Tag: Michael Rutter

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.

Michael Rutter rides Paton to Lightweight victory

Michael Rutter has won the Lightweight race at the Isle of Man TT, riding a Paton. He held off stiff competition from Martin Jessopp to take the win – his fifth at the TT.

Peter Hickman completed his 100% 2017 TT podium run by finishing third following his podiums in the Superbike, Supersport and Superstock races.

Ivan Lintin finished the race in fourth place ahead of Daniel Cooper, Josh Brookes and Michael Dunlop. James Cowton finished the race in eighth place beating Michael Sweeney and Jamie Hodson. Barry Furber was 11th finishing ahead of Timothee Monot, Xavier Denis, Craig Neve and Callum Laidlaw. Rounding out the top 20 finishers were Rob Hodson, John Barton, Maria Costello, newcomer Paul Jordan and Dave Moffitt.

Rutter took the race lead early on – leading team-mate Stefano Bonetti at Glen Helen – and he increased his lead lap on lap. The advantage over Bonetti by the end of lap one was nearly four and a half seconds. Bonetti became a retirement from the race on lap two with Jessopp moving into second place. Ivan Lintin was running in third before a slow pit stop dropped him down to fourth. Rutter’s advantage at the end of the race was nearly ten seconds. It was his first TT victory since 2013 – when he won the TT Zero race – and it backed up his Supertwin win at the North West 200.

 

Ian Hutchinson wins opening Superbike TT race

Ian Hutchinson has taken the first win of the week, beating Peter Hickman and Dean Harrison.

The weather has wrecked havoc with the weeks’ practice sessions but ideal conditions greeted riders for the first race of 10 this week. David Johnson led them away at 2pm for the opening Superbike race.

James Hillier took the early lead at Glen Helen, leading Harrison by just eight tenths of a second with Hutchinson third. Michael Dunlop soon got himself into contention by Ballaugh, moving into third place. He was leading the race by the Bungalow and was leading when he retired on lap two. Harrison became the new leader with Hillier second and Hutchinson third.

The first lot of pit stops took place at the end of lap two and it was the Padgetts Racing crew who completed the fastest stop – 52 seconds for Bruce Anstey. Hutchinson’s Tyco BMW crew completed their stop in 55 seconds – five seconds quicker than Harrison and Hickman who was third at the end of the second lap. The battle for the win continued between Harrison and Hutchinson before the latter took control at the Bungalow on lap four. With just seven tenths of a second his advantage over Harrison he pulled the pin and upped it to nearly ten seconds by the start of the fifth lap.

By lap five Harrison had dropped down to fourth and Hutchinson was leading Hillier and Hickman. It became a two horse race on the sixth and final lap when Hickman slashed the gap to just 2.5 seconds. The gap came down to 1.6 seconds by Ramsey but it increased from there and Hutchinson had a five second advantage by the end of the race. Hickman finished in second with Harrison returning to third place. Hillier was fourth ahead of Dan Kneen, Michael Rutter, and David Johnson. Josh Brookes, William Dunlop, and Martin Jessopp completed the top ten.

Horst Saiger came home to finish 11th ahead of Sam West, Anstey, Philip Crowe, Jamie Coward and Dan Stewart. Brian McCormack got a time penalty for exceeding pit lane speeds and finished 17th. Stefano Bonetti, Mark Parrett, and Michael Sweeney completed the top 20.

There were a number of retirements from the race including a very early one for Guy Martin who came off uninjured at Dorans on lap one. Michael Dunlop retired from the race lead on lap two while Derek Sheils, Dan Cooper and Ivan Lintin were retirements in the pits. Gary Johnson, Fabrice Miguet, and local favourite Conor Cummins also retired. Davey Lambert was involved in an incident and is in a critical condition in hospital.

TT 2017: Tuesday 30th May Practice Times

Superbike

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Superbike practice were as follows:

  1. Ian Hutchinson – 17:59.376 – 125.84mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – 18:00.744 – 125.68mph
  3. Dan Kneen – 18:09.741 – 124.64mph
  4. Peter Hickman – 18:14.563 – 124.09mph
  5. Steve Mercer – 18:16.535 – 123.87mph
  6. Lee Johnston – 18:24.224 – 123.01mph
  7. Dean Harrison – 18:25.610 – 122.85mph
  8. Daniel Hegarty – 18:28.031 – 122.59mph
  9. Gary Johnson – 18:32.572 – 122.08mph
  10. Ivan Lintin – 18:34.953 – 121.82mph
  11. James Cowton – 18:36.861 – 121.63mph
  12. William Dunlop – 18:36.861 – 121.62mph
  13. Jamie Coward – 18:40.340 – 121.24mph
  14. Dan Stewart – 18:41.087 – 121.16mph
  15. James Hillier – 18:42.677 – 120.99mph

Supersport

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Supersport practice were as follows:

  1. Ian Hutchinson – 18:41.183 – 121.147mph
  2. Michael Dunlop – 18:42.360 – 121.020mph
  3. Gary Johnson – 18:48.977 – 120.311mph
  4. Bruce Anstey – 18:53.843 – 119.794mph
  5. James Hillier – 18:54.020 – 119.776mph
  6. Jamie Coward – 19:01.610 – 118.979mph
  7. William Dunlop – 19:03.515 – 118.781mph
  8. Dan Kneen – 19:02.997 – 118.731mph
  9. Lee Johnston – 19:07.336 – 118.386mph
  10. Dean Harrison – 19:07.623 – 118.356mph
  11. Conor Cummins – 19:09.652 – 118.147mph
  12. Daniel Hegarty – 19:14.841 – 117.616mph
  13. Steve Mercer – 19:17.593 – 117.337mph
  14. James Cowton – 19:18.730 – 117.221mph
  15. Dominic Herbertson – 19:18.798 – 117.215mph

Lightweight

The top 15 riders’ fastest lap times in the Lightweight practice were as follows:

  1. Michael Rutter – 19:52.040 – 113.946mph
  2. Ivan Lintin – 19:52.980 – 113.856mph
  3. Daniel Cooper – 20:14.558 – 111.833mph
  4. Peter Hickman – 20:17.045 – 111.605mph
  5. Stefano Bonetti- 20:19.858 – 111.347mph
  6. Martin Jessopp – 20:25.580 – 110.828mph
  7. John Barton – 20:25.760 – 110.811mph
  8. Dave Moffitt – 20:38.145 – 109.703mph
  9. Jamie Hodson – 20:38.675 – 109.656mph
  10. Anthony Redmond – 20:39.514 – 109.582mph
  11. Rob Hodson – 20:38.675 – 109.656mph
  12. Barry Furber – 20:48.189 – 108.820mph
  13. Derek Sheils – 20:49.372 – 108.717mph
  14. Callum Laidlaw – 20:50.968 – 108.578mph
  15. Maria Costello – 20:51.978 – 108.491mph

Sidecar

The top 10 riders & passengers fastest lap times in the Sidecar practice were as follows:

  1. Dave Molyneux/Dan Sayle – 19:50.537 – 114.090mph
  2. Ben Birchall/Tom Birchall – 20:24.587 – 110.917mph
  3. Peter Founds/Jevan Walmsley – 20:30.026 – 110.427mph
  4. Tim Reeves/Mark Wilkes – 20:37.960 – 109.719mph
  5. Steve Ramsden/Matty Ramsden – 20:57.757 – 107.911mph
  6. Conrad Harrison/Andrew Winkle – 21:04.006 – 107.458mph
  7. Gary Knight/Daniel Evanson – 21:14.631 – 106.563mph
  8. Karl Bennett/Maxime Vasseur – 21:35.972 – 104.808mph
  9. Wayne Lockey/Mark Sayers – 21:41.199 – 104.387mph
  10. Mick Alton/Chrissie Clancy-Ingpen – 21:45.029 – 104.080mph

2017: North West 200 Round-Up

The 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 saw records broken and extended, new winners and what has been dubbed one of the most exciting races at the event ever.

Practice

Dry and sunny conditions greeted riders for Tuesday and Thursday’s practice sessions and they were able to complete a number of laps in preparation for the racing. Newcomers got the event underway with their practice session on Tuesday morning, giving riders such as Mark Purslow, Joey Thompson, and Neil Kernohan their first taste of the Triangle circuit.

In Tuesday practice Alistair Seeley topped the times in both the Superbike and Supersport classes – the Carrickfergus man aiming to extend his most wins record after surpassing Robert Dunlop’s win tally last year. Martin Jessopp was fastest in the Supertwin class while Michael Rutter led a tight Superstock class. Race organisers and sponsors were left with red faces when the Superstock session had to be red flagged after just a couple of minutes when the course car got stuck on the apex of the chicane at the end of the start finish straight.

On Thursday it was the same men fastest again this time with Seeley topping the Supersport and Superstock times while Rutter went fastest in the Superbike session. Jessopp continued as the fastest Supertwin rider. The Superbike session – the last of the practice sessions – was red flagged following an incident involving John McGuinness. He crashed at Primrose corner and was taken to hospital in Belfast. The Honda team reported that he had a compound fracture to his right lower leg, four broken vertebrae, and three broken back ribs. The team subsequently withdrew Guy Martin from the Superstock and Superbike races as they were unable to investigate the cause of McGuinness’ crash.

Races

Conditions remained dry for Thursday racing and first on the race schedule was the first of two Supersport races. Seeley started from pole and was the man to beat having been fastest in both practice sessions. He failed to complete the first lap, however, pulling into the pits with a bike problem. It was Jessopp from the second row who went on to win after a race long battle with Ian Hutchinson. Both had spells at the front but it was Jessopp who went on to take the victory – his first ever win at the North West 200. James Hillier completed the podium finishers ahead of Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston.

Seeley did not face any problems in the Superstock class as he romped to a 12 second victory over Johnston. He didn’t have it all his own way, however, as Rutter led across the line on the second lap but the Bathams rider unfortunately retired from the race. Seeley and Johnston were joined on the podium by Harrison – his first rostrum result at the event. Hutchinson was fourth with Jessopp coming home in fifth place.

Like waiting for a bus, Jessopp found that after waiting for one North West 200 win that two come along at once. He started from pole position and crossed the line in the lead on every lap. Rutter – a last minute entry to the class on Ryan Farquhar’s KMR bike – was a close second just eight tenths back. Ivan Lintin was third ahead of Dan Cooper and Derek Sheils. Johnston had been considered a contender for the race win but struggled to get away for the warm-up lap and despite a push and getting away, he didn’t make the start. Jessopp also set a new lap record on his way to victory.

The weather was not as kind on Saturday and riders were faced with wet conditions. Up first on the schedule was the second Supersport race.

Riders were given two sighting laps before the race and it eventually got underway in damp conditions. The rain came on during the race and a number of riders raised their hands to get the race stopped at the end of lap 4 however it kept going for the full six. It was Seeley who won, four seconds clear of William and Michael Dunlop. It had been William who led across the line when the conditions deteriorated, but Michael Dunlop suggested after the race that his older brother’s face “didn’t fit the picture” which is why the race wasn’t stopped. Cookstown 100 race winner Adam McLean was an impressive fourth place – just a couple of seconds off a podium – with Hutchinson fifth.

There was a lengthy delay before the next race of the day due to the weather conditions. The Superbikes did get out for a sighting lap but it was red flagged due to oil on the track from Michael Dunlop’s Suzuki. With rain getting heavier it wasn’t until around 3pm in the afternoon when racing resumed. Seeley stormed to a dominant victory over Rutter and Johnston. He was 21 seconds clear by the end of the last lap with Rutter a comfortable seven seconds ahead of Johnston. Irwin was fourth in his first Superbike race appearance at the North West 200 while Peter Hickman finished fifth.

While Seeley extended his win record to 20, Rutter – the next most successful current rider – added another victory to his tally. He took a hard fought win in the Supertwin race after narrowly missing out to Jessopp on Thursday. Rutter led after every lap but could not shake off Cooper who finished just six tenths down. Jessopp finished the race in third place ahead of Michael Sweeney and Marty Lennon. It was a particularly special victory for Rutter as he won for Ryan Farquhar who was involved in a near fatal accident at the event last year. The win was Rutter’s 14th around the Triangle circuit putting him just one win off Robert Dunlop’s 15.

The second Superstock race proved to be yet another victory for Seeley, bringing his win record to 21. The race was red flagged on the fifth lap, leaving Seeley the winner as he crossed the line leading on the previous lap. He very narrowly beat Hutchinson – just two tenths separated the two riders. Rutter joined the pair on the podium with Johnston finishing fourth. The top four were separated by under a second while Hickman was just slightly further back in fifth. Riders were not impressed afterwards that the race had not been red flagged sooner – with a number raising their hands to indicate conditions were too difficult.

The Vauxhall North West 200 race – the feature race of the event – proved to be the most exciting of the day as three riders battled hard for the lead. It was a race long fight between Irwin, Seeley and Hutchinson. Irwin led across the line each time after perfectly timing his move onto the coast road each time. Seeley was able to take advantage through the long slipstreaming sections but Irwin was able to keep with him. Seeley was even onto the grass on the run to University at one stage but he lost nothing as he kept with the front two. Eventually the top three finished just seven tenths apart when Irwin pulled a well timed move on Seeley on the final lap. Hutchinson finished in second with Michael Dunlop fourth. Rutter completed a highly successful North West 200 for him in fifth place. There were huge cheers around the circuit when Irwin crossed the line to win on only his second appearance at the event. He previously raced at the North West 200 in 2015 on a Supersport but he broke down during the race while at the front.

Alistair Seeley’s win record around the North West 200 now stands at 21. Both he and Michael Rutter surpassed Philip McCallen’s podium record of 28. Seeley now has 32 North West 200 podiums while Rutter has 31. Riders will now head to the Isle of Man for TT fortnight (27th May – 9th June).

 

 

Michael Rutter fastest in truncated Superbike session

Michael Rutter topped the times in a shortened Superbike session following 25 minutes of running. His lap time of 4:23.943 was 1.7 seconds better than Glenn Irwin’s best effort.

It was Michael Dunlop who ended the session third fastest with a time of 4:25.756, ahead of Martin Jessopp and Peter Hickman. William Dunlop was sixth fastest with James Hillier seventh and Superstock and Supersport pole sitter Alistair Seeley eighth fastest. Lee Johnston and Dean Harrison were ninth and tenth respectively.  The session was red flagged following an incident involving John McGuinness at Primrose. The Honda rider has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The remainder of the session was abandoned with 20 minutes left to run due to roads needing to be open within half an hour.

Outside of the top 10 Derek Sheils finished up 11th ahead of McGuinness, Bruce Anstey, Dan Kneen and Jamie Coward.

  1. Michael Rutter 4:23.943
  2. Glenn Irwin 4:25.655
  3. Michael Dunlop 4:25.756
  4. Martin Jessopp 4:26.192
  5. Peter Hickman 4:29.455