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Ulster Grand Prix: Ian Lougher prepares for final race at Dundrod

'When your body gets older it's difficult to put it all together in a race, even though my mind's as sharp as ever' - Ian Lougher
Ian Lougher is set to compete in his final race at the Ulster Grand Prix before retiring at the end of the season.

The Welsh rider is the second most successful rider ever at the event with 17 wins compared to Joey Dunlop's benchmark of 24 victories.

Lougher, who has a section of the Dundrod circuit named in his memory, claimed the runner-up spot last year in the Superstock race behind Michael Dunlop as he showed he still remains a podium contender at the international road race.

Reflecting on his rostrum finish last year, Lougher said: “Michael's time in practice was phenomenal – I think he was almost as quick, if not quicker than he was on his Superbike.

“I remember thinking there was no way I was going to beat that and when Michael came past in the race I just thought I'd do my own thing.

“I was happy enough with second but when your body gets older it's difficult to put it all together in a race, even though my mind's as sharp as ever.

“I was racing a 23-year-old and plus I'd been driving all night to get to the Ulster Grand Prix from a British championship round,” he added.

“Fitness is another factor as well and I don't have the same time for that now that I'm running my own team.”

Lougher, who runs the ILR Kawasaki outfit in the National Superstock 1000 Championship, will ride Honda machines in the Superbike and Supersport classes in addition to his Kawasaki ZX-10 Superstock bike.

He also lines up as favourite in the 125cc race, which will run concurrently with the Supertwin 650 and 250cc machines.

The 50-year-old confirmed his plans to retire at the Isle of Man TT in June following the death of Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita in practice, who previously rode for Lougher at the event.

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Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
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