Seven times Isle of Man TT winner, Ian Lougher, has been crowned 2005 Duke Marketing Road Racer of the Year for a second time. 2002, the inaugural year of the championship, saw Welshman Lougher, being the first rider to lift the prestigious trophy.
The Duke Marketing Road Race Championship scheduled over twenty one meetings is held during the road race season in the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man, the points scored are based upon each individual event using a ranking system.
"I am absolutely delighted to have won this award for the second time. Championships aren't something I go flat out to try and win, and as I don't compete in as many of the eligible Duke Marketing championship road race meetings as some other riders, I didn't even consider I would be in the running, never mind be in contention to take the title. But it's a great feeling to win the award again. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team members for their hard work and total dedication and for the support of my team sponsors, without these people none of this would be possible." Ian said,
Peter Duke of Duke Marketing, presented Ian with the award to rapturous applause at the recent Motorcycle News Awards evening. The highly exclusive star studied event, hosted by WSB Presenter Suzi Perry and Motorcycle News editor Marc Potter was attended by many major players from the world of British motorcycling and racers from across the motorcycle racing spectrum.
Ian continued, "It is fabulous to see pure road racing getting recognition on such a massive platform and in front of many of the heavy weights of the British motorcycling industry. Much of the film footage used throughout the evening was taken from the pure road race events, the coverage was fantastic for road racing and proves that its popularity is certainly on the up."