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Rutter tops times in second free practice at Macau

SMT Honda rider Michael Rutter has bit between his teeth in FP2 at Macau Grand Prix, Martin Jessopp and John McGuinness in pursuit
Michael Rutter's bid to claim a record eighth victory at the Macau Grand Prix remains on course after the West Midlands rider topped the second free practice session this morning.

Rutter was fastest on the SMT Honda Fireblade from last year's surprise package Martin Jessopp on the Riders Ducati, with John McGuinness rounding out the top three on the second of Robin Croft's SMT Honda machines.

Veteran British Superbike star Rutter's top time of 2m 27.337s put him 1.222s ahead of Jessopp, with McGuiness 1.664s off Rutter's pace.

The free practice session was pencilled in today after qualifying was marred yesterday by the tragic death of Portuguese rider Luis Carreira, who died from injuries sustained in a fall early in opening qualifying.

The organisers opted to postpone the session until today.

Rutter has also been leading the times yesterday from Jessopp and McGuinness until the red flags came out around 10 minutes after qualifying began.

This morning, the leading six was completed by Simon Andrews on the Ice Valley BMW, Tyco Suzuki's Conor Cummins and Gary Johnson on the Quattro Plant Honda, who was four seconds down on Rutter.

Circuit rookie Jamie Hamilton, this year's top newcomer at the Isle of Man TT, was 19th fastest on the RPM Performance Kawasaki ZX-10.

Another newcomer from Northern Ireland, Lee Johnston, has been ruled out of the event after his RMP Performance Ducati Panigale suffered extensive damage in a crash on Thursday.



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