TEAM ILR boss Ian Lougher has released a statement addressing the gossip floating about the North West 200 paddock this week regarding the Paton Supertwin.
The eight-time NW200 winner, whose rider Joey Thompson bagged a maiden podium finish in last night’s 650cc twin battle, hit back at both competitors and commentators who he believes made false allegations against the unique bike.
Lougher’s statement reads:
“There were some comments made by one of the other riders on the rostrum that the Paton ‘wasn’t a proper twin machine’. Also there were comments made that ‘the machine costs 75,000 pounds and if any one of the other riders were on this bike then they would have cleared off.’
“The S1R is a fully homologated machine and produced in Italy by the long established and well respected Paton company. To be homologated, they have had to produce a certain amount of bikes as a road machine.
“They achieved this in 2014 – once they did this, they produced a tuned-engine version of the bike and raced it at the Isle of Man several times before finally winning the TT race with Michael Rutter in 2017.
“As far as the cost of the bike is concerned, anyone can order and buy one for 35,000 pounds. This sounds a lot of money, but bear in mind that most of the top bikes in this class are already costing this sort of money and some of them have cost more.”
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