Tragedy Overshadows First Qualifying At Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix

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Michael Rutter holds provisional pole after the opening day of qualifying for the 46th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix but events were overshadowed by tragedy. Portuguese rider Luis Carreira was involved in a heavy accident which halted the session and he later passed away as a result of his injuries.

The accident occurred early in the session with Carreira crashing at Fisherman’s bend at 15:58 local time. No other riders were involved in the accident. The session was red flagged immediately and wouldn’t be restarted due to the gravity of the situation as Carreira swiftly received medical attention. Ten minutes after the accident had occurred, the 35 year old was admitted to hospital but despite continuous CPR, he succumbed to his injuries at 16:28 local time.

The tragic events have cast a shadow over this weekend’s race with Michael Rutter going in search of an eighth Macau Grand Prix victory. Martin Jessopp, former teammate of Rutter in British Superbikes and at Macau, was second fastest ahead of John McGuinness and Gary Johnson.

Despite the sad events of Thursday, the event will continue with the second qualifying session scheduled for 16:35 local time on Friday and the 15 lap race set to start at 15:30 local time on Saturday.


 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th Edition – First Qualifying Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Time/Gap
1  Michael Rutter Honda SMT Racing 2:28.326
2  Martin Jessopp Ducati Riders +1.634
3  John McGuinness Honda SMT Racing +2.611
4  Gary Johnson Honda Quattro Plant Motorsports +4.096
5  James Storrar BMW DMR +4.239
6  James Hillier Kawasaki Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing +5.049
7  Horst Saiger Kawasaki +5.290
8  Simon Andrews BMW Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade +5.462
9  Conor Cummins Suzuki Tyco Suzuki +5.484
10  Dan Kneen Suzuki Marks Bloom Racing +6.928
11  Steve Mercer Honda T & R Motorsport +7.863
12  Stephen Thompson BMW T & R Motorsport +8.076
13  James McBride BMW DMR +9.953
14  Branko Srdanov BMW Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade +10.045
15  Luis Carreira Suzuki Benimoto/Rider/Cetelem +10.233
16  Riko Penzkofer BMW Penz 13 +10.253
17  David Johnson Aprilia Splitlath Redmond +10.952
18  Nuno Caetano Suzuki KS Team Of Portugal +14.318
19  Mark Miller Aprilia Splitlath Redmond +14.362
Current Maximum Qualifying Time: 2:43.158 (+14.832)
20  Joao Fernandes BMW Penz 13 +16.873
21  Davy Morgan Suzuki CSC Racing +17.658
22  Rafael Paschoalin BMW TT Brazilian Team +18.566
23  Brandon Cretu Honda Hel Performance +18.568
24  Steve Heneghan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Motorsports +18.757
25  Fernando Costa Ducati Pon Pone Squadra +18.901
26  Sou Sio Hong Honda Sou Sio Hong +23.948
27  Yoshinari Matsushita BMW Penz 13 +1:53.860
28  Jamie Hamilton Kawasaki RPM Performance No Time
29  Didier Grams BMW German Team Heidger No Time


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