Easton Marks Macau Return With Pole Position


Stuart Easton will start as the favourite for a fourth Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix victory tomorrow after claiming pole position on Friday. After a three year absence, Easton picked up exactly where he left off in 2010, snatching pole in the closing minutes of today’s second qualifying session from Milwaukee Yamaha’s Michael Rutter.

Easton took three consecutive victories at the Guia circuit between 2008 and 2010 before injuries stepped in his way and the Scotsman is intent on a fourth win tomorrow, although he expects fierce competition from Rutter.

“It’s nice to be back, especially on pole position. That’s what we wanted to do today. Michael never made it easy at all. I felt comfortable on the bike, it’s just a matter of getting used to the circuit again after quite a long spell away. I think (the grip) is slowly getting there for the race tomorrow.”

Rutter, an eight-time Macau GP victor, will line up second on tomorrow’s grid and remains confident for tomorrow’s 12 lap contest despite missing out on pole.

“It’s really important to be on front row, that’s what matters. It would have been nice to have pole position, but I did think Stuart might just sneak past me. Hopefully it’ll be a good race tomorrow. It’s going to be a hard one!”

Lee Johnston will start third on his Pirtek Pro Bolt Honda with 2013 winner Ian Hutchinson fourth having lapped 2.3s slower than his PBM teammate Easton in qualifying. James Storrar will start fifth with Austria’s Horst Saiger the only realistic threat to Britain’s 15 year Macau GP winning streak, starting from sixth spot.

 

SUNCITY GROUP MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX – 48th EDITION (QUALIFYING RESULT)
POS RIDER TEAM BEST TIME
1 5  STUART EASTON PBM BY THE VENETIAN HOTEL 2:25.975
2 2  MICHAEL RUTTER MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 2:26.478
3 69  LEE JOHNSTON PIRTEK PRO BOLT HONDA 2:27.096
4 1  IAN HUTCHINSON PBM BY THE VENETIAN HOTEL 2:28.285
5 15  JAMES STORRAR DMR RACING 2:28.506
6 3  HORST SAIGER SAIGER-RACING.COM 2:28.920
7 7  GARY JOHNSON QUATTRO PLANT/MONEX EUROPE 2:28.952
8 40  MARTIN JESSOPP RIDERS MOTORCYCLES BMW 2:29.408
9 13  STEVE MERCER PENZ13.COM BMW MOTORRAD 2:29.978
10 4  JOHN McGUINNESS PIRTEK PRO BOLT HONDA 2:29.986
11 26  DIDIER GRAMS HEIDGER-MOTORSPORT.DE 2:30.136
12 20  DANIEL COOPER DMR RACING 2:30.741
13 22  STEPHEN THOMPSON PENZ13.COM BMW MOTORRAD 2:31.015
14 8  ROMAN STAMM TEAM BOLLIGER SWITZERLAND 2:31.189
15 44  JAMIE HAMILTON WILSON CRAIG RACING 2:31.494
16 60  PETER HICKMAN ICE VALLEY BY MOTORSAVE TRADE 2:31.952
17 19  MARC FISSETTE HEIDGER-MOTORSPORT.DE 2:32.430
18 111  BRIAN McCORMACK BURROWS ENGINEERING RACING 2:32.509
19 62  ALLAN-JON VENTER CF32/MACO RACING TEAM 2:32.516
20 9  JAMES McBRIDE JV RACING 2:32.872
21 11  PAUL SHOESMITH ICE VALLEY BY MOTORSAVE TRADE 2:33.059
22 54  STEVE HENEGHAN QUATTRO PLANT/MONEX EUROPE 2:34.065
23 10  MARK MILLER SPLITLATH MOTORSPORTS 2:34.138
24 71  DAVY MORGAN CMS RACING 2:35.201
25 88  BRANDON CRETU SPLITLATH MOTORSPORTS 2:35.407
26 12  SANDOR BITTER VRS RACING 2:36.177
27 83  GRAHAM ENGLISH TIVA ENGINEERING LTD 2:36.262
28 18  NUNO CAETANO FMP TEAM PORTUGAL 2:37.563
29 14  ANDRE PIRES CF32/MACO RACING TEAM 2:38.300
30 65  MICHAEL SWEENEY BURROWS ENGINEERING RACING 2:38.375
31 31  ROBERT DANIEL KRUGER TITANIC KAWASAKI BY PENZ13.COM 2:38.865
MAXIMUM QUALIFYING TIME: 2:40.572