GO­ING IN WITH­OUT YOUR HAT ON

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Was great to see your road tester Michael Rut­ter per­form so well at the Ma­cau Grand Prix. That ride was one of the most im­pres­sive that I’ve seen from him this year, which let’s face it, has been a wel­come come­back for the vet­eran.

Me and my mates have al­ways been big fans of The Blade, but be­fore this year we all thought it was get­ting over­due for him to hang up his hel­met. We were wrong. He fin­ishes 2016 with podi­ums at the NW200 and Ma­cau, a fourth at the TT, wins in some Ger­man road races and a fourth over­all in Na­tional Su­per­stock, in­clud­ing a win. Not bad for a 44-year-old!

We all loved his cel­e­bra­tion, too: the hel­met-less lap of Ma­cau was a re­ally cool ges­ture, and I hope he still goes back next year. It made me laugh. There’s all kinds of shenani­gans that hap­pen in Ma­cau, but the last thing I’d want to do there is a hot, sweaty ride on any­thing if I wasn’t wear­ing pro­tec­tion. If you know what I mean...

Here’s to an­other good few years of rac­ing for Michael Rut­ter. Keep do­ing it for the mid­dle-aged blokes! Mark White­house Cheers Mark, it’s been a top year – I al­ways knew the speed was still there, I just needed have some con­sis­tency in the right team for it all to work. I know and love the bikes, too. I do wish I hadn’t let win­ner Peter Hick­man into my team, though, the fast young bas­tard! MR

ids: don t do any­thing risky with­out pro­tec­tion

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