Ian Hutchinson wins in Macau

Ian Hutchinson, who was making his return to competitive racing after an 18 month absence to recover from injuries (including 29 operations on his leg), has won the 47th edition of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. His win comes after he sensationally snatched pole from Michael Rutter by just five hundredths of a second. He lost the lead to Gary Johnson at the start, but fought back to be in the lead when the race was red flagged.

Eight time winner Rutter finished in second place, after briefly leading. Gary Johnson completed the podium, with a significant gap to fourth placed rider John McGuinness. The race was red flagged after Dean Harrison crashed and his bike could not be removed. Harrison himself walked away from the crash.

Jimmy Storrar, Jeremy Toye, Martin Jessopp, Didier Grams, Lee Johnston and Stephen Thompson completed the top ten. Harrison was the highest placed rookie in 11th, with the results being taken from the lap before his crash. Andre Pires finished behind him in 12th, with Herve Gantner in 15th, AJ Ventner in 18th, Ben Wylie 21st, Graham English 22nd and Brian McCormack in 23rd place.

Fellow Macau debutantes Dan Cooper and Roman Stamm failed to finish. Other riders who did not finish were Steve Heneghan, Davy Morgan, David Johnson and Horst Saiger. The latter two had a collision on the first lap, which led to Saiger’s retirement.

Ian Lougher finished his last race in 16th place, having qualified in 25th. Jamie Hamilton improved from 19th to finish in 14th place on his second visit to Macau. Paul Shoesmith improved from 24th to 17th, Sandor Bitter improved from 27th to 19th, and Nuno Caetano finished in 24th place. To compliment his pole position and race win, Hutchinson completed the fastest lap of the race on lap 6.

Full results can be found at MST World.

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