Honda Racing – BSB 202016/09/2020
RACE PREVIEW – OULTON PARK
Honda Racing lead the way as the British Superbike Championship heads to Oulton Park
RACE PREVIEW – SILVERSTONE
This weekend (4/5/6 September) the Honda Racing team will be back in action for the third instalment of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone’s National Circuit.
RACE REPORT – Sunday 23rd August
Sensational wins for the all-new Fireblade
The Honda Racing team is leaving Snetterton leading both the Bennetts British Superbike and the National Superstock 1000 Championships, after Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave took sensational wins in both classes aboard the brand-new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.
In the first race of the day Glenn crossed the line second, to take his fourth podium of the season. Starting from pole, after getting the fastest lap in yesterday’s opening race, he was in the podium fight from the off and just missed out on the win by 0.490s.
For the final race of the day Glenn lined up ninth, but soon made his way through the pack and by lap seven he was in the podium top-three. Over the next three laps he set his sights on the front and made a pass on Christian Iddon to snatch the top spot. Glenn crossed the line to take his first win of the 2020 season, 1.138s ahead of Christian Iddon and Tommy Bridewell’s Ducatis.
Extending his championship lead over his rivals by 23 points, Glenn also claimed the Monster Energy Race of Aces trophy, as well as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship fans voting him Bennetts Rewards Rider of the round.
Teammate Andrew Irwin started the final race of the day from the second row after good pace in the second race. Pushing hard over the 16 laps, he collected valuable championship points, but lacking race data he suffered front tyre issues and came home eighth. Andrew remains in the top-six in the championship standings with 58 points.
The team will now look forward to the next round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which takes place in two weekends time at Silverstone National on 4/5/6 September.
16:30 – BSB – Race 3 (16 laps)
A further win and podium for the new Fireblade at Donington Park
It was another successful day at Donington Park for the opening round of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship for the Honda Racing team, as Andrew Irwin took a second race win aboard the all-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, bringing its tally of wins to three in its debut outing on British soil.
The second British Superbike race of the weekend was another nail-biting experience in the Honda garage as teammates and brothers, Andrew and Glenn Irwin held off the chasing pack across the 26-lap race. Glenn started from the first row of the grid in third place, with Andrew behind in fifth, and by the end of the first lap it was Glenn leading the race.
By lap six it was again a Honda 1-2, as Andrew made up places to join Glenn at the front. Holding off their championship rivals, Glenn led the way lap after lap, but brother Andrew was hot on his heels and coming into the last corner made his move to take his second win of the weekend, with Glenn crossing the line 0.194s behind in second place.
The final Superbike race of the weekend also didn’t disappoint, but with Andrew starting seventh and Glenn 12th, they knew they had a job on their hands. However, showing throughout the race the strength of the new Fireblade, both Honda men set about tracking down their opponents, and by half race distance Glenn was sitting third with Andrew fourth.
On lap 23 the brothers made their move into the podium spots with Tommy Bridewell leading the pack, but again on the final lap Andrew made his move on his brother to take second place, with Glenn completing the podium in third.
Following an incident in the final stages of Race 3, with Josh Brookes exiting Redgate, Andrew has since been disqualified from the race, as well as receiving penalty points for his involvement in the incident, which means he will start at the back of the grid for Race 1 at Snetterton. Glenn moves into second place in the results and takes the championship lead with 60 points, with Andrew in second place with 50 points. After Round 1 Honda is leading the manufacturer standings and is 24 points ahead of Ducati in second place.
Meanwhile Tom Neave made an outstanding comeback in the final Superstock race of the weekend coming from last on the grid to cross the line fifth, setting a new Superstock 1000 lap record in the process. The race was rescheduled to the end of the day after a red flag incident earlier in the day, where Tom should have started from pole position, but after missing the gate for the quick restart he was relegated to the back of the grid.
However, cutting his way through the pack he soon moved his Fireblade up through the order to finish in an impressive fifth place, and was only 2.295s from the win. After this weekend Tom is sitting joint first with Chrissy Rouse in the championship standings with 36 points. Meanwhile teammate Davey Todd continued to progress throughout the weekend, crossing the line 10th in the race.
The Honda Racing team will now look forward to Round 2 of the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, which takes place in two weekends time at Snetterton on 21/22/23 August.
Honda Racing ready to get the season underway at Donington Park
This weekend (7/8/9 August), four months after the initial planned start, the Bennetts British Superbike Championship will eventually get underway with the opening round taking place at Donington Park.
The Honda Racing quartet of Andrew Irwin, Glenn Irwin (British Superbike) Tom Neave and Davey Todd (National Superstock) are looking forward to riding the brand-new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP in anger at Donington’s shorter National Circuit. The 2020 season is condensed into six rounds, with 18 races, which means every race is vital.
The team enjoyed a comprehensive testing programme with the new Fireblade SP, starting in March before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world. It then meant it was July before the team were back out on track with private testing at Cadwell Park and Snetterton. Last weeks’ official test at Donington Park provided a good base for the teams’ British Superbike and Superstock 1000 riders before the triple-header this weekend.