Michael Rutter Claims Eighth Macau GP Win

11/18/2012 @ 7:53 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

John McGuinness might be the King of the Mountain at the Isle of Man, but Michael Rutter is the King of the Streets at Macau. After leading throughout the qualifying and practice sessions, Rutter rode a dominant 10 lap race to claim his eighth win at the Macau GP.

Virtually uncontested during the road race, Rutter finished to comfortably, despite a late-stage charge by Martin Jessop, who put on a show with his charge to second, after a poor start off the line.

“The team gave me a brilliant bike,” said Rutter. “The crowds have been fantastic. I enjoy coming here and hope it will keep continuing.” Riding for the SMT Racing team on a Honda CBR1000RR, Rutter was teammates with Isle of Man TT star and rival John McGuinness, whose seventh place finish put SMT at the top of Macau’s first-ever Team Award.

Rounding out the podium was Simon Andrews, making the post-race celebrations a strictly British affair. Meanwhile, America’s main man Mark Miller rode to a respectable fifteenth place finish for the Splitlath Redmond team. Full race results are after the jump.

Race Results from the 2012 Macau GP:

Pos.RiderNationTeamTime Diff.Best Lap
1Michael RUTTERGBRSMT Racing02:27.3
2Martin JESSOPPGBRRiders Motorcycles.com4.91802:27.2
3Simon ANDREWSGBRIce Valley by Motorsave Trade11.28802:28.2
4Gary JOHNSONGBRQuattro Plant Motorsports16.23502:29.5
5Horst SAIGERAUTSaiger-Racing.com17.4102:28.8
6Conor CUMMINSIOMTyco Suzuki19.15902:29.8
7John MCGUINNESSGBRSMT Racing27.79602:28.2
8James STORRARGBRDMR33.4802:30.3
9Dan KNEENIOMMarks Bloom Racing37.88402:31.3
10James HILLIERGBRBournemouth Kawasaki Racing42.98502:31.4
11Steve MERCERGBRT+R Motorsport44.60302:32.2
12James MCBRIDEGBRDMR54.9402:32.9
13Branko SRDANOVNEDIce Valley by Motorsave Trade56.79502:33.0
14Didier GRAMSGERGerman Team-Heidger-M/Sport59.50102:32.3
15Mark MILLERUSASplitlath Redmond01:17.702:34.4
16David JOHNSONAUSSplitlath Redmond01:24.702:35.6
17Riko PENZKOFERGERPenz 1301:32.102:36.1
19Davy MORGANGBRCSC Racing01:39.202:35.6
20Jamie HAMILTONGBRRPM Performance01:39.302:36.4
21Yoshinari MATSUSHITAJPNPenz 1301:48.502:37.9
22Brandon CRETUUSAHel Performance03:42.502:41.9
23Joao FERNANDESMACPenz 131 LAP02:46.6
DNFRafael PASCHOALINBRABrazilian TeamDNF02:38.6

Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2012 CGPM – All Rights Reserved