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BSB star Rutter could miss North West 200

Michael Rutter is a doubt for the international North West 200 in May due to a lack of funding for his road racing campaign
Twelve-time North West 200 winner Michael Rutter could miss the event in May due to a sponsorship shortfall.

Rutter, who will ride for the MSS Colchester Kawasaki team in the British Superbike Championship this season, will compete at the Isle of Man TT in June, although the Midlands rider's annual trip to Northern Ireland for the North West is in doubt.

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Rutter will ride in the Supertwins 650 Lightweight TT on a Kawasaki ER6 machine for Ryan Farquhar's KMR team.

The veteran racer, who rates the famous Ulster road race as one of his favourite meetings of the year, is also understood to have secured a Honda machine for the Superbike and Senior races at the TT.

However, he is finding it tough to secure financial backing for the North West, although Rutter has not yet given up hope making the starting grid on Saturday, May 19 and has yet to meet potential backers over the coming weeks in an effort to attract additional sponsorship to fund his roads commitments.

His last victory at the NW200 was achieved in the Superbike class in 2008.

Rutter, who won the Macau Grand Prix in November for a record seventh time, is one of the most famous riders in the history of the North West.

He became the first rider to break the 200mph barrier in 2004 when he was clocked at 201.1mph on the HM Plant Honda Fireblade.



Related Pictures

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Michael Rutter - Rapid Bathams Ducati [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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jj - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 10:38 PM

come on mervin you not paying him to show up after last years disaster at northwest this just proves how bad the financial backing in racing is for some one of Michaels standard race craft results can not get funding for northwest ups not in a big enough team for mr northwest to pay to race even though one of the top riders sorry but things northwest needs to change

stuartyboy - Unregistered

March 01, 2012 12:24 PM

This is terrible news,hope u and the team manage to sort things out .This legend should be there no doubt about it for shure its a sad day for rr if top names like this are struggling



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