Ireland’s Glenn Irwin will switch from Ducati to Kawasaki power in the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike series as he replaces Leon Haslam in the JG Speedfit team.
Irwin, currently third-equal in the title chase, will benefit from the team’s close relationship with the KRT WorldSBK outfit and a brand-new version of the ZX-10RR.
“I’m over the moon. I feel like I’ve served my apprenticeship in the BSB now and moving back to Kawasaki after some successful times in Supersport is the perfect opportunity,” said Irwin.
“Also hearing the enthusiasm from the top at Kawasaki about me signing for them is worth its weight in gold. I thrive on that and I look forward to being in that environment.
“I can’t wait for my first ride of the new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR. Also, I’m looking forward to learning from my new team given their experience and success over the past three seasons.
“I started paying close attention to the new 2019 Ninja ZX-10RR when the conversations began with Kawasaki. I believe the chassis is phenomenal and it will be a bike that can be ridden hard. The engine was already strong, so with the updated engine we should have even more power and an even better handling bike.
“You only need to look at what the current bike has done, so it will be nice to jump on a proven package with some upgrades that will make the new model even better.”
The first test session for Irwin and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team is planned for November, where they will be dialling in the new Ninja that features an array of enhancements over the previous model, including finger follower valve actuation and titanium connecting rods.
There will be no time to rest for the Kawasaki outfit based out of Bournemouth. Irwin’s new Superbike will be built immediately after the end of this year’s BSB Championship where Kawasaki and the team’s current rider, Leon Haslam hope to be crowned Champions in a just a few weeks’ time.