Michael Rutter has now made it onto the circuit in the British Superbike Championship riding a Rob Mac Yamaha, a Worx Crescent Suzuki, the SMT Honda and the MSS Colchester Kawasaki. He has now been given the chance to ride at the last two rounds of the season on a Ducati at Silverstone and Oulton Park.
Rutter said to the BSB site;
“I haven’t been to the last two rounds and have been forced to watch it on TV and I have missed being out there. I have had a few offers but for one reason or another they haven’t worked out and I was desperate to get back out there for the final two rounds.
Alistair Kennedy still had our two Ducatis from last season and we spoke several times and decided if we could get the sponsorship together that we would get them back out again for the final rounds. I have been able to secure backing from some local sponsors to me including Bathams, Blackhorse Finance and Shoei helmets and then we hit the target to be able to come back.
It’s definitely good to be bringing Ducati back to the championship; my dad won with Ducati and I have won several races with them, including on this bike last year at Mallory Park so we know we should be competitive. We have a completely new set-up within the team; ‘Desmo’ Dave Allenby will be with me who used to work with GSE Racing and Neill Mansell from Laverty’s side of the team from last year is coming back.
I had to ride a Ducati this year as then I will have ridden everything! We just missed the podium at Silverstone last season and I want to come back and make an impression as soon as I can.”
Rutter will be riding his former NW200 Ducati in The Bathams Brewery livery.