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Rutter explains decision to quit Rob Mac Racing

Michael Rutter has revealed his reasoning behind the decision to part ways with the Rob Mac Racing team, claiming he 'wasn't happy from the word go'.

A troublesome start to the British Superbike season, in which he scored no points, and a difficult time at the North West 200 prompted Rutter's decision to terminate his contract with the team just two months into the season.

Making an appearance at the latest round of the championship as a spectator, although Rutter admits the size of the team factored into his choice to leave, he insists his problems were mostly down to him.

“I wasn't happy from the word go,” he told Crash.net Radio. “The mechanics tried 100 per cent and they did a brilliant job, but I wasn't in the right frame of mind. All I can blame is myself. I went and did the North West and I wasn't happy there, so I thought it was time to move on.

“It was a different environment for me. I'm used to have three or four mechanics, so I'm used to being a bit spoilt. There are four riders in the same garage and I wasn't happy with it. I wasn't getting paid either, when I was told I would. There were a lot of things that added up to it.”

Turning his attentions to the forthcoming Isle of Man TT having acquired an ex-Crescent Suzuki to ride, Rutter went on to reveal he is actively looking to get back on the BSB grid later in the year.

“I have bought myself a Suzuki to ride at the TT, so we will see how I get on with that. We'll get the TT out of the way, then we'll concentrate on getting back into BSB.”


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Jerry Atrick - Unregistered

May 25, 2009 12:38 PM

Rutter might be a nice guy and all that, but he is well past it. His best (& last) chance was a few years back when he rode with Kiyo for HM Plant. He couldn't do it, and even then Honda said he was too slow and too expensive. Hang your leathers up now mate - best people remember you when you were capable of getting a podium, rather than grubbing round at the back like now.

pam - Unregistered

May 25, 2009 10:00 AM

what a shame. I am a huge fan and will miss him but i hope hell be back when hes in the right frame of mind. Forget the politcs michael and just ride for yourself and enjoy it again. You are the nicest bloke in the paddock and deserve better.



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