Michael Rutter joins Gearlink Kawasaki for Brands Hatch

The Gearlink Kawasaki team have today announce that MCE British Superbike Championship veteran, Michael Rutter, will ride for them at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The team were left without a rider following the shock departure of Joe Burns after the opening round of the new season at Donington Park.

Rutter steps-in having been unable to find a rider for the 2015 season following his departure from the Bathams IWR BMW team mid-way through last year.

Team boss, Michael de Bidaph, said: “After the totally unexpected decision by Joe Burns to leave the team, at Donington Park, we are thrilled to announce that we will have Michael Rutter on board the Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-10R at Brands Hatch.

“Michael and the team know that it will be extremely tough as Michael has not yet tested the Superbike. There will be total commitment from Michael Rutter, myself and the whole team. We very much look forward to working with Michael and hope that our association will continue throughout the 2015 season.”

Rutter will ride the Gearlink Kawasaki for the first time this Friday, taking part in the first two practice sessions of the weekend.

All of the racing action takes place this Sunday with race 1 scheduled for a 13:30 start. Race 2 is then expected to get underway at 16:30.