Michael Rutter is chasing a 14th North West 200 win after qualifying on the front row for the Superbike and Superstock races.

The 44-year-old last tasted success at the event in the Superstock class in 2012 and Rutter has been in excellent form this year on his Bathams SMT BMW machines.

He will start the Superstock races on Saturday from second place on the grid and qualified third in the Superbike class behind Alastair Seeley and Michael Dunlop in an all-BMW front row, lapping at 121.648mph.

"We had a lot of work to do with the Superbike as it hadn't turned a wheel before we got here so I was a little bit surprised to end up on the front row," Rutter said.

"There's still work we can do to improve it and make it feel like the Superstock bike but we're not a million miles away so should be set for two good races.

"The Superstock bike is on rails and it's really good. Obviously, having ridden it in the British Championship has helped and whilst it was a shame Thursday evening's race didn't take place, we've got two bites of the cherry now on Saturday."

Rutter finished ninth in the opening Supersport race on Thursday riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R but was struggling for top speed.

"As for the Supersport bike, we're a little bit down on power compared to the other bikes out there and I was a little bit disappointed with ninth," he said.

"John [McGuinness] and I were running at a similar pace and we couldn't quite keep up with the leading pack but it was good to get the first race under our belts.

"I'm now looking forward to Saturday's racing and every race is going to be hard fought."



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