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No joy for Rutter as Lintin defends Lightweight crown

By Paul Lindsay

Published 09/06/2016

Michael Rutter and the KMR Kawasaki team were unable to clinch victory in yesterday's TT Lightweight race for boss Ryan Farquhar, who is recovering at home after his life-threatening crash at this year's North West 200.

With a delayed 6.30pm start - after sea fog threw yesterday's race programme into disarray - Rutter had aired his concerns about a potential lack of sunlight causing problems on the circuit. Unfortunately for Rutter, his race ended 32 miles into the opening lap of four at Brandywell on the KMR machine.

After a great battle with 2013 winner James Hillier, Lincolnshire racer Ivan Lintin emulated his 2015 victory aboard the RC Express Racing ER-6 Kawasaki - which was the third on the trot for Roy and Ben Constable's team at the TT Races in the Lightweight class.

Lintin, who recorded a last lap of 119.417mph en route to his 12-second triumph, said: "The team has done well; three on the trot for them, two for me.

"On that opening lap I was getting boards saying P2 and I thought, 'that'll do, I'm in the mix'. I knuckled down then and dug deep and the boys gave me a superb pit stop and gave me a six-second advantage.

"On the last lap I made a couple of mistakes, but we've done enough and I'm delighted."

Quattro Plant Muc-Off Kawasaki rider Hillier took his fourth second place in the class and was pleased, despite missing out on his second career TT win.

"It wasn't our day, it was Ivan's," said Hillier. "I'm a little disappointed but not overly as we've done a good job.

"This old girl will get retired after this as she's never been off the podium and second is our worst finish in the class. I enjoyed it. We can have a beer and a steak now and look forward to the Senior on Friday."

Martin Jessopp took his first TT podium in third after almost running out of fuel on the last lap. He said: "I'm delighted and it's a credit to the team."

Gary Johnson, Stefano Bonnetti and Dan Cooper rounded out the top six.

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