BSB: Rutter safe (for now) at Worx Suzuki

Veteran rider gets stay of execution, as the BSB circus heads to Knockhill

MICHAEL RUTTER'S Worx Suzuki ride is safe for now as the vetreran racer will contest the sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill next weekend.

Knockhill will be Rutter's third ride for the team as stand-in rider while Sylvain Guintoli recovers from the injuries he sustained at Donington Park in May.

At Thruxton a couple of weeks ago Rutter, who was drafted into the team just two days before the event, qualified the GSX-R1000 on the front row of the grid, then went on to claim two fifth place finishes.

Last weekend, at Snetterton, Rutter was again on the pace in practice, finishing second fastest. However a sudden downpour of rain in qualifying saw Rutter relegated to the fourth row of the grid. In the first race Rutter pushed his way through to finish seventh and was again quickly up into the top-ten in the second race when technical issues forced a DNF.

Jack Valentine, Team Manager, said: “We said before Snetterton that Michael's performance there would determine whether he'd stay with the team. My feeling is that, because of the technical issues we encountered, Michael didn't get a fair crack of the whip and – supported by the times he did – he deserves another go.”

Rutter added: “I'm delighted to be back with the team for another round. I'm enjoying working with them and as I've said before, the Suzuki is a great bike. Hopefully this time we can secure the podium finishes we've been looking for."

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