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It's the perfect time to go and make my TT bow, says Irwin

By Steve Simpson

Carrickfergus ace Glenn Irwin will make his Isle of Man TT debut next year after declaring that all the pieces have fallen into place.

Irwin will represent Honda Racing at both the TT and North West 200 in 2020, while also joining younger brother Andrew as a team-mate in next year's British Superbike Championship.

"I've always been highly interested in the TT and now everything has come together for me," said Irwin. "I feel I've matured a lot and I like how Honda are going to go about it."

The 29-year-old has been a regular visitor to the TT and completed a parade lap of the Mountain Course at the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in August.

"I've had to learn the TT circuit as, having grown up in Northern Ireland, I don't know it in the same way as I know the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix courses which I have been round so many times since I was a child," said Irwin.

"What impressed me about what the Honda team had to offer was a vision and a plan.

"When you go road racing you have to be comfortable in your surroundings and know the bike, so I believe this is the right deal for me at this stage of my career."

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