MOTORBIKES: Glenn Irwin will not compete at North West 200 or Ulster Grand Prix

East Antrim rider Glenn Irwin. INLT 08-916-CON

East Antrim rider Glenn Irwin. INLT 08-916-CON

East Antrim rider Glenn Irwin will not compete at this year’s North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix road races.

The Be Wiser Ducati British Superbikes star had bikes lined up for both events but when team boss Paul Bird said his team wouldn’t be competing on roads this year -instead concentrating on the BSB series - Irwin’s aspirations came to a halt.

“I understand and respect Paul’s decision on the roads but I do hope to be racing at the events in the near future,” Irwin said. “For the forthcoming season I will be totally focused on doing my best in British Superbikes and aiming at least for the end-of-season top six showdown.”

It’s a blow for the two road race meetings as Irwin is a big draw. He was on the podium at both the North West and Ulster GP in 2015.