Renegade Ducati riders Michael Rutter and Sean Emmett hope to make the most of their wild card rides in the Silverstone round of the World Superbike Championship to get their British series challenge back on track.

Struggling to stop the Shane Byrne steamroller that is threatening to make the BSB a one-horse race, the Red Bull-backed duo are delighted that their entries for the 15 June round of the WSBK have been accepted as the increased amount of track time could help them unlock the set-up secrets of their respective race bikes.

"I'll certainly be making good use of the massive amount of track time that we'll be getting," Emmett admitted, "but I'm not going just to make up the numbers. Things haven't gone my way so far, but I aim to qualify well and run at the front in both races."

Rutter, an accomplished street racer, revealed that he turned down a lucrative offer to contest TT week on the Isle of Man in order to race at Silverstone, but admits that the choice was an easy one to make.

"The TT would have given me the opportunity to have earned a lot of money, but the experience that I and the team can gain from the WSBK round is much more valuable in terms of experience and my future career," he explained.

Team boss Mark Griffiths denied suggestions that the struggle to win races in the BSB would not be helped by a WSBK outing, claiming that the Silverstone and Brands Hatch international events were always on the team's schedule.

"We would have entered them both regardless of the position of our riders within the British Championship," he insisted, "The experience is far too valuable for us to miss out on."

The next round of the British Superbike Championship takes place on the Brands Hatch GP circuit the weekend after the WSBK visits Silverstone.

 

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