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Michael Rutter seals pole position at Macau

Michael Rutter claims pole at Macau from SMT Honda team-mate John McGuinnes, qualifying cut short due to fading light
Macau record-breaker Michael Rutter has secured pole position for tomorrow's 46th running of the infamous road race in Southern China.

Rutter maintained his momentum after topping the times in free practice this morning to seal the top spot on the SMT Honda Fireblade as he targets a record eighth victory on the unforgiving Guia street course.

The final qualifying session began late after a fatal accident in the Macau Touring Car Cup qualifying session, which casts a further cloud over the event after Portuguese competitor Luis Carreira was killed following an incident on his GSX-R1000 Suzuki during qualifying on Thursday.

Rutter edged fellow SMT Honda rider John McGuinness by 0.218s to claim the number one position on the grid as the session was cut short due to fading light.

Riders Ducati ace Martin Jessopp was third fastest, 1.742s down on Rutter's best lap of 2m 27.545s.

Rutter surpassed Ron Haslam in 2011 as the most successful rider ever at Macau as he clinched his seventh success in the Far East.

He completed eight laps before the red flags were deployed as darkness began to creep in at Macau.

Gary Johnson on the Quattro Plant Honda was fourth quickest followed by Conor Cummins (Tyco Suzuki), Horst Saiger (Saiger Racing Kawasaki) and Simon Andrews on the Ice Valley BMW.

Jimmy Storrar (DMR BMW), Dan Kneen (Marks Bloom Suzuki) and Bournemouth Kawasaki's Jamies Hillier were the first 10.

Steve Mercer was 14th on the T&R Motorsport Honda with Irishman Steve Heneghan 18th on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki.

Ulsterman Davy Morgan was 20th while Isle of Man TT top newcomer, Jamie Hamilton, missed the qualifying cut-off time on his RMP Performance Kawasaki.



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MGP - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 8:41 PM

Anyone got any video links for this year's event? Posted by Stoo www.sport5.cz/cz/porady.html?detail=macau-motorcycle-grand-prix 17.11.2012 - 08:25h(CET)



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