Ian Lougher took a hard fought 2nd place rostrum finish in the first of two superbike events at the Isle of Man TT festival, this the twenty fifth appearance on the TT winners podium for the Welshman.
Sponsored by Jester Interactive, the first Superbike race kicked off a packed motorcycling schedule for race week of the 2006 Isle of Man TT festival. Regarded as the main feature races events of the festival, both superbike races run over six laps of the gruelling Isle of Man mountain course.
Lougher's total race time for the full race distance of 226 miles being 1 hour 49 minutes and 11 seconds, averaging 124mph onboard the Stobart Motorsport Honda Fireblade machine.
For Buckley, his first TT race was going well, lapping consistently at over 118mph average per lap, Unfortunately Buckley's race came to a premature end at Ballacraine on the final lap when he overshot the corner and was unable to stop before the colliding with the airfencing, causing a low speed tumble off the Team Black Horse Superstock machine. Luckily Buckley was unhurt and with only cosmetic damage to the machine he was keen to get back onboard and complete the six laps but sadly the TT rules prohibit a fallen rider from remounting and he was forced to watch the remainder of the race from sidelines.
Ian Lougher: " The Stobart Motorsport team have built a fabulous TT machine for me and I would have dearly loved to have given them a TT win. Although I rode hard for the entire race, McGuinness put in an absolutely awesome lap from a standing start demolishing the existing lap record. Despite my best efforts I was busy dicing with Ian Hutchinson on the road and although I was 12 seconds ahead of Hutchy on corrected time, having ride defensively to keep him behind me meant McGuinness was able to gain valuable seconds here and there each lap. We still have another Superbike race at the end of the week and I fully intend to take victory, a first in the prestigious superbike class for both myself and Stobart Motorsport and Paul Bird squad.
Mark Buckley: " What a disappointment, it's a huge shame that I didn't get my first TT race finish. I was lapping as best newcomer at almost 119mph, so I am pleased with my race performance and am looking foward to the Superstock TT race on Monday.
Jester Interactive Superbike TT:
- 1: J McGuinness HM Plant Honda
- 2: I Lougher Stobart Motorsport Honda
- 3: I Hutchinson Mcadoo Kawasaki
- 4: M Finnegan Alpha Boilers Honda
The Scottish Lifer International Superstock race gets underway on Monday 5th June at 10.45am - roads close at 10.00am.