BSB: Rutter considering Superbike return

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MCE British Superbike veteran Michael Rutter is considering a return to the superbike class for the 2017 season alongside his international road racing commitments. 

Remaining with the Bathams supported SMT BMW squad, Rutter has confirmed he will race at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT but is yet to 100% commit to which British series he will race in.

Last year he stepped down to the National Superstock 1000 class and is, at present, set to continue in the production-focused class but he hasn’t ruled out competing in the superbike class at some events.


“We have built a superbike spec BMW and will ride it in the first BSB test at Donington next week,” he explained when confirming his return to the North West 200 in May. “If we get on OK we will consider doing some BSB rounds.

“Last year the superbike hadn’t turned a wheel before we arrived at the North West. We developed the bike al year and showed how good it was in Macau. We have continued to develop it over the winter so it should be a good bike.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing