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Rutter enters Supertwins TT race for KMR Kawasaki

'Having four bikes on the grid at the North West and three at the TT is a big undertaking so I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew' - Ryan Farquhar
Michael Rutter will compete in the Supertwins class at the Isle of Man TT in June for top Northern Ireland rider Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki team.

Rutter had been in talks with Farquhar over the possibility of also riding in the class on an ER6 at the North West 200 in May, but multiple Irish short circuit champion Kirk Jamison will instead join Farquhar, ex-Grand Prix hero Jeremy McWilliams and former British Junior Superstock 600 champion Jamie Hamilton in the KMR team at the international road race.

At the TT, Rutter will go head to head with fellow winners in the reintroduced Lightweight event, including Michael Dunlop, Cameron Donald, Adrian Archibald and Ian Lougher.

Rutter is competing in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this year for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team.

Speaking about the line-up, Farquhar said: “It's great to have two more riders added to the team and it gives us a great chance of honours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

"Having someone of the stature of Michael in the team is a terrific honour as he's one of the finest road racers of his generation and it will give the team a great chance of succeeding in the Lightweight TT.

“To be able to have riders like Michael and Jeremy on board the bikes shows just how far the team's come,” he added. “Kirk is one of Northern Ireland's best short circuit racers at present and although the North West 200 is a different ball game, I'm confident he'll give a good account of himself.

“Having four bikes on the grid at the North West and three at the TT is a big undertaking so I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think we could succeed though and all the lads in the team are mechanically minded and able to help out so I'm sure we'll be fine.

“I've been working on the bikes since the end of last year and they're better than what we finished 2011 with, having found some more speed so it's looking really good.”

Farquhar only competed in the Senior race at the TT last season after a crash during practice at Keppel Gate ruled him out of the remainder of the races through injury.

The Supertwins class is being held at both the North West 200 and TT for the first time in 2012.






Related Pictures

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Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Glenn Irwin and Christian Elkin with Ulster GP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston, and Supertwins race sponsors Maxwell Freight
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100
Guy Martin, BMW, [Credit: BMW]
Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop and Dean Harrison on the Senior Race podium at the Southern 100
Guy Martin leads Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Southern 100
Peter Hickman on the Briggs Equipment BMW in the Senior TT
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW in the Senior TT
Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.

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