Was hoping to get down for the race but just cant manage to arrange a meeting any where near it
John McGuinness, Monstermob Ducati, topped the opening practice session for Saturday’s race.
Rutter, looking for his third win in a row, was only fourth quickest on the Red Bull factory Honda, 2.4 seconds a lap slower than McGuinness.
Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter on the R1 pulled off the biggest surprise of the 50-minute session by setting second-best time, 1.8 seconds slower than McGuinness.
Gus Scott, the 40-year-old from Cumbria, was third best just over a tenth of a second slower than the Austrian.
Callum Ramsay on board the Valmoto Triumph was best of the FIM 600 Supersport competitors, in 14th place overall, lapping one and a half seconds a lap quicker than his British team mate Chris Palmer who was second best.
Cameron Donald, China Yuan XGJao Honda, two-time winner of the class which runs concurrently with the Grand Prix, was third best in the 11-strong line up.
First qualifying will be later this afternoon with the second and deciding session on Friday morning to set the grid for the 40-strong field in Saturday afternoon’s 15-lap race.