Richard Quayle, and then Ian Lougher, powered Honda to double glory as the Isle of Man TT Racing Festival continued, taking the Japanese manufacturer's winning pedigree in the event to 115 since their first racing appearance on the Island back in 1959.

There was no doubting the most popular success of the day - Quayle, a Manxman, hailing from Colby, led throughout the four lap 400 Lightweight TT aboard his Honda CBR400RR, signalling his intent with a 110.30mph first lap of the 37.73 mile long Mountain Course to be running a comfortable 22 seconds clear of Jim Hodson.

Quayle, on course to become the first Manx winner on the TT since Neil Kelly's success, riding a Velocette in 1967, increased the pace, to be leading by half a minute at the half race pit-stop, and though Hodson pegged him back slightly over the final two laps, the victory was his, in a time of 1h 22m 52.0s, an average speed of 109.27mph.

"It was always my ambition to win a TT race, I never wanted to be a brain surgeon or anything like that, just to win," explained a delighted Quayle, who two years ago had finished second in the Production race, having also enjoyed double success in the Manx Grand Prix the previous year.

Yamaha rider Hodson finished 22 second down, ahead of Richard Britton (Kawasaki) with Honda riders Nigel Davies and David Madsen-Mygdal fourth and fifth.

Ian Lougher twice bettered his own lap record as he won the 125cc Ultra-Lightweight TT for a third time, increasing his winningp pedigree on the Island to four, and he needed that space to head off the challenge of fellow Honda rider James Crumpton who held that advantage over the first two laps.

Crumpton had a five seconds advantage after the opening lap, but Lougher was on the charge, powering his Lloyds TSB Honda to a remarkable second lap at 109.57mph, some 3.6 seconds inside his own five year old record to close within two seconds as they pitted for fuel.

Lougher really asserted himself as they charged back. He was 14 seconds faster than Crumpton on the third lap, and then amazed himself on his last dash around the Island as he again bettered the record, this time clocking 20m 32.4s, an average speed of 110.21mph as he took the victory by a little under nine seconds.

"I was bit surprised by my time on that last lap as I thought that I had eased off a bit because I was so far ahead. I had taken the first lap a bit carefully because there were some damp patches on the course, especially after the Ramsey Hairpin, where I had a couple of slides," said Lougher.

Honda riders packed the positions, Crumpton second, with pre-race favourite Robert Dunlop, chasing a fourth victory in the 125 class, having to settle for third best, just ahead of Chris Palmer, Garry Bennett and Alan Jackson.

No surprises in the 1000cc Production TT race, decided over three laps, with David Jefferies, the winner of Saturday's TT Formula 1 race, charging his Suzuki to victory some 15.5 seconds clear of his Suzuki team-mate Lougher, to take his eighth success on the Island.

Jefferies led throughout , taking charge on the second lap when he recorded an average speed of 124.31mph to finally shrug off Lougher's challenge, with his rival having an anxious moment at Hillberry when his bike pitched wildly out line.

Kiwi Bruce Anstey grabbed third place ahead of Jim Moodie and Iain Duffus with John McGuinness, who had only managed two practice laps aboard his 954 Honda Fireblade having to settle for sixth place, after a traumatic second lap.

"The fuel light came on at the Gooseneck, and the bike was misfiring at Creg-ny-baa and the engine actually cut-out at Governors, but I managed to re-start it, and get back to the pits," the Lancastrian explained.

Richard Britton, and the earlier winning hero Quayle, headed off Ulsterman Adrian Archibald who had to settle for a distant ninth place aboard his 954 Red Bull Honda Fireblade, after struggling with a loose right handlebar from early on the opening lap.

 

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