Third fastest during a wet Superpole session at Knockhill this afternoon, Michael Rutter (#9) will start tomorrow's twenty-eight lap Superbike races from the front row of the grid on his factory Kawasaki ZX-7RR.

Having secured a front row start with a fast lap right at the start of the thirty-minute Superpole session, Rutter decided to wait until the final ten minutes, when the track was clear of other riders, before trying to steal pole.

Unfortunately, things didn't quite go according to plan...

Conditions deteriorated throughout the session and, when the twenty-eight-year-old former TT winner finally took to the track, visibility was severely limited by rain and mist. After improving on his earlier time, Rutter's session was cut short after an uncharacteristic mistake led to him crashing out at Clark Curve.

"I was pushing as hard as I dared in an attempt to grab pole, but the back of the bike came round on me, after I grabbed too much rear brake at Clarke Curve, and I ended up being flicked over the highside," said a disappointed, but uninjured, Rutter. "I wanted pole position so much this weekend and I think that's why things didn't quite work out as I'd hoped. The harder I tried, the slower I went and I couldn't seem to get myself into the groove during Superpole. But, at the end of the day, we're on the front row and I'm happy about that."

"We've got a good set-up for both wet and dry conditions so, as long as it's one or the other and not a mixture of the two, I think we'll be in for two good races tomorrow," continued Rutter, a rider renown for his mastery of wet weather riding. "The factory Kawasaki is working really well at Knockhill so, if I can get away from the line with the leaders, there's every chance that Team Kawasaki will be back on the podium this weekend."

Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster; "Conditions during qualifying and Superpole were particularly difficult today but Michael has shown, once again, just how good a wet weather rider he is.

"Securing a front row start for our loyal sponsors was our aim for today and, thanks to Michael's efforts this afternoon, we've achieved that aim. I'm confident that, whatever the weather throws at us tomorrow, Michael will be challenging for podium finishes in both races."



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