Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin has secured a late deal to contest the 2012 British Supersport Championship on a Yamaha R6.

Irwin will ride for the MET Healthcare/Megastore 247-backed team in partnership with CDH Racing.

He tested the bike at Cadwell Park on Saturday where he was able to solve some of the handling issues he has been experiencing with the bike.

Irwin, who competed in last year's Junior Superstock 600 class, which was won by Clogher rider Keith Farmer, told Crash.Net: "I was beginning to get worried because the opening race weekend was coming so fast and I had nothing sorted, but this has really taken the pressure off me.

"I just kept training hard along with Alastair Seeley in the gym and tried to keep my chin up and thankfully I got something sorted.

"MET Healthcare, my main sponsor, and Megastore 247 basically joined forces and we teamed up with CDH Racing, who were looking for a competitive rider to join the team along with Dean Hipwell, so it made sense.

"We had a few teething problems at Cadwell on Saturday but once we got those ironed out I ended up going faster than I have ever managed, so I'm happy with that.

"It's been hectic now for the past month and it's all go. I'm riding in the Supersport Cup as well as the main championship and I'm hoping I can mix it up with those guys," he added.

"The competition between myself and Alastair Seeley in the gym is probably more competitive that it is on the track, so I'm in good shape and I'm just looking forward to getting on with it."