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2007 Ulster Grand Prix kicks off today

Pure road racing heads to Northern Ireland

PRACTICE sessions for the 2007 Ulster GP start today.

The Dundrod Circuit in Northern Ireland again pays host to the Dundrod 150 and Ulster Grand Prix pure road race events. Combined, for the first time in 2004, the events slot together to produce a three day motorcycle festival.

Starting from 1pm on Wednesday the 15th of August, continuing again from 9am on Thursday the 16th of August is practice and qualifying for the Ulster Grand Prix, with the Dundrod 150 Road Races getting underway in the afternoon of Thursday the 16th of August. The festivities culminating in an action packed day of road racing for the International Ulster Grand Prix on Saturday 18th August.

Team Black Horse Manager and rider, Ian Lougher, is the undisputed "King of Dundrod" with twelve Ulster Grand Prix titles to date.

Lougher will be contesting in the two Supersport 600 races onboard the highly competitive Team Black Horse Honda CBR600RR machine, and also the Team Black Horse Superstock Honda Fireblade. While for the three main Superbike races, Lougher will be mounted on the familar green livery of the Stobart Motorsport - Vent Axia Honda Superbike.

Ian will also be campaigning in the 125cc event, on the Matt Jackson's Honda RS125, a race which so far in his career he has never won, but with the Jackson Honda proving to be up for the job the Welshman is determined to taste victory in the smaller capacity class this year.

Lougher said: "The Dundrod circuit is definitely one of my favourite circuits, it is in my view, a true 'riders' circuit. It's extremely fast and flowing, which suits my style of riding and is also a highly technical circuit. The combination of high speed and technical corners guarantees the event never fails to produce sensational motorcycle racing.

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