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Ian Lougher

With a motorcycle racing career stretching back to 1982, the vastly experienced Welshman is something of a legend in his chosen profession.

Among his many achievements are 10 Isle of Man TT wins, 8 International North West 200 titles (the only rider to win the 125cc race five years in succession round the 'Triangle' circuit), 18 Ulster Grand Prix victories, 34 Southern 100 (Isle of Man) race wins, the outright circuit win record of race wins at Oliver's Mount, England's only 'pure'road race track.

He also holds the record for TT replicas presented to any TT racer in the history of the event, and 2010 saw him go to the line for his 100th TT start, a figure which has risen since then.

In the past few years Ian has successfully combined his own racing career with that of team owner-manager of Team ILR, a challenging role which he both relishes and enjoys immensely.

Retirement in 2013 from full-time racing allowed Ian even more time to focus on team management, however he is still a force at the selected events he competes at.
2016 saw Ian come out of TT retirement to race the Suter MMX 500 and spearhead the renowned motorcycle company's exciting Isle of Man TT project on what proved to be one of the most talked about bikes at the famous festival, and in 2018 Lougher has again been entrusted with this role by Suter. 

On the premier domestic championship scene, Ian will again take his highly respected Team ILR into the BSB paddock in 2018 where, in keeping with the team's ethos, three talented young riders will continue to benefit immensely from his experience.  





Joey Thompson 
To say that Joey Thompson was a revelation in 2017 is something of an understatement. 
In his first full season 'between the hedges' and on mostly new circuits, the young Yorkshire rider took the road racing scene by storm with a Dundrod 150 win and the accolade of best newcomer (and fastest ever 600 newcomer) at the Ulster Grand Prix being particular highlights. 

Thompson fought back from a bad crash at Oulton Park to astound followers of the sport by being on the grid for his Gold Cup debut shortly afterwards. 

Despite this he knows the importance of riding within his limits on the roads, something that team owner-manager Ian Lougher will instill further into his young charge. 

"Safety is always the most important thing, I never ride uncomfortably on the road. If I scare myself with a moment I'll sit up. 
As long as I'm safe and winning races then happy days, but I wouldn't ride out of my skin to win races.

Ian Lougher is probably one of the most sensible racers there is, and the only time he's ever had crashes is when he's trying to win from second where the risk is necessary. 
That's where you take risks.


But you see people crashing out of 25th and you just think, 'bring it home mate, there's no need,  just have a go next year.'

Joey will be a busy lad in 2018 with the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT, the Ulster GP, Oliver's Mount, and selected rounds of the British Supersport Championship penicilled in for starters. 





Robert Kennedy
Following a season in the National Superstock 600 Championship, Robert Kennedy takes on a new challenge in 2018 as he prepares to compete in the British Supersport Championship. 

Robert's 2017 season was blighted at times by an incredible run of bad luck which would have tested the mettle of many riders, but Robert dug deep to put in some fine performances which will carry him into the 2018 season in a confident frame of mind.

The Dundrod mechanic is no stranger to the Supersport class having been to the forefront of the Irish 600 Supersport Championship in past seasons.

Kennedy made his short circuit back in 2009 and demonstrated a willingness to take on the roads when he competed in the Ulster Grand Prix in 2015, coming away from his home circuit with two impressive 10th place finishes in the Supersport class and lapping at 125mph.



Ian Lougher
Team ILR Owner/Manager

 

Joey Thompson
British Supersport Championship
North-West 200
Isle of Man TT
Scarborough and selected road races

Robert Kennedy
British Supersport Championship