Michael Rutter will ride an HM Plant-prepared Superstock Honda at this year's Isle of Man TT, it has been confirmed.
Rutter, a winner of 26 British Superbike races and son of eight-time TT victor Tony, will take the place of Steve Plater, who ruled himself out action with a high-speed accident during the North West 200 earlier this month.
Rutter had already been scheduled to ride a privately-entered Honda in the Superbike and Senior TT races, but will upgrade to a factory-backed machine for the Superstock event.
“It's great to be joining the HM Plant Honda for the TT. I've got great memories from riding for them back in 2005 when we claimed third in the British Superbike Championship and also won a Superbike race at the North West 200.
“Me riding in this year's TT was becoming a bit questionable a few weeks ago due to lack of machinery, so I can't thank Honda and HM Plant enough for enabling me to compete in the Superstock class to replace Steve.
“The Fireblade and the HM Plant Honda team are the best out there so with that package my plan is to go out and try to secure a podium finish, for my own satisfaction and to also repay Honda and the sponsors for this opportunity.”
Rutter, who is currently fourth in the 2010 BSB standings riding the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati, will join Keith Amor and John McGuinness in the team, which commences with practice this weekend leading up to the races between 4th June to 11th June.