The MIE Racing Honda team and rider Takumi Takahashi have completed the first of the race making up round 5 of the Superbike world championship at Motorland Aragón in Spain.
The squad used the early morning practice session to make final adjustments to the set-up of their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP prior to the Superpole, rider Takahashi also managing to shave another half second off his lap time. During the twenty-five minute qualifying session, the Japanese rider was able to put together a series of fast laps and record a best of 1’51.833. This result meant that he qualified in twenty-first position for the afternoon’s 18-lap Superbike race.
Superbike race 1 got underway at 2pm as scheduled. From the seventh row of the grid, Takumi made up two positions early on to place nineteenth. Takahashi made up several more positions over the course of the race, ultimately closing just inside the points zone, in fifteenth position.