‘I used my su­per­stock bike to fin­ish fifth!’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Vet­eran Michael Rut­ter brought his 2017 TT to a close with a fine fin­ish in the Se­nior on the Bathams SMT BMW.

That per­for­mance was the fi­nal act in a good week for the 45-year-old that saw him take vic­tory in the Light­weight race on the Pa­ton, his first TT win on a petrol bike since 1998. He also had a fifth place in the Su­per­stock race and a sixth in the Su­per­bike event.

“I was re­ally strug­gling with the gear-change in the first start so the red flag did me a favour and I was able to change bikes and jump on to my reg­u­lar su­per­stock bike that I use on the short cir­cuits,” Rut­ter ex­plained af­ter the Se­nior.

A fi­nal lap of 131.709mph saw him fin­ish less than a sec­ond be­hind James Hil­lier’s Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

Smooth and spec­tac­u­lar, Rut­ter gets faster with age...

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