Glenn Irwin says there was never a moment he questioned signing for Be Wiser PBM Ducati and is in the MCE British Superbike championship to win.
The Carrickfergus rider is preparing for a move up to BSB after four years in the British Supersport class and has signed with a title favourite in the shape of Be Wiser Ducati alongside four-time champion Shane Byrne.
After being approached by Paul Bird the 26-year-old says he needed no time to consider an offer to move into BSB and says the move fitted his approach to racing – competing to win.
“We all love racing but I go racing to win,” Irwin told Crash.net
. “If someone said, 'Glenn you can go to MotoGP tomorrow and ride a CRT bike at the back or the best bike in British Superbike', I'd always say British Superbike. I had a few options this year but as soon as Paul Bird came along there wasn't even a question.”
Irwin says he has also been taken by how passionate his new PBM crew are after completing his first pre-season tests with the Ducati Panigale superbike. The BSB rookie has return to home to work on his fitness as well as physical aspects he wants to improve for the step up from the middleweight class and into superbikes.
“As a rider it is not how good the bike is, how much money there is or how fit I am it is about the guys around you and that starts from Paul down,” Irwin said. “Paul's enthusiasm is through the roof and the guys around me are the same. I'm the young guy coming in all guns blazing but there is no extra pressure.
“I'm not killing myself in the gym I'm working hard without peaking as there is two months until race one. After going testing I knew what I needed to improve on and getting my strength up. I put my shirt on last night for the launch and realised I'd grown. I've got five shirts but only one I could fit in!”