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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.



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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

RutterNut - Unregistered

March 02, 2012 11:27 AM

It will be hard for any big names to get funding for this years NW200.. 2 Years in a row no real tv time or even laps for the fans. hope he gets sorted with sponsorship.



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