GLENN Irwin has finally confirmed he will make his Isle of Man TT debut next year as he joins Davey Todd in the Honda Racing camp.
Along with duties in the Bennetts British Superbike championship, the Northern Irishman is set to race the Mountain Course for the first time this coming May with action planned in the Superbike and Superstock classes.
Joining up-and-coming roads star Todd on the roads, Irwin – who first rode the 37.73-mile course back in May on an adventure bike – told UK Clubsport he was poised to take on the TT in 2020 if Tyco BMW, his then-team, agreed.
But his split from the Moneymore squad later this summer meant his debut was in doubt.
Now, however, he’s set for action at both the TT and North West 200 aboard what has been one of the most highly-anticipated new models of the past few years: the 2020 Honda CBR1000RR.
“I guess it’s natural to be excited to join Honda, but I really am,” Irwin admitted. “I’m enjoying doing the homework for the TT and learning it, there’s no expectations whatsoever.
“We’re not going there to win in year one, the place requires a lot of respect and time and that’s what we’ll give it.
“It’s a privilege to make my debut there on the new Fireblade as a lot of people will be wanting to see it in action, so I have to prepare the best I can for the most professional and safe job in my first year.”
Todd, meanwhile, says he’s equally excited to join the factory Honda squad – doubling up with duties in the National Superstock 1000 championship – as he looks to build on his best of sixth in this year’s Senior race.
“We all know Honda’s history and I grew up watching the factory team and that’s what got me into racing, and it’s been a lifelong dream to ride for Honda,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to the British Championship and I think I’ve got a lot to give there. I had one season in 2016 and then concentrated a little more on the roads, but I don’t want to be thought of as just a roads guy.
“The 2020 Fireblade looks incredible and after seeing it I am more excited that I was before – if that’s even possible.”