And later in the day he returned to the TT when he claimed third in the Lightweight TT.
In the Zero, riding the team Mugen machine, Rutter was flagged away by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, and later received his trophy from the Duke on the TT podium.
Afterwards he revealed that he had been feeling the pressure all week to deliver a result for the Japanese Mugen outfit.
“It was drummed into me all week that the team wanted to break the lap record so it’s been a hard week with only one practice lap. I had a sleepless night last night. Every time you go out on the course you pick up something new, or try something different and Mugen pulled it all out today. I wasn’t hanging around and it was quite scary in places.”
In the Lightweight, Michael Dunlop took a record breaking win with the Paton rider smashing both the lap and race records on his way to his 18th TT victory.
Despite a relatively steady start, Dunlop took advantage of early leader Ivan Lintin’s retirement at Bedstead on lap two and with a new lap record of 122.750mph, he came home 14.6s clear of Derek McGee and Michael Rutter. Search over 19,000 bikes for sale on Auto Trader