Team ILR (Ian Lougher Racing) with Mark Coverdale TT 2020 challenge sees them link up with a mix of overseas stars and leading next generation roads talents.
As in recent years, Masayuki Yamanaka is set to be Japan’s sole solo class TT competitor, piloting ZX6R, ER6 Kawasaki machinery within the Supersport, Lightweight races.
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2015 Newcomers C Manx GP runner-up, the affable, hugely respected Yamanaka has established himself over the past five years as one of his nations modern day pure road racing greats.
Fellow overseas International roads star Stefano Bonetti, like Sagamihara’s Yamanaka is one of his home nations undoubted modern era roads heroes.
North West 200 winner, Senior Classic TT runner-up in 2019, ‘Bonny’s stock has risen and some this year and he’s certain to be a contender for a podium placing in next June’s Lightweight TT, piloting again Paton’s fabled S1-R steed.
Joining Italy’s fastest TT racer in jockeying Paton machinery at TT 2020 will be none other than Junior, Lightweight Manx GP lap record holder James Hind.
Since his supreme form from last August’s competitive action, various racing insiders have been tipping him as a future International roads, TT front runner.
Rapid pace wise, carrying a calm, cool temperament, possessing accomplished race craft, he has all the components needed to enjoy a long successful TT Races career.
It’s a notion you can also apply to upcoming TT newcomer Joe Loughlin. As revealed in September by Road Racing News, the Castleblayney racer who is also North West 200 bound in 2020, maiden TT expedition sees him pilot Paton, YZF R6 Yamaha steeds.
Equally proficient on Supersport, Super Twin mounts, there’s no question that he has the core roads guile, proven ability to give an accomplished account of himself at TT 2020, which takes place in 159 days time!
Words by Stevie Rial