Belfast Telegraph

Alan Irwin's new deal keeps it in family

By PAUL LINDSAY

Legendary Irish tarmac and motorcycle road racing champion Alan Irwin will have two of his sons to cheer on this year in British championship.

Glenn Irwin, who recently secured a deal with Gearlink Kawasaki as their number one rider in British Supersport, will be joined in the BSB paddock by his younger brother Andrew after the 19-year-old signed on the dotted line yesterday with MWR Kawasaki to ride in this season's Pirelli National Superstock 600 class.

Andrew, who won the Irish and Ulster Supertwins Championship in 2012, joined the high profile British series part way through the 2013 season, gaining a best result of 11th place at Donington Park.

He is now eager to race for a full season and challenge for podium finishes with his new team, as he explained from his Carrickfergus home.

"I'm very happy and excited to be joining the MWR Kawasaki team," he said.

"I think it is the perfect team for me to take my career to the next level and I think together we can have great success.

"Our goals and plans are the same for the British Superstock season and this fills me with confidence.

"I would like to thank Mark Webster for giving me this opportunity as well as my personal sponsors MET Healthcare, John Seaweight Commercial Vehicle Sales, Aquarius Couriers and The Ben Gautrey Foundation for helping me fund my season."

With the MWR team based in Northern Ireland, team owner Webster believes Irwin will receive plenty of local support.

Webster said: "I've been watching Andrew since he joined the series part way through 2013 and was very impressed with the way he learned the tracks so quickly and was able to put in performances beyond what he should have in his first races in the UK.

"I'm absolutely certain he will challenge right at the front in the National Superstock 600 class, and with plenty of testing planned we will make sure he is in the best possible shape to kick the season off in April at Brands Hatch.

"I'm sure the local fans will get right behind him."

Meanwhile, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, Moto2 kingpin Pol Espargaro and Moto3 champion Maverick Vinales will do battle in the Superprestigio Dirt Track event in Barcelona tomorrow.

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