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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.



Related Pictures

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Milwaukee Yamaha`s Ian Hutchinson
James Hillier in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin in the Senior TT
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade in the Senior race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop
Dean Harrison on his way to victory in the Lightweight TT
Michael Dunlop on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR in the Senior TT
Michael Dunlop, Conor Cummins and Guy Martin on the Senior TT podium
Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha in the Supersport TT
William Dunlop on the Tyco Suzuki Supersport machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda in the Superstock race at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop lines up at the start of the second Supersport TT race
John McGuinness on the Mugen Shiden in the TT Zero race
Bruce Anstey and Michael Dunlop shake hands at the Isle of Man TT after the second Supersport race
Michael Dunlop on his MD Racing Honda in the Supersport TT
John McGuinness on the Mugen machine at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness
Karl Harris at the Isle of Man TT

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RCV5

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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