Michael Rutter has jumped at the chance to ride the Paton S1 for Ian Lougher Racing in the Lightweight race at this year's Isle of Man TT.

Olie Linsdell qualified third fastest on the Italian machine last year before finishing in an impressive sixth in the race and Rutter is eager to build on the machine's promising debut in June.

"I am really excited to be asked to ride the Paton in the Lightweight race," he said. "Paton is a small passionate Italian company who are steeped in racing history and renowned for building great motorcycles.

"The bike looks fantastic, and considering how little testing time Olie had on it last year, due to the last minute homologation checks etc, he still ended up third quickest in practice, and was able to bring it home in sixth position in the race, so I can't wait to ride it."

With Linsdell a non-starter at the TT this year, Ian Lougher will oversee Paton's interests in the race on the Isle of Man under the Paton/Team ILR banner.

The world renowned motorcycle company have worked closely with the highly respected Welshman in recent times, culminating in a dramatic win in last year's 500cc Classic TT on Steve Linsdell's Team Flitwick 1968 CMM Paton BIC 500 when, despite being awarded a 30-second penalty for jumping the pits at the start of lap two, Lougher put in a typically determined performance to win yet again round the 37.73-mile Mountain Course.

"For me as a team owner it's a great honour to be asked by such a well respected company like Paton to run their S1 650cc Twin at this year's TT race festival," said Lougher.

"I have been a big fan of the Italian manufacturer for a long time and followed their racing exploits for many years through the two-stroke era in 500cc GP's to the present day, where Olie took a fantastic top six finish in last year's race.

"With so much more development this time around, and with Michael sat in the hot seat, I am sure together we can put Paton back on the rostrum where they belong."