Rutter's promising Oulton ruined by crash

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After all their technical issues that plagued the Bathams Ducati at Silverstone, Michael Rutter and his makeshift crew finally got the vee-twin running sweetly at Oulton but it all ended in tears when he slipped off at Cascades in the final BSB race of the season.

Rutter said: It’s such a shame. We’d finally got the bike running well and I was really hoping for a good result to end the year.” 

Rutter had raced the bike in the previous weekend’s Stars at Darley just to try and sort the machine ready for Oulton and technician ‘Desmo’ Dave Allenby finally eradicated a misfire with the Ducati coming off the startline during the BSB weekend.

Rutter said: “I’m glad the season is finished. I need to sit down and work out who’s loaned me what these past few weeks and get everything back to them!”

Rutter has the unenviable record of riding all five different marques of machine in one season since – with no full time ride since quitting the ill-fated NW200 Yamaha team early in the year – he’s just taken whatever opportunities have presented themselves.

“I’ve no idea what I’m going to do next year,” he said. “There’s some options out there but I may end up putting my own team together. I’m certainly not ready to quit.”

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Gary Pinchin

By Gary Pinchin