Rutter gets Crescent extension

Worx Crescent Suzuki have confirmed Michael Rutter will remain with the team for the upcoming British Superbike Championship round at Snetterton.

Rutter made his debut with the team at Thruxton as a replacement for the injured Sylvain Guintoli, the former Rob Mac Yamaha rider belying the last minute deal to qualify on the front row and score a pair of top five finishes.

His impressive performance has duly earned him a stay of execution with the team, where manager Jack Valentine is confident he will be capable of challenging for the podium.

“We were very pleased with Michael's performance at Thruxton. It's not an easy circuit to set-up for and for Michael coming into the team at such late notice and with no prior time on the bike, he really did an excellent job.

“With Sylvain's injuries clearly now indicating a long recovery we have to consider a medium to long term solution in terms of this season. Obviously the championship is beyond us now, but the capability of the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000, as Sylvain showed, is to be the class leader. So our goal now is to secure podiums, if not wins, for the rest of the season.

“In that respect rider selection is crucial. Michael has shown he has the lap speed but, by his own admission, at Thruxton he was a little combat rusty. We are therefore going to Snetterton together with the joint goal of translating Michael's undoubted speed into podiums. Pending the outcome of those races we'll make a further announcement on our rider selection.”

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