Team Black Horse Manager and rider, Ian Lougher, is the undisputed "King of Dundrod" with twelve Ulster Grand Prix titles to date. 2005, saw Lougher again taking the "Man of the Meeting" Award after his hatrick of race wins, and Ian is determined to increase his win tally further in 2006.
For team mate Mark Buckley this is only his second return to the 7.4 mile course, and having taken the "Best Newcomer" Award in 2005, Mark is keen to give a good account of himself again this year.
Both riders will be contesting the two Supersport 600 races onboard the highly competitive Team Black Horse Honda CBR600RR machines.
Buckley will ride the Team Black Horse Honda Fireblade in both the Superstock and Superbike events.
While For the three main Superbike races, Lougher will be mounted on the Stobart Motorsport Honda Fireblade, the machine on which he finished in 2nd place at the Isle of Man TT.
However, in a surprising change, Lougher has opted to race a Honda 250 in both 250cc races. This special deal put together only for the Ulster Grand Prix, will see the Welshman onboard the German based, Racing Blood 250GP machine, which will be displaying the Black Horse Motorcycle Finance Ltd corporate logos. Ian also starts in the 125cc event, on the Mannin Collections, Lloyds TSB International Bank backed Honda RS125, a race which so far in his career he has never won.
Lougher: " I really enjoy competing at the Ulster Grand Prix, it is in my view a total " riders" circuit. It's tremendously fast and flowing, which suits my style of riding. It is also a very technical circuit, which when combined with the high speed, guarantees the event never fails to produce sensational motorcycle racing. I believe if the fastest lap speed is increased by just 0.6 of a second this year, the Dundrod circuit will reclaim it's title as the fastest road race circuit in the world. So we'll just have to see how things work out, unfortunately the weather can sometimes be rather unforgiving at Dundrod. "
Buckley: " It was my first time at the Ulster Grand Prix last year and although the practice sessions were disrupted due to bad weather, I just seemed to gel with the circuit and come race day, although its a big circuit to learn, I knew where I was going and the races went brilliantly for me. Ending with me getting the Best Newcomer Award. Although this year I have a step up from the Support Class, I feel I am riding better machinery this year, and I'm definitely excited and confident of coming away with some good results under my belt."