Michael Rutter says he is hopeful about maintaining his role with Gearlink Kawasaki for the remainder of the MCE British Superbike season, after stepping in as rider aboard the team's Kawasaki ZX-10R.

The multiple BSB race winner was announced to be joining the Wiltershire-based team the Wednesday before round two at Brands Hatch and as a result had very little time to prepare.

Despite making significant improvements during free practice and qualifying 24th for race one the 43-year-old racer suffered mechanical issues which forced him to retire.

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In race two Rutter was able to make it to the chequered flag in 27th position and the rider was satisfied with what he and the team had achieved under extremely testing circumstances.

"It has been a good weekend with the team, we always knew it would be a mountain to climb as we were pretty much starting from scratch with the bike," Rutter said. "The team worked really hard all weekend and we made a number of changes after every session and each time it was making a difference.

"We made a lot of progress and I do hope it can continue as the season progresses."

Rutter is yet to confirm his BSB plans for the remainder of the season but it is understood the Gearlink Kawasaki has left the ride open to him for round three at Oulton Park, scheduled for 2-4 May.