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Macau Grand Prix: Flying Easton knocks Rutter off Macau top spot

PBM Kawasaki rider Stuart Easton takes pole for Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix by half-a-second from Michael Rutter in Q2
Stuart Easton produced a sizzling late lap to surge into pole position for the 48th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in second qualifying at the Guia street circuit.

The Scottish star, back at the legendary event in the Far East for the first time since 2010, knocked eight-time winner and Milwaukee Yamaha rider Michael Rutter off the top of the times with seconds remaining.

Easton was the only rider to break into 2m 25s bracket as he set the quickest time on the PBM Kawasaki in 2m 25.975s as he opened a gap of half a second over course specialist Rutter.

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston impressed on the Pirtek Pro Bolt Honda as he clocked the third fastest lap in Q2, ending the session 1.121s behind Easton.

Bingley man Ian Hutchinson (PBM Kawasaki) improved his time to 2m 28.285s in fourth position, 1.189s behind Johnston, while the first six was rounded out by Jimmy Storrar and Horst Saiger on the Saiger Racing.com Kawasaki.

Quattro Plant Honda's Gary Johnson was next, 3.422s off the top time, followed by Riders Motorcycles BMW contender Martin Jessopp, Steve Mercer on the Penz13.com BMW and John McGuinness on the second of the Pirtek Pro Bolt Honda machines, four seconds off Easton's red-hot benchmark, in tenth place.

Comeback star Easton is the lap record holder at Macau, setting the quickest ever two-wheel lap of the 3.8-mile course on his way to victory in 2010 in a time of 2m 23.616s.

Newcomer Peter Hickman has been forced out of Saturday's 12-lap race along with Ulsterman Jamie Hamilton, who came off on fluid dropped by Hickman's Ice Valley BMW when the Louth rider crashed out in Q1.

The session had been red-flagged in the early stages after Irishman Michael Sweeney, making his first appearance at Macau, walked away unhurt following a heavy high-side.

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Stuart Easton, Michael Rutter and Ian Hutchinson at the Macau Grand Prix
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Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
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November 14, 2014 7:18 AM

well what a pathetice person you must be to have a poke at Jack Miller, this is a report on the Macau gp ok, so why dont you flame all the other riders that do not do Macau,or the I.O.M. or other moto gp riders who bitch about "towing".my mate is there now, and the only reason he is there is MONEY, nothing else,and the reason they are all there, and JB is that Jenson Button, i bet you havent even got a bike licence, (read pushbike) ha ha, yes this is a personal attack when you attack a fellow rider


November 14, 2014 7:26 PM

How on earth did Jack(ass) Miller become the major topic of an article about Stuart Easton and Macau GP ? Some posters are monotonous in their pre-occupation with the Ozzie. The Macau GP is a race exclusively for the possessors of large cojones. A special kind of bravery is needed to race on this armco-lined street circuit. Any mistake has serious consequences- just ask Guy Martin. The winners in he past few years all have a few things in common. Speed, Bravery, Fairness and Respect for other riders. None are loudmouth self-promoters. Few riders in any other discipline can match "Rat-boy" Easton, Hutchy and "The Blade" Rutter, although I reckon Lee Johnson is soon to join in with the elite band. Interestingly, I read that Stuart is riding Shakey's BSB Championship-winning bike and it is good to see Paul Bird letting the old chariot have another outing. So, best of luck to all the riders, and let's hope you all stay shiny-side up.

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