheets in practice, qualifying and dominated the race from start to finish at the 2.96-mile circuit. Starting the race from Pole position Tom momentarily dropped a place, however he regained the lead at Turn 4 where he stayed for the remainder of the race, crossing the line 2.084 seconds ahead of Taylor Mackenzie in second place. Smashing the lap record at the Norfolk circuit not once, but twice during the race Tom holds the new record of 1:49.516.

The team now has a quick turn around ready for the next round of the championship which takes place next weekend at Silverstone’s National Circuit on 10-12 September.

 

 

 

Honda Racing UK aiming for success at Snetterton

The 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship is over its halfway point and the countdown to the all-important Showdown is edging closer, with just six races left of the ‘Main Season’ until the top-eight Showdown contenders are decided.
Honda Racing UK is approaching Round 7 this weekend (3-5 September) at Snetterton, quietly confident after a successful outing at the Norfolk circuit in 2020 where Glenn Irwin took a win and a second-place finish. Sitting seventh overall in the standings, Glenn will be looking for a solid point scoring weekend in order to help cement his place within the eight ‘Title Fighters’.
Teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi are looking forward to returning to Snetterton – the longest circuit on the calendar – after getting a taste of the 2.96-mile track during pre-season testing.
Meanwhile the teams’ Pirelli National Superstock contender Tom Neave heads to Snetterton leading the series by five points after a stunning victory at Cadwell Park. The Norfolk circuit holds happy memories for Tom, after winning the Superstock race in 2020.
Superbike first practice gets underway at 1pm on Friday 3 September, with Race 1 taking place on Saturday and Race 2 and Race 3 on Sunday. Click here for the full timetable.

 

Home round victory for Tom Neave and Honda Racing

Tom Neave and Honda Racing UK have dominated with a win at their local circuit, Cadwell Park, in Round six of the 2021 Pirelli National Superstock series as Glenn Irwin adds another 20 Championship points to his tally for a weekend total of 33 in the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship.

After a sensational Saturday qualifying aboard the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, setting an unofficial lap record for Pole Position, Tom headed into Sunday confident that his local knowledge of the track would pay dividends in the race, despite the changeable weather.

Glenn made a superb start in the final Superbike race of the weekend, going from fourth on the grid to first by turn one, leading the race for four laps. Despite a good ride, Glenn took another sixth and another 10 points to put him seventh in the Championship with 158 points. Takumi pulled in late in the race with a technical problem and Ryo did not grid with his technical issue from Race 2 unresolved.

The team will be back in action at Snetterton on September 3-5.

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 14:59.721 25
2 Alex Olsen 75 FHO Racing BMW BMW +0.751 20
3 Billy McConnell 3 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.967 16
4 Fraser Rogers 89 IN Competition/Aprilia Aprilia +1.635 13
5 Chrissy Rouse 1 STAUFF Fluid Power Kawasaki +2.455 11
6 Tom Ward 72 Hawk Racing Suzuki +5.133 10

 

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW 26:10:023 25
2 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +0.155 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +0.817 16
4 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +1.672 13
5 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +7.384 11

 

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 26:07.054 25
2 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +0.203 20
3 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati +2.332 16
4 Lee Jackson 14 FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +5.832 13
5 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +6.004 11

 

 

Victory and second for Honda Racing UK at Donington Park

RACE REPORT Sunday, 15th August 2021

Tom Neave stormed to victory in this afternoon’s second Pirelli National Superstock Championship race aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, making amends for yesterday’s penalty hit result, and scoring his first win of the 2021 season for the Honda Racing UK team.

Starting the 20-lap race from pole position, Tom got the holeshot and dominated the race from start to finish. Unchallenged throughout and with a flawless ride, Tom crossed the line 2.678 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Luke Mossey. The result from today see’s the Honda-man jump into second place in the overall standings, with 113 points, joint with current series leader Alex Olsen.

The celebrations continued for the Honda squad when Glenn Irwin placed his Fireblade on the podium in the final Superbike race of the weekend in second place. Crashing out of Race 2 earlier in the day, Glenn had dislocated his left shoulder in the crash, but having been passed fit by the BSB medical team, Glenn lined up ready to fight in Race 3.

R5 Donington Park National, Race 3

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tommy Bridewell 46 Oxford Products Racing Ducati 23:05.903 25
2 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +3.404 20
3 Andrew Irwin 18 Synetiq BMW Motorrad BMW +7.211 16
4 Josh Brookes 25 Visiontrack Ducati Ducati +25.804 13
5 Joe Francis 40 IForce Lloyd & Jones BMW BMW +31.142 11

 

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Tom Neave 68 Honda Racing UK Honda 22:40.438 25
2 Luke Mossey 32 Bournemouth Kawasaki/HEL Performance Kawasaki +2.678 20
3 Fraser Rogers 89 Morello IMR by CPD Kawasaki +4.428 16
4 Taylor Mackenzie 77 Bathams BMW Motorrad BMW +4.608 13
5 Ian Hutchinson 44 Edwards Yamaha Yamaha +9.306 11

 

 

 

Double podium delight for Honda Racing UK at Thruxton

RACE REPORTSunday, 1st August 2021

Pos. Name No. Team Constructor Time/Gap Pts.
1 Jason O’Halloran 22 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha 25:26.379 25
2 Tarran Mackenzie 95 McAMS Yamaha Yamaha +3.597 20
3 Glenn Irwin 2 Honda Racing UK Honda +3.921 16
4 Bradley Ray 28 Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW +4.210 13
5 Peter Hickman 60 FHO Racing BMW BMW +4.853 11

The Honda Racing UK team returned to the podium not once, but twice, with Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave both claiming third place finishes in today’s Superbike (Race 2) and Superstock races aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Missing out on a podium finish yesterday after crashing out while running third, Glenn was determined to make amends and claim his first podium of the season. With a good start off the line Glenn was away in second place, where he remained unchallenged until the closing stages of the race.

On lap 17 Ryan Vickers, Bradley Ray and Tarran Mackenzie started to close the gap and applied pressure to Glenn, who had dropped back into fifth. Tarran had moved into second place, and a three-way battle for third commenced between Glenn, Ryan and Bradley. On the penultimate lap Glenn made his move and crossed the line in third place, to take his first podium of the year. Wrapping up the final race of the day in sixth place, Glenn has moved into the top ten in the overall standings with 81 points.

Glenn’s teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi also enjoyed their weekend at the 2.35-mile circuit, where today Takumi scored his first-ever BSB points finishing Race 2 in 15th place. Ryo also progressed with his Race 2 lap times stronger than the group ahead, managing to keep his times within a second.

Not content with his fifth place finish in yesterday’s first Pirelli National Superstock race, Tom Neave went into today’s 14-lap race with a podium finish firmly in his sights. Getting pushed back at the start Tom made his way back through the pack and by the seventh lap he was sitting fourth. The closing stages of the race Tom was taking time out of his rivals and positioning himself ready to make the move on third place. On the penultimate lap, Tom moved into third place and held off Luke Mossey and Lewis Rollo to claim his first podium of the season. Tom’s Thruxton results see him move up in the overall standings to fifth in the series with 68 points.

The fifth round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will take place 13-15 August at Donington Park on the National Circuit, where the Honda Racing UK team will be looking to repeat the success they achieved in 2020 at the circuit.

Points all-round for Honda Racing UK at Brands Hatch

RACE REPORT Sunday, 25th July 2021

Round three of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship was a point-scoring weekend for Honda Racing UK at Brands Hatch across both the Superbike and Superstock classes.

Glenn Irwin completed the weekend with two top-ten finishes in today’s races, after coming home 11th in yesterday’s opening race aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP. The final race of the day turned into a thrilling seven-lap dash, after the original 20-lap race was restarted due to a red flag.

Before the restart the race had been declared wet, but with a dry-line appearing on track Glenn opted for a full-wet front and an intermediate rear. Proving to be the right choice he soon made up places from his 12th-place grid position and by the fourth lap he was running in podium contention, but as the race was flagged he was fourth.

The restart was declared dry and with a tyre change allowed the team set about getting ready for the restart, where Glenn lined up fourth. Off the line he was away and into second place, but with his BSB rivals all wanting those podium places a fierce battle commenced. Equalling his best position of the year Glenn crossed the line in sixth place and moved up a place in the overall standings into 11th with 55 points.

Meanwhile Glenn’s BSB teammates Ryo Mizuno and Takumi Takahashi also had a mixed weekend. Ryo’s Brands Hatch experience ended early after a crash in FP1 on his second flying lap where he sustained swelling to his right hand. After a few laps in FP2 it was decided Ryo would sit out the rest of the weekend in order for his hand to heal before the next round at Thruxton.

For Takumi, today was his first time riding in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch, coming home 19th in Race 3 was his first race finish over the weekend after two DNF’s in Race 1 and Race 2.

For Tom Neave in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, although not reflected in the results it was a positive weekend in terms of race pace and progression. During today’s race Tom had a bad start off the line and dropped to 16th place, however pushing hard aboard the Fireblade he quickly progressed and started reeling in his Superstock rivals making up nine places to eventually cross the line seventh.

The team now has a super-quick turn around, with round four of the championship taking place next weekend, 30 July – 1 August at Thruxton, where Honda Racing UK hope to be fighting once again at the sharp end.

Honda Race Report – Solid weekend of points for Tom Neave at Knockhill

RACE REPORT – Sunday, 11th July 2021

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.

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 12.

Gino Rea: GSX-R1000R – 13-10-11
Tim Neave: GSX-R1000R – 5-DNF
Danny Kent: GSX-R1000R – DNF-DNF-14

Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea twice challenged for a top five finish at Knockhill this weekend during the second round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, but while unable to remain consistent into the closing stages of the races and dropping down the order, his lap times prove the potential for better results is there.

Rea finished 13th in race one on Saturday but made drastic changes to the setup of his GSX-R1000R for Sunday’s double-header in a bid to improve the contact and feel from the rear tyre. The result saw him able to launch off the line and compete with the leading group, running inside the top five, but on both occasions he struggled in the closing stages and was unlucky to drop down the order. He finished 10th and 11th but set the fifth fastest lap of the final race, to showcase the pace he and the package has.

 

 

 

 

BUILDBASE SUZUKI POSITIVE AFTER TOUGH BSB OPENER

Gino Rea: GSX-R1000R (SBK Class) – 11-13-11th
Danny Kent: GSX-R1000R (SBK Class) – DNF-14-DNF
Tim Neave: GSX-R1000R (Superstock Class) – 5th

It was a tricky opening round to the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park, though valuable lessons were learned and there were positives to take away for Buildbase Suzuki’s Gino Rea and Danny Kent, while Tim Neave got his season off to a solid start after finishing fifth in the National Superstock 1000 race.

Despite a strong and productive pre-season for the two GSX-R1000R Superbike-mounted riders, Oulton Park was always going to be a challenge for Rea and Kent due to their combined lack of experience at the taxing Cheshire circuit, especially for Moto3 World Champion Kent.

Rea chalked up three point-scoring finishes, twice finishing 11th and once in 13th, but the results don’t tell the whole story, as setup changes saw a big improvement in his pace from race one to race three.

Kent carded a 14th place finish, but crashed out of races one and three, unhurt. However, he too leaves Oulton Park with more experience and more knowledge, and a clear area of focus: Not enough engine braking meant difficulties stopping the bike when grip levels dropped, resulting in the need to trail-brake deeper into turns, risking a crash.

In a competitive National Superstock 1000 class Neave scored solid championship points to start his 2021campaign. Circulating in the group behind the leaders, he took fifth place.

 

 

A weekend of positives despite challenges at Oulton Park

HONDA RACE REPORT Sunday, 27th June 2021

It’s been a weekend of learnings for the Honda Racing UK team at the opening round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, but despite the challenges thrown at them by Oulton Park, the Honda team are leaving the Cheshire circuit with plenty of positives.

Improvements have been made to both the Superbike and Superstock side of the garage with Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave improving their lap times over the weekend since the last outing in 2020. But Oulton Park is still a circuit that continues to taunt the Honda team, producing challenges for the set-up of the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP with its physical layout.

Glenn Irwin comes away from Round 1 with 23 points and is ninth in the series standings after collecting three top-ten finishes across the weekend. The team made a gamble in the final race with the Fireblades set-up, which paid off, although not fully showing on the times or results.

Glenn started the race from 10th on the grid but was pushed off track by another rider early on causing him to drop places to 19th. Getting his head down wanting to make up the lost places, Glenn worked hard aboard the Fireblade SP to make his way through the pack to come home 10th.

Takumi Takahashi put on a brave face taking part in both of the day’s races, but with weakness in his shoulder having dislocated it during official testing Takumi pulled out from Race 2. During today’s final race the BSB rookie stayed out for the duration of the 18 laps coming home in an impressive 17th place having gained experience and confidence at the track.

Ryo Mizuno continued to push on learning the circuit but unfortunately crashed out during the second race and with swelling to his hand he was forced to miss the final race. After the crash Ryo was taken to the medical centre with initial X-rays showing no fractures, however the team will seek further medical advice next week once the swelling has gone down.

During the Superstock race a fight for the podium was on the cards for Tom Neave, who after qualifying sixth had moved up into fourth place and had started to track down Billy McConnell in third. However pushing hard to catch Billy, Tom crashed out of the running, unhurt, at Lodge.

The team now looks forward to the second round of the championship at Knockhill in Scotland, where a few weeks ago they enjoyed a successful test and hope to fight towards the sharp end. Round 2 will take place with a two-day race event format on Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 July.

 

 

The 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship calendar has been revised to enable more spectators to attend its 25th anniversary season.

All events will now take place beyond 21st June – the date which provisionally marks the easing of spectator restrictions at large elite sporting events.

Consequently the opening round of the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship will now take place on 25-27 June at Oulton Park, around a month later than previously planned.

 

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2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship – Revised Official Test Dates:

T1 April 28/29 Silverstone National
T2 May 4/5/6 Snetterton 300
T3 May 19 Oulton Park
T4 June 8 Donington Park National


UPDATED 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship calendar:

Round 1 June 25-27 Oulton Park
Round 2 July 9-11 Knockhill
Round 3 July 23-25 Brands Hatch GP
Round 4 July 30 – August 1 Thruxton
Round 5 August 13-15 Donington Park National
Round 6 August 20-22 Cadwell Park
Round 7 September 3-5 Snetterton 300
Round 8 September 10-12 Silverstone National
Round 9 September 24-26 Oulton Park
Round 10 October 1-3 Donington Park GP
Round 11 October 15-17 Brands Hatch GP

 *All rounds are Bennetts BSB triple-headers