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Glenn Ir­win is the highest pro­file rookie in the 2016 BSB se­ries. The 26-yearold North­ern Ir­ish rider has not just made the jump from rac­ing in the Su­pers­port cham­pi­onship on Gear Link Kawasakis but he is also un­der­study to Shakey Byrne in the PBM/BE Wiser Du­cati squad.

Mak­ing the tran­si­tion from a 600cc Kawasaki to the 220bhp V-twin Du­cati Pani­gale will be a mas­sive chal­lenge for Ir­win but he says he wants to learn from his vastly ex­pe­ri­enced team-mate.

“I have asked Shakey if I can spend more time be­hind him and he has said it is no prob­lem,” Ir­win ex­plained.

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Last sea­son was an im­por­tant learn­ing year for Buchan as he made his first full-time step up to the pre­miere class which saw the young­ster prov­ing he was fast enough to cut it in Bri­tish Su­per­bikes. Helped by a stint at PBM af­ter his Be Wiser Kawasaki team folded and now, un­der the wing of Moto Rapido Du­cati boss Steve Moore, he’s got an op­por­tu­nity to do good things in 2016 if he can main­tain that con­sis­tency. Buchan says the 2015 sea­son taught him plenty about race craft and that will stand him in good stead when the ac­tion kicks off.

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