With another circuit shrouded by adverse conditions, Kawasaki rider Michael Rutter was left with just one 45-minute qualifying session to make his mark at Donington Park.

Fog settled over the Leicestershire circuit for most of the morning, cancelling any possibility of the BSB riders having enough track time to contemplate the scheduled Superpole session and, like Cadwell Park and Rockingham before it, Donington was reduced to just a single timed practice.

After pitting twice in quick succession to fix minor problems on the factory ZX-7RR, Rutter eventually qualified fifth fastest and will start the final two races of the season from the second row of the grid.

"We had a couple of minor niggles early on in the session but, once we'd got those sorted, we were able to start putting in some fast laps," he said, "I thought I'd done enough to secure a front row start but, unfortunately, Paul Brown managed to sneak in a fast lap right at the death, pushing us back to row two. Starting from the second row isn't ideal, but the factory Kawasaki works well around Donington's sweeps and curves and, with a good start, I'm confident that we can make a return to the podium tomorrow."

"Michael did well to put the problems at the start of the session to the back of his mind and concentrate on the job in hand," team manager Simon Buckmaster commented, "He's proved on more than one occasion this season that he's a quick starter and I'm certain that we'll see him come through from the second row to challenge for a podium finish tomorrow."

Champion elect John Reynolds will start both races from pole on his Reve Red Bull Ducati.



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