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Lougher Returns to MGP 17 May 2006

Seven-times TT winner Ian Lougher is to make a comeback to the Manx Grand Prix.

The Dromara-based Welshman has entered the 350cc and 500cc classes of the Classic events, where he will ride John Davies twin-cylinder Hondas.

He last competed in the MGP in 1989 when he failed to finish the Senior Classic on a G50 Matchless. Success had come in his debut when he finished third in the 1983 Junior Newcomers' race behind future TT winners Robert Dunlop and Steve Hislop, all riding Yamahas.

But the popular veteran Lougher can claim classic machine success on the TT Course - he was second to Dave Roper on Matchlesses in the 1984 Historic TT - the only time such a class was ever run.

Since then he has regularly competed in the TT, and this year is down to ride for Paul Bird's Eddie Stobart semi-works Honda team, having finished second to John McGuinness in last year's Senior TT, setting a fastest lap of 126.49mph, the seventh fastest overall.

Speaking of his forthcoming MGP ride, he says:

"I'm hoping to adapt quickly to the classic machines and be competitive!"

Another former TT winner entered in this year?s Manx Grand Prix is 24 year-old ground worker Daniel Sayle, of Ballaugh, Isle of Man. He will make his solo debut on a 125cc Honda in the Newcomers' race. He was passenger to 10-times TT winner Dave Molyneux when they won the second race of the Sidecar TT last year and broke the 20-minute barrier by lapping at over 116mph. They then went their separate ways and Molyneux is to reunite with Craig Hallam for this year's TT where their machinery will be an HM Plant-backed semi-works DMR Honda. Dave will also ride a George O'Dell 750cc four-cylinder Yamaha replica outfit in the TT Classic Lap of Honour, with O'Dell's former passenger Kenny Arthur in the chair.

Former MGP winners entered for this year include John Goodall (1983 Senior Classic), Bud Jackson (1986 Junior and 1991, 1995 and 1998 Lightweight Classic), Samuel Dunlop (2005 125 Newcomers), Barry Davidson (2002 250 Newcomers), Barry Wood (1999 and 2000 Lightweight Classic) and Ewan Hamilton (2005 Lightweight Classic).

Foreign competitors entered include Alex Tori-Mori (USA), Willi Biscaini (Switzerland), Peter Lauterbach and Jochen Trockel (Germany), Erwan Erkelens (France) and Paul Dobbs (New Zealand). There are 29 competitors from the Isle of Man.

Top-notch riders down to compete include Alan and Andy Jackson, Alan Oversby and Steve Linsdell, the latter again due to ride the 500cc Italian Paton on which he led last year's Senior Classic before striking mechanical trouble.

At present, there are 407 entries from 232 individual competitors, with the Junior race the best-patronised with 91. So far there are no entries for the Newcomers' B section, but 18 in the other two classes.

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