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McGuinness disappointed to miss rostrum at Macau

'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' - John McGuinness
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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Mark - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 4:25 PM

I find it hilarious that people like noitall post such rubbish. McGuinness, Rutter, Dunlop, Martin, Donald and indeed all the road race boys are great at what they do, which is race on roads. They migth only get within 95% of a time posted by Lorenzo on a circuit, but one thing is for sure, Lorenzo wouldn't get within 95% of McGuiness at the TT, and although Lorenzo wouldn't have the balls to race TT, he would have the balls to acknowedge what these guys do and give the respect they deserve.

fannatic - Unregistered

November 22, 2012 2:13 PM

Modern Class riders dont have the balls for road racing. Guys like McGuinness and Rutter will always be legends for doing what they do. A factory bike isnt going to help someone who's 30 seconds off the pace and doesnt have the skill, experience or sheer guts to go 150km+ through blind, bumpy corners flanked by concrete/metal walls.



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