Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin has expressed his excitement ahead of the 2016 MCE British Superbike opener at Silverstone this weekend.
The 26-year-old will be making his debut in the top class with the Paul Bird Motorsport-run team, which have made the switch from Kawasaki after four years.
The Northern Irishman ended his pre-season on a high after finishing within the top eight at the official test at Donington Park last week.
Irwin said: “Now that testing is over, I’m really looking forward to starting my MCE BSB career in earnest by getting out there and doing some racing on the Be Wiser Ducati. I’m absolutely buzzing for this opportunity, I have a great team around me and I’m feeling pretty good going into Silverstone.”
Irwin ended the British Supersport Championship in fourth position overall last year after taking three victories throughout the season.
The former Gearlink Kawasaki rider also achieved a total of 10 podiums – two of which came at Silverstone.
He added: “I won a Supersport race round there last year and finished on the podium in the other one so the track suits me, although this weekend is going to be a totally different challenge. The plan this weekend, first and foremost, is to score points and then to see how high up the leaderboard we can get, but it’s a case of being realistic.”
The 2016 season gets underway this Friday with the first free practice sessions of the year – the first of which gets underway at 10:15am.