Points all-round for Honda at Silverstone
Honda’s British Superbike team is leaving the opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone positive after the weekend, which saw all riders score points across the Superbike and Superstock classes, aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.
Glorious conditions greeted the championship across the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and fans were treated to close racing action across all classes, especially in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship which saw the top-11 in Saturday’s qualifying separated by 0.360 seconds, where Honda’s riders Andrew Irwin and Xavi Forés qualified 10th and 11th respectively.
Making his BSB debut this weekend Forés made progress throughout each session aboard the Fireblade. Today’s opening race of the day saw the Spaniard finish tenth, but it was during the final race he really found his feet. Dropping back places in the opening stages of the race to 14th, Forés fought back and made his charge through the group ahead. Carving his way through the pack he eventually crossed the line eighth and leaves the opening round ninth in the overall championship standings.
Teammate Irwin also enjoyed a solid weekend with great pace throughout all sessions and finished the first race of the day sixth, just 0.731 seconds from fifth place. The last race saw Irwin penalised on lap 12, after an on-track incident while running fifth. Taking the penalty lane in superb style, Irwin had already begun his charge back up the places to make up lost ground. Fighting hard he crossed the line seventh, where he also sits in the overall standings.
In the National Superstock 1000 Championship Honda made its return to the series this weekend in fine style with Tom Neave. With a two-part 100-mile race yesterday, Neave scored two eighth-place finishes, and during today’s race dug deep and was well in the mix with his Superstock rivals. Making up places the Lincolnshire lad came home sixth and is also sixth in the championship standings.
The team will now prepare for an official BSB test this Thursday (25 April) at Oulton Park, before the second round of the championship at the Cheshire circuit on 4/5/6 May.
Silverstone National Circuit Statistics
1.604 miles (2.581km)
Left Hand : 2
Right Hand : 4
Pole Position: Left
BSB Lap Record : Jake Dixon - 54.109 (2018)