The ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki squad are back to their full complement of riders as the team returns to Oulton Park for round eight of the Bennetts British Superbike series. Michael Rutter has missed two rounds due to a broken wrist sustained at Snetterton back in May. Subbing at Mondello and Knockhill for Rutter on the Superbike was team-mate Stuart Easton, who impressed the team with his commitment and consistency on the litre bike. He will now be allowed to concentrate on scoring podiums on the improving Ninja ZX-6R.
Michael Rutter, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
"The wrist isn't too bad at the moment. The plaster came off on Monday and it seems to be a lot better. Obviously it's not 100% right but I'm fit to race. As far as results go, I'm just going to see how it goes and hopefully get some good results. I love Oulton Park, it's a brilliant track, although for someone returning from injury it's quite a physical circuit, especially with the new chicane in place. Still, I'm going to be giving 100% as always."
Stuart Easton, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
"I've enjoyed riding the Superbike but I'm now quite pleased that I can simply concentrate on the 600. We were in quite good shape at Knockhill despite the DNF, so I want to build on that around Oulton, which is one of my favourite tracks. With more punch from the Ninja ZX-6R we should be in a position to hustle for a podium. That's the aim."
Nick Morgan, Team owner
"We're very happy to have Michael back after missing those two races out due to injury. What it has shown us is that Stuart can do the job on a Superbike, which we're all very pleased about. We're back to full strength this weekend and raring to go."
Jack Valentine, Race Team Manager
"The 600 has had some work done on the dyno so now it's got a bit more punch so let's hope we can improve our race performance on the ZX-6R. It's crucial for us to see where Michael's fitness is on the Superbike and we hope he notices improvements on the bike, as he's yet to ride the ZX-10R with the new airbox and trumpets in place. Both riders love the track and it's my 'home' round really. So let's hope we get some results and also get some good weather as we don't want a wet/dry lottery like Knockhill was."
Stuart Simmonds, Joint Team Owner
"It's important to see how Michael's wrist holds up to the stresses of Oulton Park, but it's good to have him back and the team at full strength. Let's hope Stuart can get that podium!"
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