Road racing history wise, the 10th of April marks three years since the major announcement that the Paul Bird Motorsport run Be Wiser Ducati team would be returning to the North West 200 with Glenn Irwin.
Irwin who would go onto triumph in for many the greatest feature Superbike race on the fabled Triangle course, stated at the time about his NW200 return:
Photo by Rod Neill
“I am a road racer and it is great to have the opportunity to race in front of my home crowd again.
I really want to do the North West again because I loved the place when I first raced there. It will be great for people to see a great bike like the Ducati in action too.
It really makes me smile to think about it all so I hope when people hear this news they will have a smile on their face too.
When I first raced the North West I learnt what it was like to run at the front but not what it was like to win.
Maybe I am not the favourite to win a Superbike race yet but that’s not how I see it and I go road racing to win. It is going to be some craic!”
Just a few added facts about the 10th of April, it’s when the Great Gatsby was published, the first race of the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship season took place and it’s 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop’s Birthday!
Words by Stevie Rial