Lougher joins John Chapman Racing


Ian Lougher will compete in this year’s Senior Classic TT race on-board a 500cc MV Agusta Triple, run by the John Chapman Racing team.

Lougher has been prominent in the class since the inaugural Classic TT and took the 2014 race on a 500cc Paton, despite incurring a pit lane speeding penalty.

He continued his impressive form last year, lapping at 111.523mph, just outside the class lap record, and was on course to repeat his victory but for another speeding violation in the pit lane which dropped him down the order to eighth place.

Once again though he fought back, tearing his way back through the field to take second place at the chequered flag.

Looking ahead to this year’s race , Lougher said: “I am delighted to be riding for John Chapman Racing at the Classic TT on a bike that should be as good as anything else in the race.

“MV Agusta is the most iconic brand of motorcycle when it comes to the TT Course and I am honoured to get a chance to ride one built to the same spec that legends such as Giacomo Agostini rode back in the 60’s and 70’s.”

Chapman has previously fielded Gary Johnson in the race but for 2016, he has decided to enter Lougher in the four-lap race with the team campaigning the all-new MV Agusta machine.

The Italian manufacturer took the race win at last year’s event in the hands of Dean Harrison and Chapman, who’s been committed to the MV marque for many years, is now hoping that it’s his team’s turn for victory.

The machine Lougher will ride is a perfect copy of the three-cylinder MV Agusta GP 500 that last contested GPs in 1974.

When Italian legend Agostini saw the bike, he immediately ordered one for himself and rode the bike in the parade lap back at the 2012 Isle of Man TT.

Keep checking The Checkered Flag for all the latest news from the 2016 Classic TT.