Rutter secures title showdown spot

Three more podiums ensures Michael Rutter will be one of six riders to battle it out for the British Superbike title showdown
Michael Rutter has guaranteed himself a spot in the British Superbike six-way title shootout after picking up a trio of podiums at Brands Hatch.

The latest strong performance in what has been a remarkable return to form for the BSB veteran, Rutter has now notched up six podium finishes and is yet to finish a race lower than in seventh position.

It has enabled the Ducati rider to secure a spot in the forthcoming shootout one round early, Rutter delighted to keep building on his podium credits.

“It's been a brilliant weekend for the team. I think I could have gone with Sykes and Kiyo in Sunday's first race but I just didn't have the grip after five laps.

“The temperature had gone up and made the track greasy. I know it's the same for everyone - I could see Kiyo struggling too – but you were never quite sure of the grip levels and it seemed a better idea to score points rather than risking everything.

“I also had a battle with Michael Laverty in that one but it's all about getting podium credits now so there was no way I was going to let him through.”

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August 10, 2010 10:21 AM
Last Edited 2424 days ago

I really can't see Michael winning the thing overall but, after Ducati telling John Hackett that he (Rutter) wasn't good enough to warrant factory support, boy has shown them they were wrong and how. Yes the Ducati "Suits you Sir", but it still has to be ridden up the sharp end, and that extra aggression, that confidence brings, is the real difference between 2nds and 3rds this year and 7ths, 8ths, and lower last season. Go Michael !!!! :D....and hang your heads in shame all the know all's :? on here who said he was finished and yesterdays man.

mart - Unregistered

August 09, 2010 7:11 PM

Has that old duke got some upgrades or has Rutter found sumat, dont think he will but what a popular championship win it would be. And whats the bet that if he does Ducati will claim it, even thow they wont even let the team put Ducati on there team clothing.

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