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Michael Rutter to wear #90 to mark 90th anniversary of North West 200

Michael Rutter with the #90 plate he will run on his Honda in the superbike race at the North West 200
Michael Rutter with the #90 plate he will run on his Honda in the superbike race at the North West 200

14-time winner Michael Rutter will race with #90 plates on his Bathams/Aspire-Ho RCV213S Honda in both superbike races this week at the North West 200.

The 47-year-old has made the decision to switch numbers at the Triangle this week in order to mark the 90th anniversary of the North West, which began in 1929.

"It feels like I have been coming to the North West for 90 years!" the 47-year-old laughed.

"It is a great honour to be running the number 90 plate and brilliant for the event that we will be racing the RCV."

Rutter is the third most successful rider at the North West, ranking behind only Alastair Seeley (24) and Robert Dunlop (15) in wins on the north coast.

His appearance at the North West is another major coup for race organisers, who have assembled a world-class field this week with the likes of Seeley, Glenn Irwin, Michael Dunlop, John McGuinness and Peter Hickman all competing.

Rutter will be the main draw, however his £250,000 Honda will also be of interest to racing fans, who will be eager to see the MotoGP spec technology in action.

"The RCV is the best bike that I have ever ridden, it is completely unlike anything else I’ve ever raced and I think it will have a real chance against all those other great bikes at the North West," Rutter said after testing at Oulton Park.

"There is no doubt that the North West is more competitive than ever and this promises to be a very interesting year.

"I would love to get another win to add to my North West tally, and winning the feature race on the RCV would be a dream come true, but we will have to wait and see what happens."

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