MORE POINTS FOR RUTTER AT OULTON PARK
Stobart Motorsport rider Michael Rutter added to his points tally by scoring a sixth and seventh place finish in round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship held at a hot and sunny Oulton Park, Cheshire today.
Riding the VK and Vent Axia backed Honda Fireblade the 33 year old Midlander qualified on row two of the grid before following up a sixth place finish in the opening 17 lap race with a battling seventh place in leg two to end the day in eighth place in the Championship.
"For some reason, the bike didn't feel quite right in the second race and I'm a bit disappointed as I'd hoped for a better result here. I was sixth in the first one but not near enough to make a race of it, but at least we've scored some more points."
Meanwhile team mate Michael Laverty was hoping to be challenging for a podium position following last weekend's impressive performance at Knockhill but after finishing seventh in the opening race the 25 year old Ulsterman saw his hopes ended in leg two when he crashed out at the Brittens Chicane. As a result Laverty lies in seventh in the Championship and commented:
"I just steadily improved all weekend. I was happy enough with seventh in the first one but thought I could have improved on that in the second one so I was disappointed to slide off. I clipped a kerb trying to pass Lavilla."
Team owner Paul Bird left Oulton Park a disappointed man after once again leaving a British Superbike meeting without any silverware. "To say I'm disappointed is a massive understatement as we know that our bikes are competitive and are certainly fast enough. There's only so long that I can put up with these lowly results and that time is rapidly approaching. We will be having a team meeting this week to decide where we go from here" said the Penrith businessman.
The next round of the Championship takes place on August 12th/13th at Croft, North Yorkshire.
Superbike Race One Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 27m16.848s, 2, Leon Haslam (Ducati) +4.673s, 3, Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +5.805s, 4, Shane Byrne (Suzuki) +11.573s, 5, Jonathan Rea (Honda) +12.536s, 6, Michael Rutter (Stobart Honda) +22.649s, 7, Michael Laverty (Stobart Honda) +23.180s, 8, Scott Smart (Suzuki) +30.844s, 9, Billy McConnell (Yamaha) +33.927s, 10, Craig Coxhell (Kawasaki) +34.099s.
Superbike Race Two Result
1, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 27m14.948s, 2, Karl Harris (Honda) +2.786s, 3, Leon Haslam (Ducati) +5.766s, 4, Jonathan Rea (Honda) +9.633s, 5, Shane Byrne (Suzuki) +12.383s, 6, Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +20.953s, 7, Michael Rutter (Stobart Honda) +33.139s, 8, Glen Richards (Honda) +42.029s, 9, Ben Wilson (Suzuki) +42.271s, 10, Gary Mason (Honda) +42.369s.