MSS Bathams Kawasaki ace Michael Rutter admits he is yet to fully adjust to the ZX10R following his stint on the Ducati 1098R.
'The Blade' is more than satisfied with his new steed for the MCE British Superbike Championship this year but says he has a further '20 per cent' to give as he bids to get the most out of the bike.
“We had a hard two days testing on the bikes at Brands Hatch and
Snetterton and the bike is working well, although it has taken me a
while to adapt to it from the Ducati,” said Rutter.
"At the moment I would say that 20 per cent of the problem in getting up
to full speed is down to me and there's probably another 10 per cent to get
out of the bike.”
Meanwhile, Rutter's participation at this year's North West 200 road race is looking more likely after it initially appeared as though he would miss the event due to a financial shortfall.
Rutter has secured sponsorship to cover his participation at the Isle of Man TT in June, but has yet to tie up a deal that will enable him to return to the North West, where he has racked up 12 victories.
However, he is currently in talks with the event organisers and is hopeful of reaching an agreement.
“I still don't have anything
concrete at the moment. I'm still speaking to Mervyn [Whyte, technical
director] and we're trying to put something together and I'm hopeful
that we can do something.
"Mervyn has been really good about the whole situation and is doing
everything he can and obviously I want to be there on the Kawasakis
because we have some good bikes this year.
"If I'm not riding there I'll still be there watching, but hopefully it
will all come good. I've had some good results on the Ducatis in the past but I've won more
races on the four-cylinder machines than I have on twin-cylinder bikes. I think the Kawasaki has really good top speed and I think it would be
the perfect bike for the North West."
Rutter had been in the frame to ride in the new Supertwin race at the
North West 200 for Ryan Farquhar's KMR Kawasaki outfit, but the deal
never came to fruition given his financial predicament.
He will, however, ride in the class in Farquhar's livery at the TT.
Rutter, who clinched a record-breaking seventh victory at the Macau
Grand Prix in November to become the most successful rider in the
event's history, said: "The Supertwin ride at the North West is
definitely off, so if we do manage to put something together I'll be
riding in both Superbike and Superstock races."