Team Kawasaki's Michael Rutter will start tomorrow's seventeen lap Superbike races from the third row of the grid, after a disappointing Superpole session at Cadwell Park this afternoon.

After completely destroying his number one bike in a spectacular practice crash yesterday, Rutter struggled to get himself back up to speed in time for today's twelve-lap Superpole shootout.

"The practice crash was definitely what you'd call a big one," said a disappointed Michael Rutter. "I lost the front coming onto Park Straight and I could see the bike cart wheeling towards the tyre wall as I was sliding down the track. The crash completely destroyed my number one bike, which has caused us a few problems today, and I was lucky to walk away uninjured."

"The team got one of the spare bikes set-up in time for qualifying but a misfire during Superpole meant I was forced to complete the session on yet another spare machine. I'm obviously disappointed to have only qualified on the third row of the grid but, despite all the setbacks today, I'll be giving it my all in both races tomorrow.

"Starting from the third row will make things a little more difficult than they might have been but, as long as I can make up a few places at the start, a podium finish could still be on the cards," continued the former TT winner.

"Superpole was disappointing, but we've got to put that behind us now and concentrate on tomorrow's two races," confirmed Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster. "A third row start isn't ideal but Michael is more than capable of fighting his way through the field during the course of a seventeen lap race, and I'm confident that he'll be on the pace from the off."

 

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