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McGuinness expected better at Macau Grand Prix

22 November 2012

John McGuinness was disappointed to miss out on a rostrum place at the Macau Grand Prix.

The 19-times Isle of Man TT winner from Morecambe crossed the line in seventh place after overshooting at Lisboa as he attempted to make a pass on Gary Johnson for fourth.

McGuinness, who was riding for the SMT Honda team at Macau, had qualified in second position behind team-mate and race winner, Michael Rutter.

“To be honest, after being fastest in free practice and then qualifying in second behind my team-mate, I'm disappointed not to have made it on to the podium,” said McGuinness.

“I was running at the front in all of the sessions and my pace was very strong but I was keen to get by Gary and it was my own fault as I simply made a mistake and outbraked myself going into Lisboa.

“I got going again but had lost a lot of ground so just brought the bike home,” he added.

“I proved that I was competitive throughout the meeting though and both the bike and the team were fantastic throughout so a big thanks to them.”

The TT legend passed on his condolences to the family of Portuguese rider Luis Carreira, who was killed in an accident during first qualifying.

“Obviously, the whole event was overshadowed by the death of Luis and it's a great loss to the sport and more so to all his friends and family so my thoughts and deepest condolences go out to them at this very sad time,” he said.

Rutter won the event for the eighth time to move further ahead of Ron Haslam as the most successful rider ever to compete at Macau.

McGuinness is among a plethora of the sport's top names due to attend the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC in Birmingham, which commences on Saturday and runs until December 2.


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