Glenn Irwin will be retained by Be Wiser Ducati alongside defending MCE British Superbike champion Shane Byrne in 2017 after impressing during his rookie campaign.

The Northern Irish rider ended the year 12th in the riders' championship with the highlight of two rostrum results at Thruxton and Brands Hatch GP and made steady improvements with his results throughout his maiden season in BSB having stepped up from British Supersport.

After Be Wiser Ducati announced it had secured a two-year deal with five-time BSB champion Byrne, Irwin is set to seal a one-year contract having worked well with the Kent rider as the pair turned the Ducati Panigale R into a championship-winner.

"It is really great for me to be signing for the team again and have that continuity into next season because in racing that is so important and this is a perfect platform for me to continuing developing my career," Irwin said.

"I look at next season with the target of improving on what I have achieved in my first year and to also be more consistent as that is so important. I know you can't underestimate this championship and the competition but I was on the podium this year and once you have done it once you can always do it if you keep pushing.

"I need to be looking at more podiums and to be consistent enough to fight for the Showdown; I know I need to keep pushing and raising the bar."

Irwin becomes the fourth name confirmed on the 2017 BSB grid behind Byrne, Shaun Winfield at Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha and Jake Dixon at Lee Hardy Racing BMW.

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