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Rutter reflects on difficult week in Macau

'I must pass on my thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Luis Carreira... It marred the rest of the week but as we all know in racing we have to keep strong and carry on' - Michael Rutter
Macau Grand Prix master Michael Rutter has reflected on a difficult week in the Far East after the event was marred by the death of Luis Carreira.

Mr Carreira was killed following an incident during qualifying at the event.

A regular at Macau, the Portuguese rider had previously competed at the Isle of Man TT and North West 200.

Rutter, who extended his record tally of victories at Macau to eight with a dominant ride on the SMT Honda, said: “Firstly I must pass on my thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Luis Carreira, who we sadly lost in the first qualifying session.

“It marred the rest of the week but as we all know in racing we have to keep strong and carry on.

“It was a mixed week with accidents and also weather problems that seemed to put delays on everything,” added the British Superbike stalwart.

“It's hard to keep focused and in the zone when session are cancelled or postponed.

“The week seemed a long one as the other sessions were delayed after darkness fell and then the race delayed due to wet weather.

“I'm really pleased with how everything went on the Jezac SMT Honda, everyone worked really well together and despite not riding a Honda for a few years everything felt good from the off.”

The West Midlands rider, who has been linked with a move to the Honda TT Legends team in 2013, outlined his intention to return to Macau in a bid to increase his brilliant run of success at the renowned road race.

“I'm over the moon to have gone into the record books again with win number eight; I really enjoy coming here and hope I can continue for a few more years yet,” he said.

“I'd like to thank all my loyal sponsors for supporting me this year through a tough season and I'm glad I've been able to end the season on a high and repay them for everything they have done for me.

“Now I'm looking at finalising my plans for 2013 and hope to be able to announce something soon.”





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