Former British MXGB Champion Graeme Irwin will contest the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series in 2019 after retiring from the dirt over winter.
Irwin suffered several serious injuries during his MXGP and British career, so called it a day but has decided to follow brothers Glenn and Andrew on to the track, and will ride alongside Eunan McGlinchey in the Kawasaki UK-backed Team 109.
“Although it feels really strange that my motocross career is finished and I have a new adventure ahead, it’s great to have such fantastic support all around me and I’m enjoying the zero pressure attitude that everyone has,” said Irwin.
“I want to have fun racing again and Kawasaki have allowed that to happen. At the start of the year I am expecting to be a little off pace until I find my feet, but I plan to make improvements with every race. It’s all new to me, race tracks, road bikes and knees down but I can’t wait to get racing for Team 109 Kawasaki in April.”
Graeme is the third of the Irwin brothers to switch to tarmac racing with both Andrew and Glenn already turning wheels in the British Superbike Championship. Glenn, who will also be racing a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR in this year’s series said: “While I was gutted to see Graeme’s Motocross career end, Graeme has always been a highly talented and professional rider and we knew we had to get him onto a road bike.
“Due to my new relationship with Kawasaki UK and the recent success of the Ninja ZX-10RR, we mutually decided that Kawasaki and the Team 109 Kawasaki squad was the best combination for him to move forward. I’m very proud to be a part of Graeme’s new journey.”