Michael Rutter says his sixth and seventh place finishes during the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship were to be expected as he and the Rapid-Bathams Ducati team continue to work on the bike's new electronics package.

The only championship class Ducati team on the grid, Rapid-Bathams Ducati have spent the winter getting to grips with a new electronics system that will bring the 1198 up to date.

The progress continued through the opening weekend, with Rutter proving typically solid on the way to two comfortable top ten finishes.

"It was great to finally be back racing again after the winter and to be honest the results were as we expected them to be. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy opening round as we have still be working on the new electronics, but we are learning more all the time.

"We are definitely looking forward to Oulton Park now, as that track should suit the Ducati better than Brands Hatch Indy. We have some new suspension parts due for the next round and hopefully we can get up there and have a stronger finish in my 350th BSB race start!"



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