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Glenn Irwin causes a stir by splitting from Tyco after just two months


Shock exit: Glenn Irwin racing for Tyco BMW in the British Superbike series
Shock exit: Glenn Irwin racing for Tyco BMW in the British Superbike series
Glenn Irwin
Jonathan Rea

By Roy Harris

The world of motorcycling has been left reeling by Glenn Irwin's shock departure from the Tyco BMW British Superbike team just two months after joining as replacement for the injured Keith Farmer.

In a statement, TAS Racing said: "Following discussions, both parties have mutually agreed to terminate the current arrangement with immediate effect.

"TAS would like to thank Glenn for his input over the past four British Superbike Championship rounds and wish him every success with his future plans."

The 29-year-old Carrickfergus rider has had a troublesome 2019 after switching from the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team to the 2018 BSB-winning Quattro Plant Kawasaki outfit.

Despite winning during the final BSB round at Brands Hatch in 2018 and starting this season as one of the Championship favourites, Irwin struggled with the 2019 Kawasaki, two ninth-position finishes the best he could manage on the BSB circuits before leaving the team to join Tyco BMW in July.

His one high point of 2019 was his North West 200 Superbike win on the Kawasaki - his third Superbike win in a row on the north coast.

What has gone wrong since replacing Farmer at TAS?

Things appeared to be on the up for Irwin as he improved to fifth and sixth-position finishes at Cadwell Park and Oulton Park.

Then he announced at the Classic TT that he was looking to tackle the Isle of Man TT races for the first time in 2020, hopefully under the Tyco TAS banner.

Suddenly, he is looking for another ride in BSB for the final two rounds at Donington and Brands Hatch.

The Macau Grand Prix is also on the horizon and it would not surprise many if he was back on a PBM Ducati for a one-off ride at an event he won in 2017.

This is the first time in 17 years in BSB that TAS have parted company with a rider before the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty begin practice tomorrow morning for the final European round of the World Superbike Championship before the series heads to Argentina and Qatar for the final two rounds.

Having witnessed Rea's two wins and a close second to Alvaro Bautista last time out at Portimao, his Kawasaki camp are certainly together and full of confidence after he increased his Championship lead to 91 points over the Spaniard, who this week agreed to ride for Honda in the 2020 Championship after one season with Ducati in which at one stage he seemed to be running away with the series.

However, no talk of his Championship chances just yet as Rea commented: "I'm ready to get back on my bike again after what seems an age since Portimao.

"Now it's time to turn our attention to Magny Cours, a circuit that requires really good stability on the brakes and a set-up that changes direction well and I feel it plays into the strengths of the Ninja ZX-10RR in some areas while in other areas we need to find a set-up compromise.

"Here the weather could well play an important role over the weekend. In any case I'm ready to get stuck in."

This weekend presents Rea with his first mathematical opportunity to make it five Championships in a row.

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