Just to name a few wins – four at Isle of Man TT, 17 at North West 200, eight at Macau GP, and 28 in British Superbike. And this wins were earned across a variety of motorcycles, including Ducati, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.
Now, Rutter is ready to take another TT win on a new machine – the 2015 BMW S1000RR. For the 2015 Isle of Man TT, Rutter has signed with Team Penz13.com BMW Racing.
Rutter will compete aboard full-spec superbike and superstock machines at the TT. Rutter already has some time aboard the 2015 model from some testing at Almeria Circuit in Spain. While there, Rutter tested the RR with the team’s FIM World Endurance riders Markus Reiterberger, Bastien Mackels and Pedro Vallcaneras.
Speaking of the Penz13.com BMW deal, Rutter said “I am very happy to ride for the team even though it looked a bit like a long shot as the team is based in Germany. Obviously they have the best bikes available for this job and I am pretty confident that we can put the things together the way I need them and being competitive. I am not finished yet – especially not with the North West and Macau where I would like to add on another win even though the competition isn’t getting any easier.
“The TT is a bit of different story but I am looking forward to go around the Mountain course with the bikes I will have and the team behind me – I am targeting Top 6 finishes. There is still a lot of work to do at all ends for the team and myself. But I can fully focus on the job now after everything has been sorted.”
Team boss Rico Penzkofer also commented: “It’s great to have such a legend as Michael is on board for this exciting season. I always had tremendous passion for real road racing, having raced at various meetings during my own professional career. We have only for meetings in the WEC that fortunately does not clash with any of the big road racing meetings. So we thought it would be good to level up on the roads too.
“Michael is obviously a very experienced rider with an incredible race record – 4 TT wins, 17 NW200 Wins and 8 Macau GP victories – I had to get him signed. We are now preparing his personal bikes in our work shop and can’t wait to get going in May.”