Isle of Man TT great John McGuinness maintained his impressive start to this year's Suncity Group 49th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix by topping first qualifying on his Honda Racing Fireblade.
The 23-time TT winner lapped in 2m 27.246s late in the session to power to the top of the times ahead of Michael Rutter on the Penz13.com BMW, who was two tenths in arrears.
The session was red-flagged after an incident reportedly involving Russ Mountford on the VRS Racing Honda, who was described as being conscious and moving.
McGuinness, second fastest in the first free practice session, has previously won at Macau back in 2001 and appears to be in the mood to challenge for his second title at the infamous Guia street course in South China after being reunited with his TT Superbike.
Martin Jessopp was third fastest on the Riders Motorcycles BMW, 0.4 seconds behind the Morecambe Missile, with Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson slotting into fourth on the PBM Kawasaki, one-and-a-half seconds off the pace.
Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson (Penz13.com BMW) and Horst Saiger (Kawasaki) completed the top six, with Peter Hickman – making only his second appearance at Macau – next on the Briggs BMW.
Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston was seventh fastest in the searing heat on the East Coast BMW following a lap in 2m 29.529s, which left the Fermanagh rider 2.2 seconds behind pacesetter McGuinness.
The Isle of Man's Conor Cummins (Honda Racing) and Scottish rider Jimmy Storrar on the second of Paul Bird's Kawasaki machines finalised the top ten.
Last year's winner Stuart Easton, bidding for a fifth victory in the famous race, was languishing in 15th place on the SMT Yamaha R1, 6.1 seconds out of contention after managing eight laps.