The Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP has taken the
lead at Snetterton for both the Bennetts British Superbike and the National
Superstock 1000 Championships thanks to Glenn Irwin and Tom Neave.
Racing first Glenn took second place landing him 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 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.
Speaking on his experience Irwin commented ‘Getting my first win feels really good, it almost feels as good as the second places we've had! The seconds have felt like victories as we've always extended our championship lead, but this one was super-sweet, I really wanted that win and enjoyed how well the Fireblade was working. Getting the win is sweet and it's a testament to how hard the team and myself work. The team is amazing there's no egos whatsoever and everyone from either side of the garage, the Superstock 1000 team; we all work together, I'm really enjoying it and keeping our feet on the ground.'
Turning to the Superstock side of the garage Tom Neave took the winning tally of the new Fireblade to five wins so far this season across the BSB and Superstock classes. Making some changes for this morning's warm-up Tom was feeling confident for the 12-lap race and starting from seventh he wanted his second race win.
Racing through the exceedingly competitive Superstock 1000 field, Tom made up places with the start/finish line as his area of attack and on the penultimate lap he took the lead, where he eventually crossed the line to take his second win of the season and extending his championship points tally.
Describing his thoughts, Neave commented ‘I'm absolutley over the moon to be able to turn the weekend around with a win, I felt like I was really up against it until warm-up this morning. Fair play to the team for turning the bike upside down and giving me a package that worked and gave me the confidence to get the job done, as soon as I did that time in warm-up I knew I could fight for a win, so it gave me that boost I needed. I kept my head down the whole race and timed everything to perfection. I knew where I was weak and strong, and at the last turn I was able to get lined up to get the best drive up the start/finish straight, so it was a case of sitting on the back wheel into the last corner and slipstreaming into the line and playing my cards right. The new Fireblade is so strong and it was everything I wanted a bike to be in that race.’
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.
Images source: Honda Racing UK