«You’re not a real racer
until you’ve won
the tourist trophy»

Guy martin, eight-times second and seven-times third place on the Isle of Man

Ian Lougher (born 10 July 1963) is a British motorcycle racer. Famous for 9 motorcycle wins in the North West 200, 10 victories at the Isle of Man TT Races and 32 wins at the Southern 100 Races in his career. He was born in Cardiff. He took his first TT victory in the 1990 Lightweight TT in one of the closest races in TT history, winning by only 1.8 seconds from Steve Hislop. Lougher set a new race record and a lap record that wasn’t beaten for nine years.

Lougher enjoyed a near 30-year TT career between 1984 and 2013 which included ten race wins and a record 126 starts, and the most replicas awarded to a TT rider, before retiring after the 2013 Senior TT. However, the now 53-year-old continued to race on the TT Mountain Course in the Classic TT. Now Ian Lougher will return to the Isle of Man TT for the first time in three years to ride the Suter MMX 500 in the two top classes on the Mountain Course.

The International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race is a motorcycle sport event held annually on the Isle of Man TT for many years was and is the most prestigious and hardest motor-cycle race in the world and also seen as the ultimate test for competitors and machines alike. The TT was started 1907 on the St John's short course, which was 24 km long. The Snaefell Mountain (60,4km) course as we know it today was added in 1911. The first full mountain course race was won by Oliver Godfrey, with an average speed of 47.63mph.

The Isle of Man TT race was part of the FIM Motor Cycle Grand Prix between 1949 and 1976. Currently the lap record for the Senior TT class is 17 minutes and 3.567 seconds, at an average speed of 132.701 mph, set by John McGuinness during the 2015 race, with the highest speed of more than 325 km/h. There are five major classes: The two top classes Senior and Superbike with 6 lap-races, Superstock, Supersport and Lightweight. The TT is unique because it's a time trial event on public roads. Riders set off individually in ten-second intervals, which means they are racing against the clock and not necessarily the rider in front.