Michael Rutter now stands alone as the most successful rider in the history of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix after taking his seventh win in the prestigious street race. The 39 year old previously shared the record with Ron Haslam but a battling performance on Sunday ensured his place in history.
The RidersMotorcycles.com man didn't have it all his own way early on with Ian Hutchinson storming into the lead from third on the grid while Rutter disputed second with John McGuinness and Riders teammate Martin Jessopp.
Rutter eventually broke free and took the lead at Lisboa on lap four before stretching his lead. After his history-making success, Rutter paid tribute to the Pirelli tyres which carried him to victory.
“I'm over the moon to get this seventh win and I've got to say the tyres were absolutely faultless throughout the race with consistent grip and great stability.”
Jessopp managed to get the better of Hutchinson for second and echoed the comments of his teammate, saying that the tyres “were mint from lap one, no slides and they stayed consistent throughout with great handling stability.”
Hutchinson's third place was particularly impressive given his injury turmoil over the last 12 months, finishing just 6.8 seconds off the lead. Jeremy Toye was a lonely fourth while Gary Johnson pipped McGuinness on the line to take fifth.
James Storrar and Steve Mercer were seventh and tenth respectively, giving Britain seven top ten finishers but Manx rider Conor Cummins was forced to sit out the race due to illness.
City of Dreams Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 45th Edition
Race Result (10 Laps):
|3||Ian Hutchinson||GBR||Yamaha||Swan Yamaha||+6.847|
|4||Jeremy Toye||USA||Kawasaki||IGT Kawasaki Racing Team||+9.674|
|5||Gary Johnson||GBR||Suzuki||IGT Suzuki by TAS||+14.113|
|6||John McGuinness||GBR||Honda||Roadhouse SMT Honda||+14.314|
|7||James Storrar||GBR||BMW||IseeMacau.com BMW by DMR||+32.049|
|8||Michael Barnes||USA||Kawasaki||Attack Performance Kawasaki||+36.894|
|10||Steve Mercer||GBR||Honda||Jentin Racing||+41.713|
|11||James Hillier||GBR||Kawasaki||Mocha Club Bournemouth Kawasaki||+43.343|
|12||Michael Dunlop||GBR||Kawasaki||IGT Kawasaki Racing Team||+52.089|
|13||William Dunlop||GBR||Honda||Wilson Craig Racing||+1:05.051|
|14||Didier Grams||GER||Suzuki||Heidger-RTG-Suzuki Muller||+1:09.043|
|15||Sean Dwyer||USA||BMW||Locust-Lee's Cycle||+1:11.068|
|16||Stephen Thompson||GBR||Honda||Roadhouse T & R Motorsport||+1:13.786|
|17||Paul Shoesmith||GBR||BMW||PB Motorsport||+1:14.164|
|18||Mark Miller||USA||Aprilia||Splitlath Motorsport||+1:20.311|
|19||James McBride||GBR||BMW||PB Motorsport||+1:44.821|
|20||Michal Dokoupil||CZE||BMW||IseeMacau.com BMW by DMR||+2:04.331|
|Chris Clark||USA||Yamaha||Yes-Pcs-Graves Yamaha||+2 Laps|
|Horst Saiger||AUT||BMW||Penz13.com||+9 Laps|
|Conor Cummins||GBR||Kawasaki||IGT Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Failed To Qualify|
|Joao Fernandes||MAC||BMW||Team of Paris|
|Nuno Caetano||POR||Suzuki||HM Racing Team|
|Sou Sio Hong||MAC||Honda||SOU Sio Hong|