Last month, the 42-year-old Brit Michael Rutter confirmed he would pilot the Penz13.com BMW S1000RR in the Superbike and Superstock races during the 2015 Isle of Man TT.
Rutter – who has a list of international road-racing victories, including four TT wins, eight at the Macau GP, and 17 at the North West 200 – was unsure of who he would ride for during the two Monster Energy Supersport races.
But that changed Tuesday when it was confirmed that Rutter would pilot the SMT/Carbridge Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R during the four-lap 600cc races. Rutter last won in a 600cc category when he took the 1998 Junior TT race; during the 2015 TT, he posted a best lap of 123.198mph in the Supersport class while piloting the Smiths Racing Triumph Daytona 675.
Rutter is a household name at the TT; he debuted in 1994, following in the footsteps of his father Anthony, who had won seven TT races. Michael Rutter split from TT competition for seven years while competing in the British Superbike Championships, earning 28 wins. He returned in 2007 – the Centenary year of the Isle of Man TT – and from 2011-2013 he earned three TT Zero race victories.
Lancashire-based Robin Croft – the manager of the SMT/Carbridge Racing Team – and Rutter have worked together in the past. The two were united for three Macau Grand Prix races – taking the 2012 win – and a few BSB races in 2009.
Mainstays in the British Championship for a number of seasons, Croft has run Dan Stewart and Tim Reeves at the TT in recent years and had been trying to put together a deal all winter for a full assault on the roads. Although that failed to come to fruition, the chance to be involved in some capacity was one he jumped at and running Rutter will give them an extremely strong presence on the Supersport grid, the IOM TT reports.
Speaking of the signing, Rutter says “I feel that I’ve got a good set of bikes this year and that I can challenge in all of the races. Robin and I go back a long way and he knows how to prepare race winning bikes so I’m really looking forward to this year’s Supersport races. I finished in the top ten in the first Supersport Race last year and I think I can build on that with the Kawasaki.”