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Rutter in last minute deal for Burrows Engineering Racing

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Rutter in last minute deal for Burrows Engineering Racing thumbnailLee Johnston, who spilt from his team,Jackson Racing, but looks set to ride for Padgetts in the 60 class.

ALTHOUGH the opening practice sessions of 2017 Monster Energy Isle of Man TT was cancelled, two former TT riders, Ryan Farquhar and John Burrows are both back on the island, but in different roles, now team managers for their own teams.

As we go to press, It looks likely that Michael Rutter could well be riding for Burrows Engineering Racing in the 600 supersport class. 

The final details still have to be sorted but that is expected to be a formality.

For Farquhar, this is a return to the island, following his serious accident last year, which forced the local rider to miss the TT.

However, Ryan is back again, but this time, to oversee his team, Australia's Josh Brookes, Fermanagh's Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Danny Webb.

These four  riders will compete in the supertwin race.

The Cookstown Burrows Engineering team will field reigning Irish superbike and supertwin road race champion Derek Sheils and there is a possibility that a second rider may be added to the team.

Guy Martin heads the Honda onslaught, following John McGuinness' injuries at the NW200, McGuinness is now recuperating in Liverpool hospital.

Lee Johnston last week split from the Jackson Honda team, so expect to see Lee on board the Padgetts 600 honda and his stocker BMW.

Josh Brookes will replace McGuinness at Jackson's Honda for the 600 class, but its in the superbike class, that Brookes entry, alongside fellow Aussie, Davo Johnston, where they will both ride the Norton.

Last year saw the Norton at its best and with improvements made from last year, the Norton could well spring a surprise.

Surprisingly Michael Dunlop seems to be under the radar heading into the TT. But his performance in the feature race at the NW200, where he followed his arch rival, Ian Hutchinson, over the line, can certainly give Dunlop fans hope.

For Dunlop, it is all about the right package. He will also compete in the 600 where brother William is one of the favourites.

Ian Hutchinson, Peter Hickman, James Hillier and Dean Harrison are sure to be knocking on the doors for a win, while Gary Johnston, missed the North West, to prepare for The TT.

Davy Morgan will also be in action, whilst long time Honda rider, Brian McCormack will make his road debut on BMW machinery in the superstock race.

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