Macau: PBM Kawasaki celebrates double podium

Conor Cummins and Ian Hutchinson finished second and third at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix, securing a double podium for the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki team
Conor Cummins refused to be too disappointed to miss out on victory in the 43rd running of the Macau Grand Prix after being unable to make his last gasp move for the lead stick.

Riding with the Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki team for this year's event, Cummins qualified alongside Stuart Easton, but was left chasing the Scot when he made a break during the opening few bends.

Although Easton would set a scintillating lap record pace, Cummins maintained his form to begin reeling in his rival when the Honda rider began to suffer tyre woes.

Making his move on the penultimate lap, Cummins edged into the lead, but Easton was able to collect himself again to snatch the position back before holding on to the chequered flag. Despite this, Cummins was pleased with the result.

"There was some confusion at the start of the race and by the time I got going, I'd been held up which had allowed Stuart to build a big lead but little by little, I reeled him in and took the lead going into Fishermans on the last lap but one.

“I thought I could hold him off but Stuart has a lot of experience around here and I got a bad run through the backmarkers so he got by me again but I'm happy enough with second place. The bike has been great and the team is fantastic and I'm delighted with the result."

A successful day all round for the PBM team, Cummins' team-mate Ian Hutchinson joined him on the podium after a run to third position.

"I got held up early on and by then, both Stuart and Conor had gone but after a bit of a battle with Gary Johnson, I ended up having a lonely race.

“I had to get used to the Pirelli tyres as their characteristics are different to the Dunlops I've been using and also I had to learn the Kawasaki so to finish on the podium is fantastic. We're off out for a few beers tonight and to spend the podium bonus Birdy has promised me...!"

"My lads rode fantastic but you've got to hand it to Stuart again,” added Paul Bird. “Conor rode well for a big lad with not much experience round here and I thought he could do it but the backmarkers cost him dearly. Hutchy did a great job and dug deep to get us third place so I'm pleased for all of them. It's one of Kawasaki's best results of the season and fully vindicates us bringing the team here."

Tagged as: Kawasaki , Easton , Macau , Bird , cummins , hutchinson

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