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Team ILR’s Loughlin Chats Prospective TT Debut

Like pretty much all competitors, prospective TT debutant Joe Loughlin has taken a philosophical, realistic approach to the cancellation of TT 2020.

Prior to TT 2020 been abandoned, Loughlin’s maiden Mountain Course exploration was set to see him tackle the Lightweight, Supersport races on S1-R Paton, YZF R6 Yamaha machinery.

Speaking about his decision to join this year the TT Races entry, Castleblayney’s Loughlin stated it was made easier given his new deal with Ian Lougher’s Mark Coverdale backed Team ILR squad.

“When I realised it was possible to go with a team like ILR, I knew it would be a great advantage with their knowledge of the circuit and the whole paddock set up.”

For all competitors learning the fabled, mythical Mountain Course takes some learning and it’s no different for the 2017 Irish Road Race Junior Support and Senior Support Champion.

Commenting about the sections on the 37 and three quarters mile long course, which thus far he has found challenging to get to grips with, Loughlin stated:

“I found the section from Sulby Bridge through to Ramsey tough to learn and I’d say it will be no different at speed.”

Loughlin went onto add that for TT 2020, he had no specific goals, just wanting to just enjoy his first TT experience and to do it as well as he could.

Given that his TT debut has now been put on hold, I was keen to find out how much he was looking forward to tackling the Mountain Course in 2021.

The multi Ulster GP rostrum finisher, commented:

“No point getting too excited. I was meant to do my first run round there in 2018 so it will happen when it’s going to happen. More experience the better going there I suppose.”

Words by Stevie Rial

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