Rutter 'shell-shocked' by Brands performance

Michael Rutter admits he is 'shell-shocked' to have made a pointless start to the British Superbike Championship season having shown strong pace during testing.

Rob Mac Racing arrived at Brands Hatch in high spirits having expanded to three bikes for 2009 and acquired use of the new Yamaha R1 over the winter.

However, the team would manage just a pair of top ten finishes, with Graeme Gowland finishing ninth in the first race and Chris Walker taking eighth in the second. Rutter on the North West 200 machine, however, didn't score.

"I'm a bit shell shocked to be honest,” said Rutter, who finished 16th and 17th. “For both the races I had a decent start and ran in the top ten for the early laps, when the newness of the tyre faded I struggled to cope with the bike sliding. We have some work to do with this new bike and I am looking forward to working it out"

Nonetheless, team manager Rob McElnea says all three riders provided useful feedback that should see them prove more competitive next time out at Oulton Park.

"I did not expect a start like that, we have seen the potential of the bike but really need more time to work out how to get the best. All our riders gave us some great feedback to work with and I am sure we will be closer come Oulton, our next race.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Rutter - North West 200 Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

ders - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 9:12 PM

When are people going to realise all this "give a rider a chance crap", anyone can have a chance if they bring enough money. If there were other riders out there with the same backing to bring to the table they'd be riding a Rob Mac r1 aswell! As far as Rutter goes don't write him off just yet, being older only means he wont't take the risk with an unknown set-up if he has time to get the bike his way he will be 'potentially' be competing for rostrums.


April 16, 2009 8:25 PM

For what its worth , i hope rutter does get a handle on the r1 and sticks it up the doubters, top bloke, top rider, just hope the rob mac yamaha is a top bike coz at the moment it dont look like it. all that testing and gse wipes the floor with them! oh dear.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.