2006 Isle Of Man TT Festival, practice day 5 - June 3rd 2006
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Lougher featured as the second faster rider in both the Superbike class and the supersport 600cc class on the final evening of practice in the 2006 Isle of Man TT. Buckley is going well, again knocking eight seconds of his personal best lap time in the Superbike class.
Saturday is the first race day with the Jester Interactive TT Superbike Playstation 2 game sponsored Superbike Race. It will be all to play for with six gruelling laps around the 37.75 mile per lap TT mountain circuit. Last years winner John McGuinness, will surely start as favourite to take the honours, but Lougher has been knocking on the door all week and with such a strong superbike from Stobart Motorsport, Lougher is determined to take his victory number eight in the first race of the 2006 TT. A late change in starting number for Guy Martin, means he moves from No.11 to No.1, which could work in Lougher's favour.
Lougher: "After the final practise we have got a really good set-up on the Honda superbike, the Stobart Motorsport squad have worked tirelessly to give me the best of everything so now its all up to me in the race on Saturday. I managed to get in two laps on the Team Black Horse Superstock machine, but we still have a few changes to make on the set-up to that machine, but we have another practice lap after the first superbike race"
Mark Buckley: " I put in my fastest lap of practice in the final session of practice week, so I am still learning and going forward. I can't wait for the first Superbike race on Saturday, although I won't be riding a full blown superbike, I'm riding the Team Black Horse Superstock Fireblade I am hoping for a good trip round. But I expect six laps at race pace will be pretty tough."
- 1: Anstey Suzuki 18.04.20 125.279mph
- 2: Lougher Honda 18.04.64 125.229mph
- 3:Hutchinson Kawasaki 18.05.89 125.08mph
- 4:Finnegan Honda 118.15.78 123.956 mph
- 1: McGuinness Honda 18.44.55 120.784mph
- 2: Lougher Honda 18.59.47 119.203mph
- 3: Parrett Yamaha 19.00.105 119.105mph
- 4: Donald Honda 119.01.02 119.041mph
Roads close at 12.15pm with the Jester Interactive Superbike TT race starting at 13.00hrs.