Team Kawasaki's Michael Rutter heads for Lincolnshire this bank holiday weekend, for round nine of the British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park. The picturesque, but demanding, Lincolnshire circuit is traditionally the best attended British Superbike round of the season, with over 30,000 fans expected on bank holiday Monday, to see Britain's leading riders tacking the infamous Cadwell Mountain.

After a successful midweek test at the Lincolnshire circuit, former Grand Prix rider, Rutter is quietly confident of a good showing on the factory Kawasaki ZX-7RR this weekend.

"Cadwell Park is really two circuits in one," commented Rutter. "The back part of the circuit is fast and flowing but the section from the bottom of the Mountain to Barn corner is extremely tight and twisty. It can be difficult to get the bike to work on both parts of the circuit but, after setting the third quickest time during testing at Cadwell last week, I'm
confident that we've found a set-up that will see us on the pace from the off."

"With the constant changes of direction, Cadwell is hard work on a Superbike, especially if you don't get a good start," continued the 28-year-old West Midlander. "There aren't that many places to pass and, if you're slow away from the line, it can be difficult to move up through the field. If I can get away with the leaders in both races, then I'm confident that I'll be battling for a podium finish on the last lap. After missing out on the podium at the last two rounds I really need two good finishes at Cadwell - the champagne supply at home desperately needs replenishing!"

The news that his former Kawasaki team-mate, Steve Plater, is set to make his return to the British Superbike Championship with a different team at Cadwell hasn't fazed Rutter in the slightest.

"It will be good to see Steve back on a Superbike again and, with Cadwell being his local circuit, I'm sure he'll be on the pace this weekend. The championship is tight at the moment, so Steve's presence on the grid could play right into my hands, as he's more than capable of stealing points off my main championship rivals."

"Since the last outing at Knockhill, we've concentrated on finding a set-up that would allow Michael to lap as quickly at the start of the race as he does at the end," commented Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster, who lives within earshot of the Cadwell Park circuit. "After finishing third fastest in last week's test, I'm confident that the changes we've made to the factory Kawasaki will now allow Michael to run at the front from the start. If he gets away from the line cleanly, I'm sure he'll be challenging the leaders in both races this weekend."

 

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