Posted: 31 Mar 2014
Michael Rutter will switch to BMW-power for the 2014 British Superbike Championship as he remains with Ian Woollacott’s Batham’s sponsored outfit.
The twenty-eight time British Superbike winner is joined by Swiss rider Patric Muff, who returns to the series after being unable to secure a ride in 2013. Muff originally joined British Superbikes in 2011 with Woollacott’s Quay Garage squad before moving to the Supersonic BMW team alongside Tommy Bridewell in 2012.
Rutter endured one of his worst British Superbike seasons ever last year, riding for the Batham’s IWR team aboard Honda machinery, finishing eighteenth in the championship with just four top ten finishes. Ditching the uncompetitive CBR1000RR, the forty-two year old is raring to go this season with BMW’s S 1000 RR.
This move will see five BMW S 1000 RR machines on the grid in 2014 as the Bathams squad joins the BMW Motorrad-backed Buildbase team set to run three-time BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari alongside James Westmoreland plus Martin Jessopp on the Riders BMW.