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Team ILR will renew their working relationship with Team Sandown in the 2017 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship paddock, a partnership that came close to taking the title last year. 

Team Sandown will run Dundrod's Robert Kennedy in the series on a new Kawasaki ZX-6R, with Team ILR owner/manager Ian Lougher once again on hand to set up suspension, mentor and advise Kennedy, as well as assisting in pit-lane and on the grid. 
In addition to this he will again make the Team ILR awning available as a base for the ambitious Northern Ireland team. 

A front runner in the Irish 600 Supersport Championship for the past couple of seasons, Kennedy will take in a full season in what is a new and exciting challenge for him. 

A mechanic by trade, Robert started off in schoolboy motocross, where he progressed to a high level before turning his attention to short circuit racing in 2009. 

In 2015 he competed at the Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod, and on what is essentially his home circuit, he scored two brilliant Top 10 places in the Supersport class on his RK Racing Yamaha R6 with an average speed of 125mph. 

It's this type of promise that has drawn him to the attention of Team Sandown who believe that Robert has shown his racing pedigree and is ready to challenge in the ultra-competitive Superstock 600 series, a support class of the British Superbike Championship. 

Robert took in a couple of British Championship meetings last year, just to test the water, and he sees the high standard of racing as something that can only serve to make him a better rider, and he cannot wait for the season to start. 

Team ILR owner/manager Ian Lougher: "I am really looking forward to working with Robert Kennedy (RK) this season and continuing Team ILR's collaboration with Team Sandown. Robert had a few BSB outings in the Supersport category last year where I helped him with his machine set-up, and he showed me he had the ability and determination to produce some decent results. Joining the Superstock 600 class I believe he could be a dark horse once he learns the circuits." 

Robert Kennedy: "I am so thankful for this opportunity to prove to myself that I can race with the top riders in the UK. And whilst I am under no illusions as to the challenge and big learning curve ahead, nevertheless I cannot wait to get the season underway. I am also very much looking forward to working with and learning from Ian Lougher, to say I am excited is an understatement. This wouldnít be possible without Team Sandown and my sponsors, without whom I would not be able to realise a dream." 

Team Sandown: "We're really looking forward to getting the season underway, and once again working with Ian and his team. We enjoyed our time together last year and we're sure this season will be no different. A big thanks to all the team sponsors that made this happen."

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With the new season fast approaching, Team ILR are pleased to announce their rider personnel for 2017.
Joining the team will be
Joey Thompson and Ozzy Madey, whilst Sam Laffins will avail of the experience and expertise of team manager Ian Lougher in a coaching capacity.


Joey Thompson will be in Team ILR colours for his second season in the highly competitive and exciting British Supersport Championship, a series that is a new venture for the team and one that will bring increased media exposure.

Joey cut his racing teeth in motocross before moving on to the tarmac at the age of 11 where he was very successful at Aprilia Superteen and 600cc Elite Club Championship level. Thompson finished ninth in the 2014 British Motostar Championship scoring points in nine races, with a sixth place at Oulton Park being a particular highlight.

Riding for Team ILR has also presented the 18 year old Yorkshire lad with the opportunity to make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races where he will rely on, and benefit greatly from, the presence of highly respected 10 times TT winner
Ian Lougher in his corner. 

Team ILR will run Thompson on a Kawasaki ZX-6R 
in the two four-lap Monster Energy Supersport races, where heíll be the youngest rider on the Glencrutchery Road at TT 2017.


Although he will be making his TT debut this year, nevertheless Thompson is no stranger to Oliverís Mount, Scarborough where he won all eight races he entered in 2016. He took the Stu Reed Lightweight Trophy, won in the past by Lougher, on a Moto 3 Honda as well as victory in the Phil Mellor Trophy race on a 250cc Yamaha. 
In addition to the Isle of Man TT and British Supersport Championship, Thompson will compete in the three big Oliverís Mount race meetings, beginning with the Spring Cup National Road Races in April, and he will also debut at the International North-West 200, all of which will be used as preparation for the TT.



Ozzy Madey from Douglas on the Isle of Man, will compete for the team in the BSB National Superstock 600 Championship.

The twenty-three old, is proving to be one of the Isle of Manís most promising young motorcycle racers.
Ozzy has had a keen interest in motorcycling from a very young age, initially starting his racing career at the age of 3 when his parents purchased a Malagutti 50cc motocross bike to ride around fields and circuits around the Island. After 2 years on the 50cc he moved up to an ex-factory Kawasaki KX60.
Although he loved the off-road discipline, at the time he and his parents decided to call an end to his racing until he was a bit older.

When he turned 12, he decided his future lay in road racing. After a lot of research Ozzy came to the conclusion that the best way of gaining the necessary experience to be ready for 125 racing would be minimoto racing.
In 2007 he received his first minimoto, a GRC 4.2 aircooled from Minimoto Racing Ltd at Hullavington, Wiltshire.
He raced it on the Island throughout 2007, failing to finish lower than 1st place all season out of the races that he competed in.

He competed in the Thundersport GB F400 Series in 2012, finishing second, and the following year he went one better to claim the title. 
After several wildcard appearances in 2015, Ozzy raced in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in 2016, where he learned a lot and improved with every outing,
 and he goes into this season determined to build on his progress from last year.





Schoolboy Sam Laffins hails from Dromara Co. Down, home of the famous Dromara Destroyers, and in 2017 Sam will compete in the KTM 390 RC Cup Series.
Sam only began racing in June 2016 in the 300 Production Class, and his progress in such a short space of time has been impressive.

At the Neil Robinson Memorial at Kirkistown in July he registered two third place finishes.
Then in September at the Davy Wood Memorial, on his first visit to Bishopscourt, he had a second and a first place to his credit with a fastest lap of the race thrown in for good measure.

He finished 2016 on a high at the Sunflower Trophy races where he was second in the first Junior Cup race with a new lap record for the class, and winning the second race.
He also finished second in the Belfast and District Motor Club Junior Cup Championship.


Laffins will be under the mentorship of Ian Lougher in 2017, and it's a move that will only serve to further enhance his growing reputation and racing career. 



Team ILR owner/manager Ian Lougher:
"The 2017 season is looming fast and I'm delighted to be moving forward with our plans, and pleased to be able to announce that Team ILR are keeping with the ethos of bringing on new riders who necessarily don't have the huge budgets, but have the talent.
It's good to see that for 2017 we have a couple of hungry riders who really want to get out there and get stuck in. They are all obviously very young (especially Sam) and on a massive learning curve, but hopefully with a lot of determination and willpower they can achieve their goals with us.
For Joey tackling the TT for the first time is no mean feat, but he has the right attitude towards it, and he knows this year is to go and enjoy it and chip away at it during the fortnight steadily bringing his times down
He's been over to the Isle of Man regularly driving around the circuit and generally doing his homework on the place, so we'll see how he gets on with it."


Joey Thompson:
"I am really looking forward to joining Team ILR, I think the team has a very good set-up and has the knowledge and experience to give me the best opportunity to do well.
I am happy to have Ian helping me on the roads as well, and i think the experience of a 10-times TT winner will help me a lot!
I can't wait to get stuck into the British Supersport Championship and see if we can get some good results.
Thanks to Ian and Team ILR for giving me the opportunity, and another thank-you to all my family and personal sponsors 
for making this possible.
See you at Round 1." 


Ozzy Madey:
"I'm really looking forward to working with Ian and his team. I feel that the knowledge, and in particular the rider development training Ian is able to offer, is something that I sorely missed last season.
The obvious aim for me this year is to become a regular top 10 finisher at least by the mid-way point in the season, and finish the year with good momentum to carry into 2018, when I move up to a Superstock 1000 machine.


Sam Laffins:
"I only began racing last June and to have a legend in the sport like
Ian Lougher coaching me this year is brilliant, and it goes with the ethos of Team ILR bringing on new talent into the sport!! It has really given me confidence and encouragement for 2017 and I can't wait for the season to start.
Thanks to Ian and my family as well as my sponsors
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Next Event
March 22nd.
BSB Test.



''I really respect Ian and his guys, not only for their success on the track, but for the friendly reception and countless cups of coffee and biscuits afforded over the years whenever I have shown up at their garage.
I am sure that their success will continue.''

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Graham Ravensdale
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BSB Championships Round 12: Brands GP
BSB Championships Round 10: Donington Park
BSB Championships Round 9: Oulton Park
BSB Championships Round 8: Cadwell Park
BSB Championships Round 7: Brands Hatch GP

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Brands Hatch (Indy)
BSB Championships Round 2: Oulton Park
Suter MMX 500 First Test: ASC Vairano Circuit
Bob Smith Spring Cup: Oliver's Mount
BSB Championships Round 1: Silverstone
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