Getting a taste for it
Rutter’s young gun gets his first test on the Supersport 300 bike
2017 YAMAHA YZF-R3 HARRIS BEECH BRITISH SUPERSPORT 300
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Harris says the brakes will take some getting used to
He’s saddled with the novice bib for 10 separate race days. But hopefully not his dad’s leathers... STORY SO FAR Bathams Racing provide the funds, Rutter provides the wisdom and the team, and backs a local hotshot kid in Brit Supersport 300.