Glenn Irwin is entering his second season with Honda Racing UK after a BSB 2020 campaign that saw him finish fourth and become a constant championship challenger.
In preseason testing ahead of next month’s season opener, Irwin hasn’t done much to curb those who expect him to challenge again and possibly win the title because he was the fastest in the two-day Silverstone test, which also included a new lap record. the national layout.
Snetterton proved more inconvenient for everyone, as only two of the nine scheduled sessions saw the riders complete lap times due to bad weather. But speaking with Irwin about his feelings so far, he said, âFirst of all, it was great to be back and to be on the right track with everyone.
âThis is where we know where we are as such, as long as everyone is working on the same strategies. At Silverstone, I feel like we’ve made some really good progress with the bike.
âWe did it to do what I wanted it to do and allow me to ride a Superbike the right way, to turn, but also to save the tire by trying to avoid the edge of the tire and doing everything. what we can from a setup point. view to use that part where most of the handle is.
âI think we did really well from a chassis perspective. We had a bunch of new things to try. We had electronic strategies that made the bike easier to ride, which gave us more speed because you are able to get out of bends a little bit better.
âSo we had that and we also had a new swingarm. It’s derived from the standard arm. It’s funny because they’re new to the development of the standard arm, but I still think there are strengths. the very first one we got last year, which is basically standard.
âIf you asked me which one is better, I would say maybe it’s a track-by-track-to-minute thing, but it was good to go through a series of parts.
As for the last two tests at Oulton Park and Donington, Irwin is focusing more on testing the swingarm parts with âback to backâ comparisons being the goal.
Irwin added: âSo there are some new things that will clearly be different on the bike I’m going to try. I want to test two consecutive versions of the swingarm. swing arm that will happen.
âIt’s a lot of work with that because you have to give everyone more than 5-6 laps to get the potential out of it and really know which one is better.
âThere are also areas to work on like our weaknesses – the rider and the bike. In BSB without anti-wheelie, the Hondas have a bit of a hard time in these areas. We have the fenders that help the entry. cornering but maybe not a massive help on wheelie.
âI chatted with a few guys and asked to do a bunch of homework before Oulton to see where I ride, when it starts, what RPM, where it is, then when we get there we can go with the bike last year first. “
In recent years, many WorldSBK and BSB riders have had the opportunity to compete in the Suzuka 8 hour race depending on which manufacturer they are a part of.
And since this is one of the biggest annual events for Honda, I asked Irwin to potentially race Suzuka if things go well at BSB.
Irwin said: âThere is a list of events with the Bol d’Or, the Daytona 200, the Isle of Man TT and the Suzuka 8 hours is right up there.
âI think what’s really exciting is being with Honda and hopefully being here for the long haul.
âHopefully that’s something we can build on and if I can get into the Suzuka race early in my career then maybe one day we can be in one of the better teams. There are a few teams that give you the chance to fight for the podium there. “