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.||Rider||Nation||Team||Time Diff.||Best Lap|
|1||Michael RUTTER||GBR||SMT Racing||-||02:27.3|
|2||Martin JESSOPP||GBR||Riders Motorcycles.com||4.918||02:27.2|
|3||Simon ANDREWS||GBR||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||11.288||02:28.2|
|4||Gary JOHNSON||GBR||Quattro Plant Motorsports||16.235||02:29.5|
|6||Conor CUMMINS||IOM||Tyco Suzuki||19.159||02:29.8|
|7||John MCGUINNESS||GBR||SMT Racing||27.796||02:28.2|
|9||Dan KNEEN||IOM||Marks Bloom Racing||37.884||02:31.3|
|10||James HILLIER||GBR||Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing||42.985||02:31.4|
|11||Steve MERCER||GBR||T+R Motorsport||44.603||02:32.2|
|13||Branko SRDANOV||NED||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||56.795||02:33.0|
|14||Didier GRAMS||GER||German Team-Heidger-M/Sport||59.501||02:32.3|
|15||Mark MILLER||USA||Splitlath Redmond||01:17.7||02:34.4|
|16||David JOHNSON||AUS||Splitlath Redmond||01:24.7||02:35.6|
|17||Riko PENZKOFER||GER||Penz 13||01:32.1||02:36.1|
|19||Davy MORGAN||GBR||CSC Racing||01:39.2||02:35.6|
|20||Jamie HAMILTON||GBR||RPM Performance||01:39.3||02:36.4|
|21||Yoshinari MATSUSHITA||JPN||Penz 13||01:48.5||02:37.9|
|22||Brandon CRETU||USA||Hel Performance||03:42.5||02:41.9|
|23||Joao FERNANDES||MAC||Penz 13||1 LAP||02:46.6|
|DNF||Rafael PASCHOALIN||BRA||Brazilian Team||DNF||02:38.6|
Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2012 CGPM – All Rights Reserved