GLENN Irwin could hardly contain his excitement as he revealed his intentions to race at next year’s Isle of Man TT this week.
The Tyco BMW ace was handed the keys to a brand new 2019 S1000XR adventure model for yesterday’s parade lap, which he flogged around the 37.73 mile circuit in his first two-wheeled go on the course.
Minutes after he hopped off the bike, we caught up with the Northern Irishman to see how it went.
“F***ing amazing, it was really good,” Irwin told UK Clubsport. “The whole thing is surreal, even the beginning where you get the tap on the shoulder at the start.
“I realised at Bray Hill that the bike’s so new that it’s still got a restrictor on it, which was annoying but in hindsight it was good because it stopped me arriving anywhere too fast.”
“I haven’t really tried to learn this place yet, it’s the first time I’ve ever been around properly. I did it on closed roads in a car before but I wasn’t driving and I didn’t have any interest in learning it back then.
“I tried to do a lap Sunday night and got caught speeding at Ramsey,” he chuckled.
“The course is mind-blowing. Some parts are phenomenal, when you get on the approach to Ramsey it’s like you’re out of the really crazy stuff and you feel like you can relax. But from Kerrowmoar and the whole way down there is bumpy and fast.”
While Irwin admitted he is still in the early stages of learning the course, he is adamant that if the Tyco BMW squad wants to return with him on board, he’s all up for it.
But with his 2020 short circuit plans still to iron out, only time will tell.
“It all comes down to if the team will come. I said to Phillip [Neil] I would like to come but first of all we need to sign the paperwork there for next year.
“I think it’s a good idea that we do it together, no pressure on the team and no pressure on me. They’re a really good team to come with.
“The smile on my face tells me I want to come back here in eight months’ time, not 20 months.”
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