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:
|1||Ian Hutchinson||Milwaukee Yamaha||Yamaha YZF R1||–|
|2||Michael Rutter||SMT Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||+2.418|
|3||Gary Johnson||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Honda CBR 1000RR||+8.741|
|4||John McGuinness||Honda TT Legends||Honda CBR 1000RR||+23.018|
|5||James Storrar||DMR Racing||BMW S1000RR||+24.271|
|6||Jeremy Toye||Penz13.com BMW Racing Team||BMW HP4||+26.969|
|7||Martin Jessopp||Riders Motorcycles BMW||BMW S1000RR||+27.209|
|8||Didier Grams||Heidger-Motorsport.de||BMW S1000RR||+44.791|
|9||Lee Johnston||East Coast Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||+50.568|
|10||Stephen Thompson||T&R Motorsport||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||+52.893|
|11||Mark Miller||Splitlath Redmond Racing||EBR 1190RS||+1’07.675|
|12||Dean Harrison||RC Express by MSS Performance||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+1’14.854|
|13||Andre Pires||SBK/Incortcar||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||+1’18.101|
|14||Jamie Hamilton||VRS Racing Team||Honda CBR 1000RR||+1’24.573|
|15||Hervé Gantner||Penz13.com BMW Racing Team||BMW HP4||+1’35.196|
|16||Ian Lougher||ILR/Barnes Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||+1’48.289|
|17||Paul Shoesmith||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||BMW S1000RR||+1’58.659|
|18||Allan Jon Venter||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+2’15.557|
|19||Sandon Bitter||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+2’39.724|
|20||Brandon Cretu||Splitlath Redmond Racing||EBR 1190RS||+2’40.969|
|21||Ben Wylie||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||BMW S1000RR||+2’41.065|
|22||Graham English||TIVA Engineering Ltd||BMW S1000RR||+2’41.304|
|23||Brian McCormack||TAG Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||+2’41.737|
|24||Nuno Caetano||KD Team of Portugal||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+2’49.814|
Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2013 GCS / Macau GP – All Rights Reserved