Glenn Irwin says his decision on which team to ride for in the 2023 season will be based on which machine he believes will give him the best chance of becoming British Superbike Champion.
The Carrickfergus rider finished second in his career in this year’s BSB series, including five race wins, as part of the Honda Racing team.
He has been linked with a possible move to the PBM Ducati team for next season.
“I have to decide what gives me the best chance of winning the series,” Irwin said.
“It’s not about the money – if it was about the money, I’d probably choose the option that I don’t take.
“And it’s not about ‘he should stay there because he could do the TT forever’ as some people say.
“My answer to that is that I’m about to have my third child in a few weeks, so TT is not at the top of my priorities. It never was.
“Since day one, BSB has been my bread and butter.
“The TT, North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, Macau…it’s always been a vacation for me, I’m going to enjoy these events in front of massive crowds of people, I love riding my bike.
“First and foremost, I want to be the British Superbike Champion. Whatever decision I make is based on that, nothing else.”
The 32-year-old has won six successive Superbike races at the North West 200 and made his Isle of Man TT debut in June, lapping the fastest lap ever by a newcomer at an average speed of over 129 mph.
Previously, he rode for the PBM Ducati team from 2016 to 2018, achieving the best overall classification in the championship in 2018.
The Cumbria-based team are the most successful team in the history of the BSB series.
“It’s a bike that won the BSB in 2019 and 2020 and I think it’s a bike that can win the championship,” said Irwin of the PBM-prepared Ducati.
“Having said that, I’ve outclassed any driver in the last four rounds of this year’s BSB series, so I have to weigh everything.
“I had a fantastic season and achieved everything I set out to achieve, including second place in the championship.
“I’m racing to win obviously, but given the packages we were up against, we probably exceeded our targets.
“Did we think second place was achievable? Probably not.