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Rutter casts his eye on second.

Michael Rutter enjoyed his most prosperous weekend of the Bennetts British Superbike season so far after scoring a second and fourth place finish at Knockhill.

Although not quite able to hit the heights of his win at Mallory Park, Rutter led both races briefly, while his haul of 33 points also helps him move to within five points of Leon Camier's fifth place in the standings.

Qualifying in a season's best second place, Rutter swept into the lead of the first race before embarking on an entertaining dual with Tom Sykes over the opening few laps.

However, while experience helped Rutter snatch back the lead on two occasions, he was powerless to stop Sykes at the third attempt. Furthermore, slight contact with Sykes was enough for Rutter to lose his quick shifter, a detriment that left him unable to hold off the advances of Shane Byrne and then James Ellison. He would cross the line fourth.

Also leading at the restart of the second race, Rutter dropped back to fourth in the early stages before passing Karl Harris for third shortly ahead of the red flag being dropped again. Indeed, with erstwhile leader Byrne causing the stoppage, the North West Ducati 200 rider would be classified in second place, much to his delight.

"I'm really pleased with the two results today as we'd had a few problems at Oulton and we weren't sure what direction to go in with the bike to make it right,” he said. “We tried a few different things this weekend, which seemed to work well and I ended the day with a pretty good fourth and second place.

Dedicating his results to Craig Jones, Rutter's recent form has revived his hopes of getting himself into the fight for second place in the standings.

“I hope now we've managed to make progress and that we can carry on this form to the remaining rounds of the season. Second place in the Championship is still up for grabs and even though I'm 48 points behind, there are still 200 points to be gained and as we all know in racing anything can happen.

“I would also like to extend my thoughts to the family and friends of Craig Jones, he'll be missed around the paddock as he was a real character."


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200. Michael Rutter North West 200 Ducati, Ducati 1098R
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