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Macau GP: Rutter seals record 16th rostrum

Michael Rutter overcomes traction control problems on BMW to earn his 16th podium at Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter maintained his excellent record at the Macau Grand Prix by sealing a 16th rostrum finish at the legendary race in the Far East.

Rutter, backed by Bathams and riding the Penz13.com BMW, crossed the line in third behind fellow BMW riders Peter Hickman and Martin Jessopp.

The veteran racer, who qualified second fastest behind pole man Jessopp, dropped back in the early stages to fifth place after a problem with the electronics.

Rutter slotted in behind PBM Kawasaki's Ian Hutchinson as Jessopp and Hickman pulled away at the front but soon clawed his way up to third and claimed the last spot on the podium by two seconds from Honda's John McGuinness, who came through to snatch fourth from Gary Johnson (Penz13.com BMW) on the final lap.

“I went off the line and the traction control light immediately came on, which basically meant that everything shut down,” said Rutter, who holds the record for Macau wins with eight victories to his name.

“I had to learn how to ride the bike again because I had wheelies everywhere and I dropped back to fifth as a result. However, I was able to be a bit smoother on the throttle because the traction control light saved the back tyre a bit and I managed to get myself back up to third.

“We had very hot conditions throughout the week but the track was in good condition and I was happy to finish third and get another rostrum,” Rutter added.

“The result was what I expected to be fair as Peter and Martin have been riding their bikes all year in BSB and it was always going to be a tough ask to beat those two.”

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