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Same old story for sorry Rutter
2:00pm Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
MICHAEL Rutter has admitted the season can’t end quick enough after enduring another frustrating weekend at Silverstone.
The Superbikes racer arrived at the Northamptonshire track hot after one of his most depressing weekends of the year last time out — failing to record a single point at Assen.
With less than five days separating round 10 and 11 and Rutter and his MSS Bathams Kawasaki team having to get their equipment back from Holland, there was little time to regroup ahead of the Silverstone showdown.
The quick turnaround left Rutter facing all-too familiar problems with his machinery at the Northamptonshire track.
As a result the 37-year-old could only finish 16th and 18th in his penultimate foray into action this season and cut a frustrated figure post race.
He said: “I’ve not really got anything good to say.
“It’s pretty disappointing because we had another unspectacular race where we’ve finished absolutely nowhere.
“In the first race we took a gamble and it didn’t work for us and to be honest you start to wonder whether anything will come right for us this season because we’ve had a tough one.
“We weren’t able to sort things after Assen, there was not much time in between races and the changes we made didn’t work.
“I would say it’s a frustrating way to come into our final race of the season but it’s been like this all year.
“Motivation isn’t an issue, it never is — I love what I’m doing, it would be nice for the bike to be doing a little more for us out there because at the moment it’s giving us nothing.”
With the paddock at large unsure of what tyre to chose in the opening race of the day at Silverstone, Rutter admitted his roll of the dice had backfired.
He said: “We went from 26th on the grid to 18th in the first race so at least we made an improvement. We lost our way big style, we made a lot of changes in qualifying which didn’t go right.
“We struggled with the tyres and so did a lot of the other guys. We went for the soft compound and some teams can make it work and some can’t — we struggled a bit with that.”
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