Ian Hutchinson Wins the 2013 Macau GP

11/16/2013 @ 11:23 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS


Defying the odds against him, Ian Hutchinson has won the 2013 Macau GP, beating fierce competitor Michael Rutter in the shortened race. Hutchinson took the lead from Rutter on the fourth lap of fifteen, though a crash on the eleventh lap by Dean Harrison brought the Macau GP to an early end.

Thankfully Harrison was unhurt by the crash, though his bike was in the middle of the course, and forced race officials to red flag the race. Despite the premature ending, there can be no question that it was Hutchinson’s day, as the man from Bingley had a solid two-second gap over Rutter.

Coming off an eighteen month recovery period, Hutchinson’s win reconfirms the young Yorkshireman as a true talent in road racing, with today’s Macau GP win adding another impressive entry on Hutchinson’s already illustrious resumé, which includes a clean sweep of the 2010 Isle of Man TT’s five solo-class races.

“It’s probably one of the most special wins I’ve ever had with what’s gone on in the last few years, but hopefully now I can move on to carrying on back where I left off three years ago,” said Hutchinson after the race.

“I had about 10 plans of what to do whatever situation happened before the race, and I didn’t really have a plan for the one that did happen but I knew that once Michael got past Gary I needed to get past Gary and to go with it.”

“I got past on the same lap and worked away. I’d rather have stayed behind Michael for a few more laps to be honest as the laps just got faster. I took the lead and just put the hammer down for a few laps to see where we were at.  Michael came with me and I didn’t really expect to pull away from him massively, and I think he was a little bit unlucky with the backmarkers.”

“It’s definitely one of toughest races [I’ve had] here,” said Michael Rutter. “I tried as hard as I could. I led for a bit and tried to make a bit of a gap, but wasn’t surprised when he came past. I thought I’d just try and hang on the back of him and he just pulled a massive gap. ”

“I thought ‘this is going to be a bit of a fun race’, and I’d get my head down and try and start catching him. I made up a bit of ground but to be fair to Ian, he looked dead smooth. I made a bit and lost a bit and tried as hard as I could.”

Gary Johnson rounded out the podium, a first for the popular TT rider, while John McGuinness had to settle for a fourth place finish. American Jeremy Toye finished an impressive sixth on his Penz13.com BMW S1000RR, while his fellow Americans Mark Miller and Brandon Cretu improved upon their grid positions by the race’s end, getting 11th and 20th respectively with the EBR 1190RS.

Race Results for the 2013 Macau GP:

1Ian HutchinsonMilwaukee YamahaYamaha YZF R1
2Michael RutterSMT RacingHonda CBR 1000RR+2.418
3Gary JohnsonQuattro Plant MotorsportsHonda CBR 1000RR+8.741
4John McGuinnessHonda TT LegendsHonda CBR 1000RR+23.018
5James StorrarDMR RacingBMW S1000RR+24.271
6Jeremy ToyePenz13.com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP4+26.969
7Martin JessoppRiders Motorcycles BMWBMW S1000RR+27.209
8Didier GramsHeidger-Motorsport.deBMW S1000RR+44.791
9Lee JohnstonEast Coast RacingHonda CBR 1000RR+50.568
10Stephen ThompsonT&R MotorsportSuzuki GSX-R 1000+52.893
11Mark MillerSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS+1’07.675
12Dean HarrisonRC Express by MSS PerformanceKawasaki ZX-10R+1’14.854
13Andre PiresSBK/IncortcarSuzuki GSX-R 1000+1’18.101
14Jamie HamiltonVRS Racing TeamHonda CBR 1000RR+1’24.573
15Hervé GantnerPenz13.com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP4+1’35.196
16Ian LougherILR/Barnes RacingHonda CBR 1000RR+1’48.289
17Paul ShoesmithIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR+1’58.659
18Allan Jon VenterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R+2’15.557
19Sandon BitterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R+2’39.724
20Brandon CretuSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS+2’40.969
21Ben WylieIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR+2’41.065
22Graham EnglishTIVA Engineering LtdBMW S1000RR+2’41.304
23Brian McCormackTAG RacingHonda CBR 1000RR+2’41.737
24Nuno CaetanoKD Team of PortugalKawasaki ZX-10R+2’49.814

Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2013 GCS / Macau GP – All Rights Reserved

  • KSW

    As the last time I saw Ian was his first attempt at a comeback and he looked more than fearful on his ride at the NW200 then IOMTT. It was something even picked up by his crew. Seeing him finally comeback strong and take not only the challenge to Michael but this win is indeed a massive accomplishment. Congrats Hutchy. It was at Lemans for the 24 hour race I last saw John McGuinness get relegated to backup rider after the younger Michael Dunlop (missing in macau) out paced him it’s also a pleasure to John back on bike and pushing as hard as always. So to the entire field and a certain Mr. Cretu who improved his pace this year a might hi-ho and cheers to all on another great Macau GP. The beer certainly flowed if Johnson and Miller where anywhere in the vicinity. Will we see a certain Mr. Johnson at the Daytona 200 2014? Hmmmmm

  • tony

    congrats hutchy, long time coming son- what a gentleman ! but fuck, toye in 6th! thats news! whens the last time an american finished that high in gp or wsbk? congrats jt …

  • Wow! Nice guy finished first! It’s sooooo good to see him on the top again! Can’t wait for IOM TT 2014! Go Hutchi!