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Macau Grand Prix: Macau: No excuses from Rutter

'Fair play to [Hutchinson] though, he's been through a lot' - Michael Rutter
Macau Grand Prix star Michael Rutter had no excuses after he was denied a tenth pole start at the famous event by Ian Hutchinson.

Rutter, who is seeking a ninth victory on the Guia street circuit on Saturday, was denied by five hundredths of a second following a final qualifying shootout with his Milwaukee Yamaha rival.

The SMT Honda rider had dominated free practice and the first qualifying session before Hutchinson's late surge to the number one spot.

Rutter, though, graciously tipped his hat to Hutchinson, who is back in action competitively for the first time in almost 18 months.

“It was good to get behind him [Hutchinson] and try and do him on the last bit at the start and finish, but he pulled about four seconds on me,” Rutter said.

“Fair play to him though, he's been through a lot. I've had a few poles here and I hope we can put a good race together tomorrow.”



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Michael Rutter on the SMT Honda
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Ian Hutchinson on the Senior TT podium.
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
John McGuinness celebrates his Senior TT victory with runner-up James Hillier and Ian Hutchinson
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Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson and Paul Bird at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Superstock Kawasaki
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his victory in the Supersport 1 TT
Ian Hutchinson on the TCC Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the RST Superbike race
Supebike TT winner Bruce Anstey with James Hilier and Ian Hutchinson
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in the Superbike TT
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki at Ballacraine during Isle of Man TT practice
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki during practice for the Isle of Man TT
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki at the North West 200

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