Michael Rutter achieved his seventh victory at the Macau GP more than four seconds ahead of the field.
Michael Rutter became the most successful rider in Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix history on Sunday after winning his seventh GP. By a margin of more than four seconds the RidersMotorcycles.com Ducati
rider dominated the 10-lap contest, with teammate Martin Jessopp taking runner-up in the City of Dreams 45th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Swan Yamaha
’s Ian Hutchinson grabbed third across the line at the Guia street circuit in Macau, China to make it a British sweep of the podium.
Originally slated to begin Saturday, this year’s Macau Grand Prix was postponed due to weather. In the end the decision to reschedule proved ideal as riders faced much better conditions Sunday. Despite Rutter taking pole in Friday’s qualifying, the 39-year-old was trailing Hutchinson at the start with Roadhouse SMT Honda
’s John McGuinness and Jessopp right behind. As the pack headed down the straight to Lisboa McGuinness overtook Rutter for second, with Jessopp also making an attack on his fellow countrymen. Hutchinson continued his lead out front while a battle broke out for second between Jessopp, McGuinness and Rutter. Following the tussel, McGuinness was back in fourth as the field headed into the second lap.
By Lap 3 Rutter had taken the advantage from Jessopp and was eying the leader. Proving eager to take charge, Rutter flew by Hutchinson a lap later and immediately began to open a gap while Jessopp also got the better of Englishman for second. On Lap 6 Rutter’s time of 2:25:456 would be the fastest of the match as the Ducati pilot surged to a record-breaking seventh victory. Remaining humble of his achievement, Rutter praised the efforts of his teammate, Jessopp, who ultimately nabbed second in the contest.
“Martin [Jessopp] has been there all year – he’s come along and learned a lot,” said Rutter. “It’s been a brilliant season.”
Despite his inability to retain the lead, Hutchinson had a successful return to finish third after sustaining multiple leg injuries during a crash at last year’s Silverstone race. American Jeremy Toye, who finished third in last year’s competition, was less than three seconds behind the Yorkshireman at the line, followed by IGT Suzuki
’s Gary Johnson and Roadhouse SMT Honda’s McGuinness. Meanwhile brothers Michael and William Dunlop placed 12th and 13th, respectively, during their debut at the Guia circuit.
2011 Macau Grand Prix Results:
1. Michael Rutter (Ducati)
2. Martin Jessopp (Ducati)
3. Ian Hutchinson (Yamaha)
4. Jeremy Toye (Kawasaki)
5. Gary Johnson (Suzuki)
6. John McGuinness (Honda)
7. James Storrar (BMW)
8. Michael Barnes (Kawasaki)
9. Bruce Anstey (Honda)
10. Steve Mercer (BMW)
11. James Hillier (Kawasaki)
12. Michael Dunlop (Kawasaki)
13. William Dunlop (Honda)
14. Didier Grams (Suzuki)
15. Sean Dwyer (BMW)
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