Team Kawasaki head for the all-new Rockingham Speedway in Northamptonshire this weekend, for the penultimate round of the 2001 British Superbike Championship.

Currently lying seventh in the series, team rider Michael Rutter knows that he needs to rack up two good results this weekend, if his goal of a top five championship position is to be realised at season's end.

"After failing to finish both races at Mallory Park, I've got a mountain to climb if I'm to retake fifth place in the championship," said former Grand Prix star, and TT winner, Michael Rutter. "However, we were well on the pace during the recent test at Rockingham and, with the problems we experienced at Mallory now well and truly sorted, I'm confident that I can secure the results I need this weekend."

"Although there are still a couple of outstanding safety issues that need to be addressed, Rockingham is a fun circuit to ride," continued the 28-year-old West Midlander. "It's just a shame that we're not racing round the oval circuit on Sunday - with the factory Kawasaki being one of the fastest bikes on the grid, I'd definitely be on for a win if that were the case!"

Despite the bad luck that dogged the team at Mallory Park, Team Manager, Simon Buckmaster, is cautiously optimistic about this weekend's round at Rockingham.

"Obviously we were disappointed with two retirements at Mallory Park, but you make your own luck in racing and everyone in the team has worked extremely hard to ensure that we don't suffer similar problems again," said former Grand Prix and World Endurance rider, Simon Buckmaster. "Team morale remains high going into the penultimate round of the series at Rockingham and Michael is still determined to secure a top five finish in the championship standings this season. Although he's left himself with a lot of work to do, I'm confident that Michael will be a lot closer to his goal after this weekend."



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