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Glenn Irwin is hoping to make Isle of Man TT debut

 

Ambition: Glenn Irwin wants to compete at Isle of Man TT
Ambition: Glenn Irwin wants to compete at Isle of Man TT

By Roy Harris

Four-time Superbike winner at the North West 200 and British Superbike star Glenn Irwin has revealed that he intends to compete at next year's Isle of Man TT races.

Tyco BMW rider Irwin, who completed a parade lap around the 37-mile Mountain Circuit on Monday during the Classic TT, said: "The course is amazing. Some parts are phenomenal. The run from Kerrowmoar towards Ramsey is so bumpy and fast.

"This was the first time I'd been around it properly - I tried to do a lap on Sunday night and got caught speeding at Ramsey."

However, his participation in the 2020 TT will depend on getting his BSB plans sorted out first, and then, if still with the Hector and Philip Neill team, persuading them that the TT should be on his agenda.

"I'm all for it if the squad wants to return with me on board," said the Carrickfergus rider.

"They would be a really good team to come to the TT with, no pressure on me for results as I learn my way around."

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, yesterday's Mylchreest Junior Manx Grand Prix suffered weather delay after delay before getting the go-ahead over three laps instead of four.

Onchan 21-year-old Nathan Harrison overcame a pit-lane speeding penalty to beat Liverpudlian Stephen Smith and Skerries rider Andy Farrell.

Young James Hind (19) set a furious pace from the start and shattered the class lap record from a standing start of 121.773mph to lead the race by over 11 seconds from Harrison.

Hind, however, hit trouble on lap two and retired with machine problems at Greeba Bridge. That left Harrison to lead from Smith and Farrell.

Then, during his fuel stop, Harrison was hit with a 30-second pit-lane speeding penalty and his chances of winning seemed remote.

Cue a tremendous final lap from the local ace. He was still five seconds adrift of Smith at Glen Helen, and three down at Ramsey, but as they sped past the Bungalow he was ahead by a third of a second.

He stormed down the Mountain to win by over three seconds, with Farrell nearly five seconds back in third. The leaderboard was completed by Stephen Parsons, Andrew Fisher and Steven Proctor.

Harrison said: "I've worked non-stop to get here. I knew straight away I had a penalty, making it hard for myself.

"But I just gave it a good go on the last lap and managed to make up the time."

Hind made up for his earlier disappointment by scorching to Lightweight Manx victory and shattering the lap record with a speed of 116.453mph to win by 29 seconds from Italian Francesco Curinga and Dublin's Dave Butler after three laps.

A second French win of the week went to Lancelot Unissart in the concurrently-ran Ultra Lightweight race.

Clerk of the course Gary Thompson announced that with bad weather forecast for tomorrow, the second Lightweight, Ultra-Lightweight and Senior Manx will be brought forward to today.

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