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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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John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Macau Grand Prix.
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
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Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.

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