Michael Rutter admits he doesn't know whether he will be fit to race in this weekend's BSB meeting at Donington Park until he takes to the track for first practice. The Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati rider suffered broken ribs in an accident with Josh Brookes two weeks ago at Cadwell Park and hasn't fully recovered yet.
The 39 year old expects the 1198R to perform well at the Derby circuit and is desperate to take part whether he is 100% fit or not.
“I am looking forward to Donington Park as we haven't raced there since 2008, so it is really good to be going back and I just hope to be one hundred percent fit. I would say at the moment I am probably around seventy percent but I do feel better each day so I'll just have to wait and see what happens. My aim is to go out on Friday and do the first session and we’ll make a decision then. I think the Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati will be the perfect bike for Donington Park so I would love to be out there.”
Teammate Martin Jessopp's participation is under no doubt after one of his best events of the season at Cadwell Park. The Yeovil rider is looking to build on that momentum with another strong display this weekend.
“Donington Park should be a good round for us and we are improving and getting stronger all the time so there is no reason why we can't continue that way this weekend. I need to have a good qualifying session and then that means I will be giving myself less work to do in the race. I think if we then get a good start then hopefully we can get away with the leading group and that should give us a good chance for some more strong finishes.”