British Supersport championship hopeful Glenn Irwin believes a step up to world level is a possibility should he enjoy a fruitful 2015 in the national series.
Irwin came of age after his move to the Gearlink Kawasaki outfit in 2014, scoring five wins and three further podiums along the way to an overall fourth place finish in the highly competitive British Supersport class.
In an exclusive interview with Crash.net
Irwin revealed that World Superbike contender Jonathan Rea made contact and spoke to teams on his behalf during his late-season surge in form which saw him win two of the last three races.
“Jonathan Rea got in touch with me this year after my results started to improve,” said the 24-year old. “He spoke to a few teams for me at world level and opened some doors that definitely aren't shut for the following year. If I perform there's potentially going to be a platform there.”
While harbouring aspirations of becoming a world champion, Irwin knows that the World Superbike paddock would be the logical first step to the world stage rather than the grand prix route.
“Moto2 would definitely suit my style, sliding it in like a maniac! If you want to go to Grand Prix you have to go there when you start racing. The chances of anyone in Northern Ireland having that kind of money behind them at a young age are slim.
"My way of getting to Grand Prix would be the way Jonathan and Crutchlow [did it]. I'll have to become a top name in World Superbikes and then get across. If there were a few World Supersport rides and Moto2 rides at the end of the year I'd have to pay for the Moto2 ride. Then you're back into where you were a couple of years ago.
"Your aspiration has to be a world champion but saying that the BSB series is incredibly strong at the minute. I'm not one to set a direct plan. At the present time you have to pick the right move. I know they're saying the World Supersport series is weak barring the first few but if you're winning it doesn't matter what the depth is like from tenth to twentieth.
"You're still beating Kenan Sofuoglu, it's still tough at the top. I did speak to some Superbike teams in BSB for this season  and there may be options there. I've got to get the job done with Gearlink and hopefully we can get that championship and we'll go from there.”
To read the full interview in which Glenn talks about his family's racing heritage, the 2014 season and initiatives to help local riders CLICK HERE