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Feeling good: Glenn Irwin is confident Ducati could rule the roads at Dundrod

Feeling good: Glenn Irwin is confident Ducati could rule the roads at Dundrod

Feeling good: Glenn Irwin is confident Ducati could rule the roads at Dundrod

British Superbike newcomer Glenn Irwin believes the Ducati Panigale he is on board can do the business at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Irwin currently has no plans to compete on the roads this year, but with three rounds of the British championship under his belt he has admitted that he would still like to make an appearance at the race in August.

"I've heard a few people say that the Panigale isn't a road racing bike, but to be honest I'm not so sure," said Irwin.

"Maybe it's not a TT bike, but now I've ridden it I definitely think the Ducati has a lot of characteristics that would suit fast, flowing road circuits like Dundrod.

"It has so much torque and it's like a missile in every gear, so I think it would work well."

The Carrickfergus rider, who made his roads debut at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2014, remains coy, however, when asked whether the Ducati will be making an appearance on the grid at Dundrod.

"We can't say too much right now, but hopefully it happens," he added.

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"We might be there racing, but ultimately its Paul's (Bird) decision and if he wants the Ducati there, I'll be there.

"The focus for now is on the British Championships.

"I'm starting to get a good feeling with the bigger bike and I'm learning every time I throw my leg over the bike."

Irwin also confirmed that while he may not compete at Dundrod this year, the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix will remain one of his key sponsors this season, and he will once again be an ambassador for Bike Week which takes place from August 8 to 13.


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