The 2006 Isle of Man TT Festival got underway on Saturday 27th May, the first extended solo session of 2006 took place in dry but extremely blustery conditions.
For Team Black Horse rider Mark Buckley, the 2006 Isle of Man TT is his inaugural visit to the world famous motorcycling event and as a newcomer, Mark is welcoming the advice of team mate and seven times Isle of Man TT winner and lap record holder, Ian Lougher.
At little after 18.15 hrs the Newcomers session kicked off the 2006 Isle Of Man TT races under guidance from the experienced TT course travelling marshals, Mark Buckley successfully completing the supervised lap onboard the Team Black Horse superstock Fireblade.
Keen to take advantage of the dry conditions, Lougher got away early in the following solo session on the Stobart Motorsport Honda Superbike, initially, the Welshman put in one lap of the 37.73 mile mountain circuit before returning the machine to the paddock to make some changes to the suspension set-up. While technicians worked on the Stobart Motorsport Superbike, Lougher put in his first and only lap of the evening on the Team Black Horse Honda Fireblade Superstock machine.
After returning to refuel, Buckley continued to circulate steadily on the Team Black Horse Honda Fireblade Superstock bike, before changing to the Team Black Horse Supersport Honda CBR600RR machine, on which he rode until the close of the session.
At the conclusion of the first evening of solo practice, Lougher had completed four laps in total, posting the fourth fastest time of the night on the Stobart Motorsport Superbike at 19.12.40, his single superstock lap with a time of 19.57.30 was the 9th quickest of the evening.
Ian Lougher :- "Considering the conditions I am happy with our progress on the first night of practice. We concentrated on the Superbike as its an unknown quantity around the TT, but we have already got a good feeling from the machine and I am confident of increasing the pace throughout practice week. We obviously have a good set up for the Superstock machine from 2005 and although we only got one lap in on the bike it felt good. Monday night again we aim to put in a more laps on the Stobart Motorsport Superbike and also qualify the Team Black Horse Supersport 600"
Mark Buckley :- " It's my first time here at the TT and its proving to be a massive learning curve for me but I'm pleased with the way I'm learning the circuit so far. I managed to get three laps in on the Team Black Horse Superstock machine and one lap on the Supersport and I am really looking forward to Monday nights practice session"
- 1: McGuinness Honda 122.01mph
- 2: Hutchinson Kawaski 118.26 mph
- 3: Martin Yamaha 118.02 mph
- 4: Lougher Honda 117.86 mph
- 1: Anstey Suzuki 120.54 mph
- 2: Martin Yamaha 118.57
- 3: Griffiths Yamaha 116.88
- 4: Palmer Yamaha 116.76
- 1: Hutchinson Kawasaki 120.16mph
- 2: Archibald Suzuki 118.73mph
- 3: Anstey Suzuki 116.33mph
- 4: Finnegan Honda 115.49