Tag: Macau Grand Prix

Glenn Irwin wins red flagged Macau Grand Prix

Glenn Irwin has won the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, albeit a truncated race. Pole sitter Irwin was the race leader when it was red flagged on the sixth lap. The results were declared and he was joined on the podium by last year’s winner Peter Hickman, and eight time winner Michael Rutter.

When the lights went out Irwin stayed ahead but was soon passed by Hickman on the first lap. Martin Jessopp got himself up into third place with Conor Cummins ending lap one in fourth. Irwin took the lead back for lap two and started to build a lead.

The gap between the front two remained at just over a second with Rutter slotting into third ahead of Jessopp. Behind the battle for the podium positions Cummins was running in a solid fifth ahead of David Johnson and Gary Johnson. Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston and Danny Webb were the top ten at the halfway stage in the race.

The first retirement of the race was Derek Sheils on lap three, with the rider pulling off at the side of the track with a bike issue. Ben Wylie joined him on the sidelines with a smoking bike on the fourth lap.  The race was red flagged on the sixth lap following a serious incident involving a rider who, at the time of writing, has not been officially named.

Irwin, Hickman and Rutter were followed by Jessopp, Cummins, Gary Johnson, Harrison, Johnston, David Johnson, and Danny Webb in the top ten.

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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.

Gary Johnson to lead GBmoto road racing debut

Gary Johnson will ride for GBmoto Racing on the roads next year, it has been announced.

The British Superbike team will field a new high-spec ZX-10R Superbike along with a Superstock machine at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix with backing from Kawasaki.

Johnson has previously ridden with the team – back in 2011 in the National Superstock 1000 Championship – and is an experienced rider on the roads. Making his debut back in 2007, Johnson has podiums at all three of the main international road races, including two Supersport victories at the 2011 & 2014 Isle of Man TTs. An accident at the TT this year ended his season early but he recovered in time for the Macau Grand Prix, finishing in fourth place.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to be working with such a great team, and so closely with a major manufacturer,” Johnson said of the news. “I’m really happy! I rode for GBmoto in 2011 [and] they were one of the most professional teams I’ve ever worked with and they’ve obviously stepped up again since then. To see what they did this year in BSB by changing manufacturers and immediately getting podiums was incredible. Their infrastructure, bikes and kit is all mega and although this is their first time at the TT I know they will put all the right pieces in the right places to be successful.”

Team Principal Mark Smith-Halvorsen also expressed his delight at the deal. “This is another big step forward for GBmoto and I’m incredibly proud that Kawasaki have chosen us to be a major part of their road racing campaign,” he revealed. “The North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix are three huge events in the world of motorcycling and ones I have followed closely, so I’m really excited to be heading there as a team next year.” He also explained that signing Johnson was an easy decision. “He has ridden for use before and we have enjoyed a good relationship that has grown ever since. He’s proven that he is capable of beating the best on the roads and I believe if it wasn’t for his injury this year then he would have added even further wins to his tally. I am confident with the level of support we will have that he can battle for victories in what is now a super competitive field.”

Johnson will undertake a testing programme, which starts in March, and will have his own crew which will be independent of the BSB team. “Hopefully I can bring my own experience to the team from both the events side and with a good reference point from riding a Kawasaki,” Johnson concluded. “I have to thank the guys who have worked so hard to help me in the last few years, it’s because of them that I’ve been put in the shop window for this opportunity. With the support of GBmoto and Kawasaki I’m the most confident I’ve ever been going into the TT and the other events, so bring it on!”

Macau Motorcycle GP entry list confirmed

The entry list for the 2014 Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix has been confirmed.

The list features a number of road racing’s biggest names including John McGuinness, Michael Rutter and Michael Dunlop. They will be joined by Ian Hutchinson, Gary Johnson, Jamie Hamilton and Horst Saiger amongst others. Three times winner Stuart Easton will also be in attendance along with Jimmy Storrar, Jeremy Toye, Martin Jessopp, Didier Grams, Lee Johnston and Stephen Thompson who all finished in the top ten last year.

The 2013 Macau Grand Prix saw Hutchinson make a triumphant return to road racing. After pipping the most experienced man at Macau – Rutter – to pole position by just 0.05s Hutchinson went on to beat him by nearly two and a half seconds. The gap back to Johnson in third was 8.7 seconds while McGuinness brought it home in fourth place albeit 23 seconds off the winner. This year will see Rutter swap to the Milwaukee Yamaha which brought Hutchinson success last year as he looks for his ninth victory, while Hutchinson himself will join Easton on Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasakis. Joining the stellar line-up at Macau this year will be impressive road racing newcomer Peter Hickman along with Michael Sweeney who will ride for John Burrows’ team. Hickman – who was the fastest newcomer at this year’s North West 200 and Isle of Man TT – will ride once again for Paul Shoesmith who will also be riding. Sweeney joins a recovering Dan Kneen on the entry list although the Manxman – who has impressed on the roads this year and took his first international victory at the Ulster Grand Prix – is still recovering from foot injuries sustained at the UGP.

Dunlop is returning to the race following his debut in 2011 where he finished in 12th position, this time riding a BMW. He is another rider who has enjoyed a stellar year on the roads with victories at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. Dean Harrison – who was involved in the same accident as Kneen – is also returning following his debut in 2013 where he failed to finish the race. Also on the entry list are Roman Stamm, Tiago Magalhaes, Mark Miller, Steve Mercer, Nuno Caetano, Marc Fissette, Dan Cooper, Steve Henegan,  AJ Venter, Davy Morgan, Graham English and Brandon Cretu.

With an impressive line-up it has potential to be a thrilling event. The Macau GP takes place 13th – 16th November.

Ian Hutchinson secures Macau pole

Ian Hutchinson has taken pole for the Macau Grand Prix, after beating Michael Rutter by just five hundredths of a second. Both riders improved on their qualifying one times, but for Rutter it was not by enough to secure his provisional pole. Hutchinson, who is returning after a 18 month recovery period, snatched pole away on his penultimate lap, improving on his provisional fourth place.

Elsewhere, Ben Wylie came off his bike at Fishermen’s Bend, and reports state that despite being taken away in an ambulance he did not need to go to hospital. He was fortunate not to hit the wall. Fishermen’s Bend is where Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira sadly had a fatal accident during qualifying for last year’s Macau Grand Prix.

Along with Rutter and Hutchinson, most other riders improved their times from qualifying 1, apart from Martin Jessopp, James Storrar, Jeremy Toye and David Johnson. The three riders who had fallen outside qualification maxima during qualifying 1 also improved enough to secure their places on the grid.

The top ten in qualifying two were as follows:

  1. Ian Hutchinson 2:25.568
  2. Michael Rutter 2:25.625
  3. John McGuinness 2:27.447
  4. Horst Saiger 2:27.601
  5. Martin Jessopp 2:27.800
  6. Gary Johnson 2:28.142
  7. James Storrar 2:28.437
  8. Didier Grams 2:28.798
  9. Jeremy Toye 2:29.320
  10. Dan Kneen 2:29.369

Practice and qualifying 1 top tens can be found by following this link.

The combined grid can be found below. A * beside a rider’s name denotes that they set their best time in qualifying 1.

Grid

  1. Ian Hutchinson 2:25.568
  2. Michael Rutter 2:25.625
  3. John McGuinness 2:27.447
  4. Martin Jessopp* 2:27.567
  5. Horst Saiger 2:27.601
  6. Gary Johnson 2:28.142
  7. James Storrar* 2:28.293
  8. Jeremy Toye* 2:28.775
  9. Didier Grams 2:28.798
  10. Dan Kneen 2:29.369
  11. Lee Johnston 2:30.157
  12. Stephen Thompson 2:30.160
  13. Marc Fissette 2:30.974
  14. Dean Harrison 2:31.080
  15. Dan Cooper 2:31.271
  16. Herve Gantner 2:32.294
  17. David Johnson* 2:32.441
  18. Roman Stamm 2:33.275
  19. Jamie Hamilton 2:33.374
  20. Mark Miller 2:34.129
  21. Steve Heneghan 2:34.139
  22. Davy Morgan 2:34.139
  23. Andre Pires 2:34.419
  24. Paul Shoesmith 2:36.004
  25. Ian Lougher 2:36.615
  26. Graham English 2:37.080
  27. Sandor Bitter 2:37.092
  28. Allan-Jon Venter 2:37.321
  29. Brian McCormack 2:38.959
  30. Ben Wylie* 2:39.036
  31. Nuno Caetano 2:39.241
  32. Brandon Cretu 2:39.332