Rutter, Rob Mac Racing part ways

Rob Mac Racing has announced that it and Michael Rutter have decided to part company following a difficult start to the British Superbike Championship season.

Rutter began the season riding the North West 200 Coca-Cola Yamaha alongside Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland, but failed to score in the first two rounds of the season at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park.

Although he competed with the team at the weekend's North West 200, Rutter, who finished sixth in the standings aboard a Ducati last season, will end his contract early having failed to get the best out of the Yamaha.

A replacement will now be sought for Rutter, although the NW200 Coca-Cola team will continue to be represented in the British Supersport category with Dan Linfoot.

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Michael Rutter - North West 200 Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Michael Rutter, Rob Mac Racing [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
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May 19, 2009 11:29 PM

I have been a big follower of bsb since it's inception and before, I love Rutter and am struggling to imagine bsb without him but, I have to say that this has been a long time coming....sorry Michael. His last decent season was on the Renegade many years ago....Rutter was an exceptional rider and inspirational to the modern era of british superbike racing but, he has lacked confidence for too long. BSB deperately needs to replenish the field with new talent, here is an opportunity....sorry Michael.

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May 19, 2009 6:29 PM

Why in hell would Gary Mason who is doing very nicely thank you on that Fireblade take such an appalling risk as picking up that ride? It may be better than nowt, but not by a lot. I wish old Rutter well. I hope he picks something up but this will be very difficult for him until it becomes obvious where the fault is. And for that to help him it pretty much needs another class rider to get on it and fail too.

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