Lougher itching to get out on Suter 500

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The Swiss built Suter two stroke that Ian Lougher will race in this year's TT has arrived on the Island today.

Two of the 588cc V4s and four crew members made the 27 hour journey from Zurich and the bikes are now being prepared for the Welsh veteran to ride in Monday evening's practice session. 

"I can't wait to get out there on it," the 52 year old smiled.

"It is a proper racing bike rather than a road bike converted for racing. We tested it in Italy a month ago and again at Brno two weeks ago. It felt good and it felt fast but we won't know how it will work at the TT until we get out there."

The ten times TT winner has come out of retirement to ride the stroker after being approached by team boss Eskil Suter. A two stroke specialist throughout his 30 year career, Lougher says the Suter's low weight and agility should suit both him and the TT course.

"I don't think it will be the engine's straight line speed that will be the bike's strong point." he says.

"It's ability to turn at high speed will be the trump card and should suit an old fellow like me!" 

A road going version of the Suter will go on sale next year at a cost of £90,000 each.

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Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer