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Rutter plans BSB fight-back at Cadwell Park

Rutter plans BSB fight-back at Cadwell Park

Rutter plans BSB fight-back at Cadwell Park

Michael Rutter is hot on the charge for the THINK! British Superbike title as the action switches to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for the Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August, eleventh round - the HM Plant Honda rider goes into the two races full of confidence after his winning double last time out.

Those victories at Croft put Rutter back on track to go head-to-head with John Reynolds in a title shoot-out. The Rizla Suzuki rider saw his lead in the series cut to 50 points by the determined Rutter, and that leaves all to play for, with 150 points still at stake.

Victories are the key for Rutter as he continues his high speed game of catch-up while Reynolds has the comparative luxury of being able to consider consolidation by taking strong points from safe finishes. That, however is not something the Suzuki rider normally considers as part of his game plan. For Reynolds, racing is about one thing, and that is winning.

Rutter also has to be intent on winning both races at the tight, narrow and twisting circuit, with its 'mountain' section over which the bikes are momentarily airborne, and adding to the pressures on him is that for Honda this is their 'home' race as the team is based at nearby Louth.

Local support will also have high expectations of Steve Plater – the Woodhall Spa rider, now fully recovered from the arm injuries that wrecked his season, is looking for a strong results aboard the Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha. He rates Cadwell Park as a favourite and is looking to use local knowledge to good effect.

"This is the most awesome circuit in the country - there is no feeling in the world like screaming over the mountain with your front wheel in the air," smiled Plater who is hoping for a top three finish, something that could be difficult given the strength of the opposition.

His team-mate James Haydon is intent on adding a second victory of the campaign - he adds spice to the front-running duels along with Scott Smart who is excelling aboard the Hawk Kawasaki. A couple of victories in his last six races have strengthened his grip on third place in the title stakes.

Keep an eye also on Yukio Kagayama - the Japanese rider has a point to prove here following a disappointing time in the previous round. The Suzuki rider is determined to conquer the circuit where last season a heavy crash left him with serious injuries. Kagayama has not tasted the winner's champagne since May and his fourth place in the standings is coming under fire from Sean Emmett riding the MonsterMob Ducati.

Meanwhile, in the Superbike Cup, the series within the championship for Independent teams and riders, James Ellison, the 23-year-old Cumbrian rider who made his MotoGP debut in the Czech Republic round, will be bidding for a fifth winning double to ease further clear of Dennis Hobbs and John Kirkham.

Leading positions - THINK! British Superbike Championship after round 10:

1. John Reynolds 362
2. Michael Rutter 312
3. Scott Smart 276
4. Yukio Kagayama 249
5. Sean Emmett 240
6. Ryuichi Kiyonari 150
7. Dean Thomas 132
8. James Haydon 132
9. Tommy Hill 105
10. Gary Mason 95.

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MotoGP, 2004

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