Michael Rutter will join his fourth different team this season at Brands Hatch after being signed to MSS Colchester Kawasaki as a replacement for the injured Simon Andrews.
Andrews has been forced to sit out the event at Brands Hatch following surgery on his scaphoid, an injury that is taking longer to heal than expected.
As such, Rutter has been drafted in to join Julien Da Costa in Kent, where he will ride the Kawasaki ZX-10R having already competed for Rob Mac Yamaha, Worx Crescent Suzuki and SMT Honda this season.
Marking a return to the team he raced for in 2007, Rutter is delighted to be getting the chance to return to the BSB grid once again.
“I was painting my front door when the team owner rang an hour ago. I thought I had a weekend of DIY ahead of me. I'd just painted it gloss black but I may have to go bright green now”, he joked.
“In all seriousness though, I'm bang up for this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. The MSS Colchester team have worked wonders with the ZX-10R Ninja since I rode it in 07 and I can't wait to make a nuisance of myself at the front of the field.”
Andrews, meanwhile, was bitterly disappointed to skip Brands Hatch just three weeks after very nearly scoring his maiden win at Mallory Park.
“I had my left scaphoid bone screwed together in Belgium the day after Mallory Park and went back this week for further tests and x-rays,” he said. “It just appears that the bone hasn't knitted together as expected which leaves me with no option but to sit this event out and give the wound some rest. I'm gutted, really gutted – I was so fired up to get the win we all deserve.”