Tony Rutter

Tony Rutter (24 September 1941 – 24 March 2020) was a British professional motorcycle road racer.[2] He was a street circuit specialist, who won seven Isle of Man TT Races between 1973 and 1985.[3]

Tony Rutter
NationalityBritish
Born(1941-09-24)24 September 1941
Died24 March 2020(2020-03-24) (aged 78)
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years19691976[1]
First race1969 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last race1976 350cc Isle of Man TT
First win1973 350cc Isle of Man TT
Last win1974 350cc Isle of Man TT
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
22 2 5 2 1 151

Racing careerEdit

Rutter competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle world championships from 1969 to 1976.[2] He was the British road racing national champion in the 350cc class in 1971, on a Yamaha, and the 250cc class in 1973 again on a Yamaha.[4]

Rutter won seven Isle of Man TT races: the Junior TT in 1973 and 1974, the Formula 2 TT in 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1985, and the Senior 350 TT in 1982. He also finished second at the 1979 Senior TT, second at the 1985 Formula 1 TT, and third at the 1984 Formula 1 TT.

Rutter completed the first-ever 110 mph lap of the North West 200 circuit in 1973.[5] He was inducted into the North West 200 Hall of Fame after winning the event nine times.[6]

Rutter also won four consecutive Formula Two World Championships from 1981 to 1984.[7][8][9][10]

His career was effectively ended by a very bad accident at the Montjuïc circuit in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in 1985 – however even after this incident he recovered and continued to ride in the TT until 1991.

Personal life and deathEdit

Rutter's son, Michael, followed in the footsteps of his father and became a professional motorcycle racer.

Tony Rutter died on 24 March 2020, at the age of 78 following a short illness.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Tony+Rutter
  2. ^ a b "Tony Rutter career statistics at MotoGP.com". motogp.com. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Tony Rutter Isle of Man TT results at iomtt.com". iomtt.com. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ "British Motorcycle Champion". f1network.net. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  5. ^ Wain, Phil (2020), "The North West; A History", Classic Racer, Mortons Motorcycle Media Ltd, ISSN 1470-4463, Despite being reduced to just over nine miles, speeds were continuing to rise at an alarming rate and whilst the first 110 mph lap was recorded in 1973 by Tony Rutter, it only took two more years before the 120 mph barrier was broken,
  6. ^ "North West 200 Hall of Fame". devittinsurance.com. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  7. ^ "1981 Formula TT championship results". racingmemo.free.fr. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  8. ^ "1982 Formula TT championship results". racingmemo.free.fr. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  9. ^ "1983 Formula TT championship results". racingmemo.free.fr. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ "1984 Formula TT championship results". racingmemo.free.fr. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  11. ^ https://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/racing-legend-tony-rutter-sadly-passes-away-2514054
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Charlie Williams
TT Formula Two World Champion
1981–1984
Succeeded by
Brian Reid