PBM Be Wiser Ducati rider Glenn Irwin couldn't hide his disappointment after the Northern Ireland rider saw his hopes of a podium finish at the 50th Macau Grand Prix thwarted.

Irwin, who was making his debut at the event, was forced out of third place with a lap to go with a technical problem with the Panigale R.

The 26-year-old had enjoyed a battle with eventual winner Peter Hickman, runner-up Michael Rutter and podium finisher Martin Jessopp in a thrilling race at the 3.8-mile Guia course until he ran into problems at the end.

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"To say I'm gutted is an understatement. I felt happy running with the other three riders and the plan was to make a move on the last lap," Irwin said.

"I pulled back half a second on Rutter on the lap before and was within 0.8 seconds of the lead when I suffered a technical problem on the penultimate lap. It's disappointing as I really felt I could have had a podium but these things happen.

"I'd like to say a massive thanks to my team, Ducati and the sponsors for making this happen and I'd love to come back again next year with the PBM Be Wiser Ducati Team and finish the job off."