Honda factory rider Glenn Irwin said the changes expected to be introduced to the Isle of Man TT in 2022 will be a “huge step forward” for the event.
Recently, the Island’s Business Department announced a comprehensive plan that is expected to transform the event – which has been around for over a century – in the years to come.
The TT was recently canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers have plans in place for a modern comeback next year.
As part of the rebirth, live TV coverage is expected to be introduced at the event, which is set to begin on Sunday, May 29, 2022.
Qualifying will take place over six days and the Lightweight Race will be known as the Supertwin TT and will benefit from a rule overhaul that will allow machines up to 700cc to compete as Yamaha and Aprilia look set to introduce machines to the race. class in ten months. ‘ time.
âI can’t wait and look forward to it in a number of ways,â admits Glenn Irwin.
âIt will be good to make my debut at a time when the event is changing.
âThe afternoon practice sessions will be good because I will be in good shape to do a few more laps.
âIt’s a good thing to have more races, even though I will only be doing Superbike races, but it will benefit the other riders and the spectators more.
âThe live TV coverage is excellent from a business perspective and it’s great to be able to spread the brand across the world and it will give me the opportunity to see more glimpses of myself on the right track. , which will help me progress.
“The important thing is that all the big sports like football, basketball, Moto GP and Formula 1 are accessible live, so this is a huge step forward for the Isle of Man TT” said the man from Carrickfergus.
The 31-year-old, who is the son of former road racer Alan Irwin, has proven himself on the roads and short circuits in recent seasons.
Glenn has enjoyed Superbike success at the North West 200 in recent years and finished fourth in the British Superbike Championship in his debut season with the Honda factory team in 2020.
Ready like never before, Irwin insists that learning the Snaefell Mountain course will be a priority in the months to come.
COVID-19 has postponed his apprenticeship on the island for now, but he plans to incorporate a few Isle of Man tours around his busy BSB schedule which begins at Oulton Park this weekend.
âI have the same approach for any road race and I know there is going to be a lot going on for me when I debut, the track, the fans and everything that goes with it,â admits the former Ducati rider.
âI’m really excited because this is my first year and I don’t expect to know where to finish at all.
âI can’t wait to sit down on Glencrutchery Road half a mile from where the top ten get a pat on the shoulder to start the race and run with other runners on a track I’ve never before seen before.
“I will be with lower riders that I might never get the chance to see on the track and I’m happy to be there for the first year or two and get to know them a bit.”
âIn the Northwest I’m leading the pack, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to spend time with riders lower in order, so I’m looking forward to a different perspective at TT de l Isle of Man year as a newcomer.