Michael Rutter stormed to two podium finishes in rounds seven and eight of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday, but the Team Renegade Ducati rider left the Cheshire circuit disappointed not to have taken a race win.

Second away from the line in the opening race, Rutter hung onto the rear of race leader, Shane Byrne, for the first eight laps, before handling problems forced him to slow and accept 20 points for second place.

In race two, the 30-year-old West Midlander was involved in a battle for second place with John Reynolds, but handling problems struck again in the closing stages of the race and Rutter was forced to settle for third, and the final position on the podium.

"Second and third may seem like reasonable finishes, but we came here this weekend to win, so I'm not particularly happy about the results," said Rutter. "Because we've had a few problems with set-up this weekend I had to muscle the bike around in both races and you just can't ride a Ducati that way. But, we learn more about the bike at every meeting and I'm confident we'll have things sorted for Knockhill."



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