Four times North West 200 winner Glenn Irwin is more than a touch excited, enthused about his eagerly awaited Mountain Course racing debut next year, as he competes alongside John McGuinness MBE within the factory Honda Racing team.
Set to sample the Superbike, Superstock, Senior races, the BSB front runner issued the following when speaking about his two years in the making TT Races challenge.
“Finally, I’ll be making my long-awaited TT debut with Honda! We’re now more familiar with the new Fireblade (CBR1000RR-R) and the team is more familiar; I like to have home comforts as such and continuing with the bike and the same team I think puts us in a better position with frame of mind.
We still have no targets set and no expectations for the Isle of Man TT, we’re going there to learn and enjoy.
It’s incredible to have someone like John as my teammate on the roads, he’s someone I have looked up to and is probably the second greatest TT rider after another Honda-man Joey!”
Irwin who will also aim to bolster his North West 200 wins tally next year, added:
“To have that opportunity to be able to learn off him and able to be part of the team, see everything first-hand and to learn off him experiencing the ‘McGuinness-factor’ is something I am really excited about!
On the flip side, we go to the North West 200 where we can work together and I think we can realistically set targets there – I would love to achieve Honda’s first international road race win on the new Fireblade at the NW200 and add to my Superbike wins there.
We’re fully aware we’ve not been there in a few years but like everyone else, we’ll go and we’ll do our homework.
For sure the Honda team are the best to go road racing with and BSB and hopefully we can find out feet during practice and if we’re feeling confident look towards adding to the NW200 wins.”
Photo via Honda Racing UK website
Quotes via Honda Racing UK website
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou