BSB veteran Michael Rutter is expecting the new Snetterton circuit to through up some surprises this weekend, as he seeks to get his Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati into the Shootout top six.

Rutter starts round six holding ninth in the championship, but just ten points from seventh placed Peter Hickman. And with the injured Stuart Easton set to drop out of the top six this weekend, Hickman effectively holds the final Shootout position.

"In the past Snetterton has been a track where we have had reasonable results and I think the new infield section will definitely bring a new challenge for the team as set-up is going to be critical," said Rutter.

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"I think we are all going there with an element of the unknown, although we have tested there once before. I am pretty sure there will be some surprises, but we need to be inside the top six in the standings so hopefully we can turn our season around at Snetterton."

Team-mate Martin Jessopp has scored just 27 points so far this year and is only 18th in the championship.

"A new track means everyone is level again and we have to just work out how to make the Ducati work on the new section of the track on the slower corners," he said. "We have been working hard though over the past few rounds with the data we have to make improvements and also try to find some more rear grip towards the end of the race and hopefully we can move forward with that this weekend."