Ian Hutchinson Takes Pole Position for Macau GP

11/15/2013 @ 7:13 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


The Macau GP is this weekend, and it is already shaping up to be a great event after today’s qualifying. Normally this is a race that Michael Rutter dominates (the Brit has eight Macau GP race wins to his name), but this year sees a new name on the leaderboard at the conclusion of the two qualifying sessions: Ian Hutchinson.

The only man to ever win all five solo races at the Isle of Man TT, Hutchinson was all the talk in 2010, but the Bingly man has seen his last two seasons hampered with tough recoveries from leg injuries.

Though finally healthy, many were beginning to wonder if Hutchy had lost his pace on a motorbike — his performance today on the Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1 has ended that talk though.

Hutchinson grabbed the pole in the final laps of the second qualifying, after pulling in at the beginning of the session to undo some changes his team had made to the bike in the hopes of getting some better steering on the tight road circuit.

The time in the pits, and the mechanical revisions, paid off though, as Hutchinson took pole by a narrow 0.057 seconds from Rutter. The pair will be the ones to watch come tomorrow’s race.

A previous race winner, John McGuinness could also be in the mix on his Honda TT Legends bike. Though, Mr. McPint finished nearly two seconds back from the front pair.

American’s Mark Miller (20th) and Brandon Cretu (32nd) are also at Macau, and will be racing on two EBR 1190RS race bikes, which are being supported by Erik Buell Racing mechanics from the AMA Pro Racing series.

Miller could not improve upon his position, though made big steps with his lap times. Meanwhile his teammate Cretu had mechanical issue with his 1190RS, which kept him off the track for the latter part of the second qualifying.

Qualifying Results for the 2013 Macau GP:

1Ian HutchinsonMilwaukee YamahaYamaha YZF R12’25.568
2Michael RutterSMT RacingHonda CBR 1000RR0.057
3John McGuinnessHonda TT LegendsHonda CBR 1000RR1.879
4Martin JessoppRiders Motorcycles BMWBMW S1000RR1.999
5Horst SaigerSaiger-Racing.comKawasaki ZX-10R2.033
6Gary JohnsonQuattro Plant MotorsportsHonda CBR 1000RR2.574
7James StorrarDMR RacingBMW S1000RR2.725
8Jeremy ToyePenz13.Com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP43.207
9Didier GramsHeidger-Motorsport.deBMW S1000RR3.23
10Dan KneenMarks Bloom RacingSuzuki GSX-R 10003.801
11Lee JohnstonEast Coast RacingHonda CBR 1000RR4.589
12Stephen ThompsonT&R MotorsportSuzuki GSX-R 10004.592
13David JohnsonLloyd & Jones PR KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10R5.084
14Marc FissetteHeidger-Motorsport.deYamaha YZF R15.406
15Dean HarrisonRC Express by MSS PerformanceKawasaki ZX-10R5.512
16Dan CooperDMR RacingBMW S1000RR5.702
17Hervé GantnerPenz13.com BMW Racing TeamBMW HP46.729
18Roman StammTeam Bolliger SwitzerlandKawasaki ZX-10R7.707
19Jamie HamiltonVRS Racing TeamHonda CBR 1000RR7.806
20Mark MillerSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS8.561
21Davy MorganCSC RacingSuzuki GSX-R 10008.571
22Steve HeneghanQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R8.571
23Andre PiresSBK/IncortcarSuzuki GSX-R 10008.851
24Paul ShoesmithIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR10.436
25Ian LougherILR/Barnes RacingHonda CBR 1000RR11.047
26Graham EnglishTIVA Engineering LtdBMW S1000RR11.512
27Sandor BitterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R11.524
28Allann Jon VenterQuattro Plant MotorsportsKawasaki ZX-10R11.753
29Brian McCormackTAG RacingHonda CBR 1000RR13.391
30Ben WylieIce Valley by Motorsave TradeBMW S1000RR13.468
31Nuno CaetanoKD Team of PortugalKawasaki ZX-10R13.673
32Brandon CretuSplitlath Redmond RacingEBR 1190RS13.764

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

  • L2C

    Damn, it’s that time again already? Holy shit.

  • Prich

    L2 – The same exact thing ran through my head when I saw the headline.

  • Bluey

    thank you A&R for mentioning EBR and giving us updates. i’m puzzled why some websites, american ones too, find it painful to mention them even while EBR is doing great things.

  • Slangbusters

    Jeremy Toye from San Diego CA (USA) in 8th on a BMW. Good Job!

  • Daniel

    I was at the TT this year and I don’t recall him participating in this year’s event.

  • tony

    yeah san diego ! yeah hutchie!

  • Gutterslob

    With regards to Hutchy, “tough recoveries from leg injuries” is a massive understatement. After going through what he did, it would’ve been a miracle to even walk, let alone race. I can’t even imagine how painful the rehab was for him. Top lad. Takes some doing to beat Rutter the Nutter at Macau.

    ….and wow, Ian Lougher still going strong. Isn’t he past 50yrs old now?

  • “Isn’t he past 50yrs old now?”

    Just 50 this year. Still damn quick!

  • BBQdog

    Coverage ?? Anywhere ?