Michael Rutter returns home with his ISILON MSS Discovery Kawasaki squad for this weekend's Bennetts British Superbike round at Mallory Park. The 34-year-old double BSB runner-up lives just outside the gates of 'The Friendly Circuit' in Leicestershire and he will be aiming for a good performance while his injured left wrist heals. Meanwhile team-mate Stuart Easton will be looking for some good luck to finally fulfil the promise he's shown on the rapidly-improving Ninja ZX-6R.
Michael Rutter, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
"The wrist is actually a little bit better this week. I think it did me a bit of good riding at Oulton Park last weekend, as it seems to have strengthened the muscles. That's good, as despite being a short track, Mallory's actually quite physical now thanks to the chicanes. I'm not sure what results we'll get and I won't know how the wrist will hold up until first practice tomorrow. It's going to be hard work anywhere with this wrist, so personally, I'm hoping for wet conditions as things may be a little bit easier for me."
Stuart Easton, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
"I wouldn't say Mallory Park is my favourite circuit, but it's a tough little track and that may open up a chance for us to do well. It's got lots of chicanes and is hard work for everybody, but I think it could be a tough race for all the MAXXIS British Supersport contenders, so we should have a fighting chance of the podium that we deserve. The bike's good under braking so with all the braking zones things could go well for us."
Nick Morgan, Team owner
"The boys have worked hard to get Michael's Ninja ZX-10Rs together in time for this weekend's races, so let's hope it's our turn for some good luck. I know we say it every weekend, but it's really time for us to get that podium that Stuart's been threatening for some time now. Fingers crossed we can do the business."
Jack Valentine, Race Team Manager
"It would be nice to get some good luck this weekend. We all believe it's simply a matter of time before we get the podium in Supersport so maybe this weekend? Either way, we need that result and we had one on cards at Oulton until the DNF. On the Superbike Michael's confident he's feeling a lot better which is positive. Really we want to get Michael on the pace this weekend then get him 100% for Croft when we should have the improved engines. We want to challenge in the top six or eight on the day at Mallory."
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