The Blade will meet the Fireblade as action returns to the Isle of Man for the TT Races next week.
Honda (UK) has announced that Michael Rutter, known to bike fans as ‘The Blade’ will replace the injured Steve Plater on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade for the Superstock race on the island.
Plater is on the road to recovery following his spill at the North West 200 earlier in the month but his misfortune has proved to be a lucky break for Rutter.
The 38-year-old from Bridgenorth has already stood on the podium nine times and will have the No.16 on his Honda livery in the Superstock race.
He will also be in action on a privately entered Honda in the Superbike and Senior TTs.
Rutter, who made his debut at the TT back in 1994, said: “It’s great to be joining the HM Plant Honda for the TT.
“I’ve got great memories from riding for them back in 2005 when we claimed third in the British Superbike Championship and also won a Superbike race at the North West 200.
“The Fireblade and the HM Plant Honda team are the best out there so with that package my plan is to go out and try to secure a podium finish, for my own satisfaction and to also repay Honda and the sponsors for this opportunity.”
Rutter will join Keith Amor and John McGuinness in the HM Plant Honda squad and can be seen in action at the TT from tomorrow, when Practice commences, with qualifying the following week leading up to the races which span Friday June 4 through to Friday June 11.