Michael Rutter was pleased with his return to prominence after qualifying on the front row of the grid for the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.

The North West Ducati rider has endured a mixed season, cresting at Mallory Park with his superb win, but also hitting troughs, namely last time out at Oulton Park when he was considerably off the pace.

Nonetheless, Rutter made the most of the tricky conditions, which were similar to those that led him to victory at Mallory, to get amongst the leaders in qualifying around the Scottish circuit with second on the grid.

Also the best of the Ducati contingent, Rutter was happy to show that he is capable of producing front running pace when the bike is working. He is now eyeing a pair of strong results in the races.

"I am really happy with qualifying today," he told the British Superbike website. "I wasn't really happy at Oulton Park and I did struggle there, especially after the results we had at Mallory Park with the win there.

"I am pleased to be on the front row for tomorrow and if I get a good start then we should get a good result in the races. I had a few moments out there as it was slippery in places, so I decided to back off a bit and just settle for the front row."