Michael Rutter put himself forward for a prolonged stint with the Worx Crescent Suzuki team for the time being after marking his debut with a pair of fifth place finishes at Thruxton.

The most experienced rider on the grid showed impressive competitiveness throughout the weekend, despite having had little time to adapt to the Suzuki GSX-R1000 before the races.

Indeed, while Rutter didn't get away well from his front row start in either race, he showed strong pace on both occasions to battle his way back into contention to complete two top five results.

Even so, despite it being a marked improvement on what he managed with Rob Mac Racing earlier in the year, Rutter admits he could have performed slightly better.

"What a wonderful bike! As a first experience of the GSX-R I'm really impressed. Looking at the day, I could definitely have done with more time to refine the set-up - this morning's set-up in warm-up didn't work quite as we hoped so we rode with what we had yesterday, which wasn't quite perfect.

"I could have ridden better too - smoother would have been faster - but I have to be happy for I know I can improve. It's been a great weekend in so many ways."

Having only been confirmed for the Thruxton round, Rutter is now well placed to deputise for Sylvain Guintoli for the duration until the Frenchman returns from injury.

"We've had a very good weekend," said team manager Jack Valentine. "We came here only three days after the disaster of Donington and started with a new rider who'd never ridden the bike before. There was so little time to sort bike and rider that in all fairness Michael did a very good job.

"We can't grumble with getting two fifths, and the way Michael was matching the lap times of the leaders through the later stages of the races also showed he can be very quick. It's just a matter of getting more time on the bike, that's what cost him in the early stages of each race, but you can see that with time in the saddle he'd build his confidence and belief."