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TT 2013: Rutter: 'I never expected to beat McGuinness'
6 June 2013
Michel Rutter said he never expected to beat John McGuinness in the TT Zero race 'in a million years' following his third straight victory in the clean emissions race this week.
The British Superbike stalwart upped the lap for the TT Zero class to 109.675mph and went through the speed trap at Sulby at 142.2mph to finish the one-lap race around the 37.73-mile circuit over one minute faster than his race time from a year ago.
Rutter's win on the American MotoCzysz machine denied McGuinness, who was riding the new Japanese Mugen Shinden, his 20th TT victory by 1.67 seconds.
McGuiness had looked set to claim the victory as he led by five seconds at Ramsey, but Rutter closed the gap over the Mountain to snatch a narrow win.
Rutter said: “It's awesome to beat John on that Mugen because I never thought I'd win it in a million years.
“We've done it and it's fantastic for the team and all the sponsors. Fair play to Mugen, they have a beautiful bike there and it was close.”
McGuinness was bitterly disappointed to lose out by such a small margin at the end.
“I rode my heart out on the bike but I don't know what to say because there's no way Michael rode around the corners any faster than me, that's a fact.
“I'm pretty sore really.”
Robert Barber, the 2009 race winner, took the final podium place on the Ohio State University machine, with a lap at 90.403mph.
Rutter's American MotoCzysz team-mate, Mark Miller, retired at Ballaugh Bridge with a broken gearbox.
George Spence on the Kingston University bike was next to finish the race, followed by Chris McGahan on the Vercarmoto at 83.857mph.
Ian Lougher, who announced that he is to retire from road racing earlier this week, paid tribute to Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita by finishing sixth on the Komatti Mirai.
Matsushita was tragically killed during a crash in practice.
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