Glenn Irwin gears up in Spain for his Superbike assault
Carrickfergus racer Glenn Irwin, who makes his debut in the British Superbike Championship on April 10 with the PBM BeWiser Ducati team, has enjoyed his first taste of action on the factory-backed Panigale R in Spain over the past week.
Last week Irwin was at Cartagena for three days of valuable testing and set-up time before moving to the Guadix circuit with team-mate Shane Byrne, a record-breaking four-time British Superbike champion.
"It's still all about learning how to ride a Superbike for me, so my plan was to gradually build up and not do anything silly," said the former double Irish champion and front-runner in last season's British Supersport Championship.
"I did lots of laps at both Cartagena and Guadix and the team got through a mountain of work."
However, the Spanish sunshine didn't always shine, with snow, rain and single digit track temperatures being recorded in the build-up to the Guadix test.
"The conditions at Guadix kept me on my toes, but once I got the hang of the circuit I was able to lap faster," said Irwin.
"We found a good setting on Wednesday at Guadix and as a result, I felt really confident with the bike and was able to reduce my lap times consistently.
"But we are not a million miles away and as Shakey told me, 'it wasn't about putting record-breaking laps in over here' it was time developing this brand new bike."