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TT 2016: Rutter hails 'brilliant' Superbike sixth

'It's a brilliant finish for me and I'm well happy – I'd have been happy with a top ten finish so to finish inside the top six is like a win for me' - Michael Rutter.
Michael Rutter was more then satisfied with a solid top six finish in Saturday's RST Superbike race as he clocked his first 130mph lap of the 2016 festival.

Rutter was as high as fourth on the opening lap at Glen Helen but slipped back after lapping at 130.092mph from a standing start.

Having caught William Dunlop on the road, a second lap of 129.830mph saw Rutter drop back to seventh on the BMW S1000RR.

However, he moved back into sixth place on lap three and he consolidated his position in the second half of the race, firing in two more laps in excess of 129mph to finish ahead of David Johnson on the Norton SG5.

“It's a brilliant finish for me and I'm well happy – I'd have been happy with a top ten finish so to finish inside the top six is like a win for me,” Rutter said.

“The bike was a little bit loose at the rear and maybe I'd gone too far with the rebound as it was quite lively over the jumps at places like Crosby and Ballacrye. It would just fire off the jumps and get into a bit of a wobble so I had to be a little bit cautious,” he added.

“It was a little bit unpredictable but everywhere else the Bathams/SMT Racing BMW was working great and I had an enjoyable race.”

Rutter became embroiled in a battle with Dean Harrison and Gary Johnson on the road but he rode steadily to wrap up a fine sixth on the S1000RR.

“I had a good dice on the roads with Dean and Gary but I could see sixth wasn't really under threat so I rode to my signals in the second half of the race to bring the bike home in a good sixth place,” he said.

“It's a great start to race week so a massive thank you to the whole team and sponsors for putting together a great package.”

Rutter has a busy schedule on Monday, when he will ride a Kawasaki ZX-6R in the first Monster Energy Supersport race (10.45am) and the RL360 Quantum Superstock race (1.45pm), both over four laps.





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