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Classic TT: Rutter delighted with Mountain success

Michael Rutter was a comfortable winner of the 350cc Classic TT on the Ripley Land Honda.
Bathams-backed Michael Rutter enjoyed an excellent weekend at the Classic TT, with victory in Monday's 350cc race on the Ripley Land Honda the undoubted highlight.

An opening lap of 100.988mph gave the Stourbridge-based rider a slender 1.9s lead over Dan Cooper and although the Cooper went ahead on the second lap, it was still close with only 1.5 seconds between the two riders as they started their final lap.

It was all set for a thrilling finale around the 37.73-mile course but Cooper went out at Ballacraine and Rutter came home a comfortable winner, aided by the fastest lap of the race at 102.356mph.

“I knew the race was close but just kept my head down,” Rutter said. “I was experiencing a misfire now and again and thought it was going to stop on the final lap but fair play, it kept going.

“It's a lovely bike to ride but it's physically hard work and although I initially wanted the race to be the full four laps, I was glad it was only three!”

“You've got to keep these bikes going and if you can do that, you won't be far away so I kept the revs down and concentrated as much as possible,” he added.

“It's a long way round and it's fantastic to win both for myself and the whole team. You can never complain when you're in the number one spot around the Mountain Course.”

Later in the afternoon, Rutter was in action in the four-lap Motorsport Merchandise Formula One TT riding a Ducati, which was a replica of the machine his dad Tony raced ridden in the '80s.

Although down on speed to the front running machines of Michael Dunlop and Bruce Anstey, Rutter finished tenth and saved his best until last, lapping at an impressive 120.474mph.

“The Ducati was brilliant and never missed a beat. I wasn't sure how hard to go as I wanted to get to the finish to reward the team for all their efforts but built my speed up each lap and to do 120mph+ on the last lap was brilliant,” Rutter said.

“The pit stop was perfect and whilst I'd have been happy with a top 15 result before today, I'm over the moon with tenth.”

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Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
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Michael Dunlop in action at the Armoy Road Races.
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100
Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.

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