Rutter: Gutting not to make the top six

The Rapid Bathams Ducati rider was involved in a controversial collision with Josh Brookes, one that would put him out for the remainder of the weekend.
Michael Rutter says he is 'gutted' to have missed out on the chance to challenge for the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship title following the race one collision that sidelined him for the remainder of the Cadwell Park weekend.

The Rapid Bathams Ducati rider came into the event with the initiative having scored top five finishes in the last four races, Rutter keen to overturn the five point deficit to Ryuichi Kiyonari in the fight for the sixth and final shootout spot.

However, while his quest began well as he diced for third in the early stages of race one, a bold overtaking attempt by Josh Brookes at Hall Bends would send Rutter across the grass and off his bike, the BSB veteran sustaining two broken ribs and a collarbone injury in the tumble.

With Brookes subsequently disqualified for the incident, though Rutter attempted to start race two, he would pull in after a single lap before choosing to sit out the third race altogether.

A bitter end to a campaign that has picked up momentum in recent rounds, Rutter was disappointed with the outcome but is now focusing on returning to fitness.

“I didn't get a bad start to the weekend in free practice but then in qualifying three we had a problem with our gearbox and then it was a massive rush for the team to get the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati ready for the first race and they did a great job.

“My aim was obviously to finish ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari and everything was going to plan until race one! I had a good start and passed Josh Brookes into Park. I wanted to keep both Josh and Kiyo behind me and I was defending my line but Josh had other ideas and everyone knows what happened next!

“It was gutting not to have been able to make the top six and now I just need to get fit so we can try and put the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati back on the podium before the end of the season.”

Rutter's three failures to score have dropped him to ninth in the standings behind Jon Kirkham and Gary Mason.

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Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati  [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Michael Rutter Rapid Solicitors Batham Ducati: [picture credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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SuperSykes - Unregistered

August 31, 2011 9:38 AM

How come when Simoncelli takes other racers out, the world goes nuts but no-one seems too bothered with Brookes. I defended him with the Guintoli incident and said it was a freak accident. Then there was Mallory Park with a hair brained over taking move. Now this....i've had enough of him and I think a lot of BSB fans have. How often does it need to happen for it to stop being an innocent mistake and start becoming poor judgement or just plain stupidity? His excuse in the interview afterwards....'I had already tried a few times so he must have known I was coming through'....he was behind Rutter, had no right to try the move but when for it and injured yet another rider. Jog on Josh, jog on

Bring back Gregorio - Unregistered

August 31, 2011 1:11 PM

Rutter has bigger balls than Brookes will ever have. I'd like to see Brookes at the TT, he'd probably do a couple of miles and run home his mum crying. What makes the move worse is that Rutter had nowhere to go and could have easily skittled Byrne and Hickman and ruined their seasons aswell. At least when Simoncelli pulls a crazy move, it's at a track with plenty of run off. There was no hint of an appology from Brookes after the race or on the grid the next day when he even acused Whitham of judging him after the incident!

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