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Macau GP: McGuinness ends season with solid fourth

Honda Racing's John McGuinness produces move of the race to snatch fourth from Gary Johnson in closing stages of Macau Grand Prix.
John McGuinness admitted he was 'slightly disappointed' to miss out on a rostrum finish in the Macau Grand Prix on Saturday, although the Morecambe rider had the consolation of making the pass of the race.

McGuinness rode around the outside of Gary Johnson (Penz13.com BMW) with a stunning move to snatch fourth on the final lap after a thrilling conclusion to the 12-lap race, which was won in style by Peter Hickman on the Briggs BMW.

“I got an average start off the line and after that, it was just wheel-to-wheel for the whole 12-laps,” said the 23-time Isle of Man TT winner.

“I had a great race with Michael [Rutter], Gary and 'Hutchy', and then Stuart [Easton] came from nowhere and got stuck into our group.

“The move on Gary for fourth was brave, but I had confidence in myself and the Fireblade that we'd make it, so thought just go for it,” McGuinness added.

“I am slightly disappointed that I wasn't on the podium, but I've had a good year and I enjoyed myself today so I'm happy with fourth, it's a really good way to end the season.”

McGuinness made his debut at the Macau Grand Prix in 1998 and has one victory on his record after taking his maiden win around the Guia street course in 2001.

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