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Macau Grand Prix: Macau: Hutchinson surprised by pole feat

'I'm pleased it's come out like this and it's nice to get praise from all the riders. I've had a lot of support' - Ian Hutchinson
Ian Hutchinson admitted his surprise after claiming pole position for Saturday's 47th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix on his return to competitive action.

The Yorkshire star grabbed the top spot by five hundredths of a second from eight-time winner Michael Rutter in the closing stages of final qualifying.

Milwaukee Yamaha rider Hutchy, who is competing for the first time since the 2012 Isle of Man TT after undergoing further surgery on his damaged left leg this year, said big changes to the front and rear of the YZF-R1 made all the difference as he secured pole.

“We made quite a big change from yesterday front and rear, as we've been really struggling, really trying hard,” he said.

“Towards the end of the session I thought the track felt better than yesterday, so I knew it had to be the changes we made.

“So I took the risk that we'd get it back how it was in time. It took about 15 minutes so I had about four minutes, a lap, to go.

“I never expected to get pole but I was hoping for a front row start,” added Hutchinson.

“I'm pleased it's come out like this and it's nice to get praise from all the riders. I've had a lot of support.”

Hutchinson and SMT Honda rider Rutter are joined on the front row by John McGuinness on the Honda TT Legends Fireblade, who was 1.8 seconds down on the front two for the 15-lap race.

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Milwaukee Yamaha`s Ian Hutchinson
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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November 17, 2013 8:26 AM

An absolutely stunning comeback from the horrific situation he has faced over the last 3 years. Truth is we the spectators are the winners today as we now have a whole different season of road racing to consider the outcomes for in 2014. Absolutely fantastic though and a testament to a true sportmans dedication. Long may this continue! :-D

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