Since returning from Donington Park on Sunday Honda Racing has been working hard, at their headquarters in Louth, preparing the race bikes in time for Thruxton.
Despite the quick turn around, the meticulous pre-race preparation programme of the four British Superbikes remain the same. The teams completely strip the race bikes. The mechanics thoroughly inspect the cylinder heads and the workings of the Honda CBR1000RR Superbike engines, while the gearboxes and clutches are carefully checked, ensuring that every component on the bikes are race-ready.
Once the machines have undergone their thorough examinations they are rebuilt and loaded into the trucks for the 200-mile journey to Thruxton, Hampshire.
Last year Thruxton hosted round two of the championship and Kiyonari celebrated his second double win. This weekend, the Japanese rider will be looking to replicate the result and re-establish himself at the top of the leader board of the ultra-competitive Championship.
Harris, along with all the HM Plant team members, is hoping for a dry weekend. So far this season 50 per cent of the British Superbike races have been declared wet and the riders have competed in some of the most atrocious weather conditions.
Meanwhile, National Superstock rider John McGuinness will be concentrating on continuing in his point-scoring ways at the southern venue aboard his HM Plant Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. McGuinness is currently joint fifth in the ever-popular class.
Manger – Honda Racing Neil Tuxworth: “It is always that much busier when we have back-to-back meetings but everything gets done. We had strong results at Thruxton last year and, like all the teams, we are hoping for a nice dry weekend’s racing and some more positive results at the end of it.
Round three of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place on the 14/16/17 April. Practice day takes place on Friday with no activity on Saturday, due to local noise restrictions.
Qualifying for the British Superbike Championship takes place at 15.00 on Sunday 16 April, with qualifying for National Superstock Championship at 11.50 and 16.00. The first 22-lap British Superbike race starts at 13.30 and the second at 16.15. The 18-lap National Superstock Championship race starts at 15.10.
The ITV broadcast window is Monday 17 April from 15.00 – 17.00.