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Name: Michael Rutter

Date of Birth: April 18th 1972

Place of Birth: Wordsley. West Midlands

Nationality: British

Races competed: International Road Races (Isle of Man TT, North West 200, Macau Grand Prix), MotoGP, BSB & World Superbike Championships

Twitter: @michaelrutter_

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Getting into biking:

Michael’s racing influence came from his father, Tony Rutter, who was a motorcycle racer in the 1970’s, winning 7 TT’s. As well as the TT, Tony won 4 Formula Two World Championships and 9 North West 200 races, whilst he also competed in the 250cc, 350cc and 500cc World Championships as well as being a regular race winner of the various British Championships in the 1970s and 80s.

Come 1993, it was Michael Rutter who was racing competitively in the British Superbike Championship and he took his maiden podium finish on his way to eighth overall. The following two years saw consistent improvement, placing fifth overall in 1994 and fourth in 1995, where he achieved his first race win.

Michael’s first TT appearance came in 1994, where he competed in the Formula One TT finishing 17th on the Medd Honda RC45 and winning a bronze replica  This experience saw Michael kick on in 1995, with an impressive eighth place finish in the Senior TT, as well as 18th in the Junior TT. He didn’t have to wait for his first podium with third coming in the 1996 Formula One race and he went one better the following year with second in the 1997 Formula One race. He also finished third that tear in the Junior race.

It was 1997 when Michael’s road racing career really took off as he won the North West 200 Superbike and Supersport races and achieved 2nd in the TT as previously mentioned. Michael’s first win in the Macau GP and TT came in 1998, victory coming at the latter in the Junior race after finishing a close second to team-mate Ian Simpson in the Formula One race and third in the Production.

Career Highlights:

For a racer with such a long and successful career it’s always going to be tough to choose a highlight, especially when you’ve competed in such a range of competitions.

Rutter has been quoted to say his individual highlights would be his first win at the TT, which is always a popular choice. Another highlight of Michael’s was in the 1997 World Superbike Championship meeting at Brands Hatch when he took a brilliant third place, sharing the podium with the legendary Carl Fogarty and John Kocinski.

Winning another 4 TT’s since his first in 1998 is a great achievement, equalling the tally taken by household names such as Robert Dunlop and Brian Reid. This puts him two behind his father’s seven wins at the TT. Some would say his win in the Supertwin TT in 2017 was one of Michael’s greatest moments, having been racing competitors of a much younger age, but also coming some 19 years after his maiden victory in 1998!

It is not only the TT where Rutter has had incredible success; he holds the third highest amount of race wins at the North West 200 with 14, trailing only to Alastair Seeley (21) and Robert Dunlop (15). He has the second highest number of podiums at the event with 31 having been taken between 1995 and 2017, only one behind Seeley.

Michael also holds the most amount of Macau GP wins for any rider with eight, two more than the next best figure of six held by Ron Haslam’s. His 18 podiums at the event is also a record. Where BSB is concerned, Rutter has won 28 races with second overall being his best finish in 2002 and 2004 and he’s still competing today in the British Superstock 1000 Championship.

Career Achievements – at a glance:

  • Five times winner at the Isle of Man TT – Junior (1998), TT Zero (2011-13) and Lightweight (2017)
  • 15 podiums at the TT with his fastest lap, 131.709mph, being recorded in the 2017 Senior race. This is the tenth quickest of all time
  • Has won 50 silver and 2 bronze replicas at the Isle of Man TT
  • 14 wins at the North West 200, 31 podiums
  • Eight wins at the Macau Grand Prix, 18 podiums (both records)
  • Has competed in more British Superbike Championship races than any other rider
  • Ridden factory machines for Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki in BSB
  • Third overall in the 2017 British Superstock Championship

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