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BSB Rider of the Year vote: 5th

You vote Michael Rutter fifth in Crash.net's BSB Rider of the Year poll.
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011:
5. Michael Rutter

Nationality: British
Team: Rapid Bathams Ducati
Bike: Ducati 1198
Wins: 0
Podiums: 3
Best finish: 2nd
Championship points: 164
Championship position: 8th

The stalwart of British Superbike racing, the Michael Rutter of 2010 went a long way to reviving his reputation as the determined and dogged racer that has made him such a fan favourite since making his debut back in 1995.

Making the title Showdown in 2010 on the way to fifth place, though Rutter couldn't quite replicate that feat in 2011, there was still plenty for his fans to cheer about.

Sticking with Riders Ducati, now badged Rapid Bathams in a nod to its bold new sponsor, Rutter initially found himself bridging the gap between the leaders and the mid-field, the complex development of the bike's electronics' package proving both a step forward and a hindrance during the first-half of the season.

As ever, Rutter came into his own when the heavens opened, with his three podiums coming at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch in conditions that were certainly on the tricky side.

Those results, coupled to set of reasonable finishes during his mid-season march, gave Rutter a chance to make the Showdown for the second year in succession. Going head-to-head with Ryuichi Kiyonari, though Rutter began the crucial Cadwell Park event in arrears, many predicted he would emerge ahead by the end of the weekend.

Of course, Rutter's collision with Josh Brookes would scupper those hopes, despite his brave efforts to race on with broken ribs, but a return for the final round at least secured him a respectable eighth in the overall standings.

Turning 40 years-old next season, Rutter insists he is still determined to see out his career with a British Superbike title in his grasp. On the basis of his 2010 and 2011 performances, it may not be such an over-ambitious dream…

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2010: 3rd
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2009: 16th
Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2008: 7th

Top 10 BSB Rider of the Year 2011:

6. Jon Kirkham
7. Graeme Gowland
8. Josh Brookes
9. James Ellison
10. Glen Richards



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Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati  [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Silverstone
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