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Rutter closes on top six with podium

The Rapid Bathams Ducati rider needs to out-score Ryuichi Kiyonari by more than five points at Cadwell Park to book his place in the shootout.
Michael Rutter could be in the hunt for the British Superbike Championship title for the second year in succession after making substantial gains during the eighth round of the season at Brands Hatch.

The Rapid Bathams Ducati rider has seen his form fluctuate this season, compared with 2010 when he qualified for the top six shootout with relative ease, but two podiums in the last four races have seen him work his way back into contention.

Indeed, in just four races, Rutter has risen from 12th to seventh in the standings and closed the gap to Ryuichi Kiyonari from 48 points to just five. With this momentum, Rutter is confident the upcoming three races at Cadwell Park will see him sneak into the 'title showdown' once again.

"I am really happy with the weekend,” said Rutter, whose second place finish in race one was achieved on slick tyres in slippery conditions. “In race one I just gambled on slicks and it paid off for me. I was just going to go out and see how it goes and luckily for me it stopped raining and began to dry out.

“I could see Josh Brookes was pushing really hard in the first laps and I didn't want to risk crashing so I just went at my own pace and I had a few moments but it was great to finish on the podium again for the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati team. I couldn't have done any more in the two races on Sunday and now we are much closer to the top six after that race."



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Michael Rutter Rapid Solicitors Batham Ducati: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati
Michael Rutter Rapid Solicitors Batham Ducati: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha [ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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TDS - Unregistered

August 11, 2011 8:30 AM

I think this daft points system should be scrapped! It was introduced to avoid a runaway lead and obvious title winner mid season - the year Leon Camier dominated, but to me, if someone is that good, then so be it!! Why should an obvious winner have to resort to this sort of unfair system just because he is better than the rest? It's a kind of punishment for being so good which is now showing to be totally wrong in my opinion.

ColonelClaw - Unregistered

August 11, 2011 1:52 PM

I've got a lot of time for Mr Rutter, he's generally got a smile on his face, comes across as a good bloke in interviews, and although he may not be the most skillful rider in the field, he's certainly not bad, especially in the rain. Something else to consider is that he's one of the few circuit racers happy to give the TT and other road races a go, and that requires proper balls.



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