Michael Rutter rides Paton to Lightweight victory

Michael Rutter has won the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT, riding a Paton. He held off stiff competition from Martin Jessopp to take the win – his fifth at the TT.

Peter Hickman completed his 100% 2017 TT podium run by finishing third following his podiums in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock races.

Ivan Lintin finished the race in fourth place ahead of Daniel Cooper, Josh Brookes and Michael Dunlop. James Cowton finished the race in eighth place beating Michael Sweeney and Jamie Hodson. Barry Furber was 11th finishing ahead of Timothee Monot, Xavier Denis, Craig Neve and Callum Laidlaw. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Rob Hodson, John Barton, Maria Costello, newcomer Paul Jordan and Dave Moffitt.

Rutter took the race lead early on – leading team-mate Stefano Bonetti at Glen Helen – and he increased his lead lap on lap. The advantage over Bonetti by the end of lap one was nearly four and a half seconds. Bonetti became a retirement from the race on lap two with Jessopp moving into second place. Ivan Lintin was running in third before a slow pit stop dropped him down to fourth. Rutter’s advantage at the end of the race was nearly ten seconds. It was his first TT victory since 2013 – when he won the TT Zero race – and it backed up his Supertwin win at the North West 200.

 

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