Glenn Irwin sets fastest ever lap on way to Macau GP pole

Glenn Irwin will start the 2017 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix from pole position. The PBM Ducati rider signalled his intentions by going fastest in the practice session and both qualifying sessions.

His fastest lap of 2:23.081 was faster than Stuart Easton’s lap record from 2010 of 2:23.616. Irwin out-qualified fellow front row starter Peter Hickman by 1.8 seconds. Hickman has won the race for the previous two years and will be looking to make it a hat-trick. Eight time Macau Grand Prix winner Michael Rutter will go from third after narrowly missing out to Hickman’s time by just a tenth of a second.

Behind the top three Conor Cummins qualified in fourth for Padgett’s while last year’s pole sitter Martin Jessopp was fifth. Australian rider David Johnson will start the race from sixth ahead of Lee Johnston, Horst Saiger, Derek Sheils and Gary Johnson. Dan Kneen qualified in 11th with Didier Grams 12th, Danny Webb 13th and Dan Cooper 14th. Daniel Hegarty, Ivan Lintin, Sam West, Dean Harrison, Marek Ceveny and Ben Wylie rounded out the twenty fastest qualifiers.

In total 27 riders qualified for the 51st running of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. Last year’s race was won by Hickman who beat Rutter and Jessopp. Newcomer Irwin had been running in a podium position before being forced to retire to the pits.

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