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:
|1||Ian Hutchinson||Milwaukee Yamaha||Yamaha YZF R1||2’25.568|
|2||Michael Rutter||SMT Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||0.057|
|3||John McGuinness||Honda TT Legends||Honda CBR 1000RR||1.879|
|4||Martin Jessopp||Riders Motorcycles BMW||BMW S1000RR||1.999|
|5||Horst Saiger||Saiger-Racing.com||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.033|
|6||Gary Johnson||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Honda CBR 1000RR||2.574|
|7||James Storrar||DMR Racing||BMW S1000RR||2.725|
|8||Jeremy Toye||Penz13.Com BMW Racing Team||BMW HP4||3.207|
|9||Didier Grams||Heidger-Motorsport.de||BMW S1000RR||3.23|
|10||Dan Kneen||Marks Bloom Racing||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||3.801|
|11||Lee Johnston||East Coast Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||4.589|
|12||Stephen Thompson||T&R Motorsport||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||4.592|
|13||David Johnson||Lloyd & Jones PR Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.084|
|14||Marc Fissette||Heidger-Motorsport.de||Yamaha YZF R1||5.406|
|15||Dean Harrison||RC Express by MSS Performance||Kawasaki ZX-10R||5.512|
|16||Dan Cooper||DMR Racing||BMW S1000RR||5.702|
|17||Hervé Gantner||Penz13.com BMW Racing Team||BMW HP4||6.729|
|18||Roman Stamm||Team Bolliger Switzerland||Kawasaki ZX-10R||7.707|
|19||Jamie Hamilton||VRS Racing Team||Honda CBR 1000RR||7.806|
|20||Mark Miller||Splitlath Redmond Racing||EBR 1190RS||8.561|
|21||Davy Morgan||CSC Racing||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||8.571|
|22||Steve Heneghan||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Kawasaki ZX-10R||8.571|
|23||Andre Pires||SBK/Incortcar||Suzuki GSX-R 1000||8.851|
|24||Paul Shoesmith||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||BMW S1000RR||10.436|
|25||Ian Lougher||ILR/Barnes Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||11.047|
|26||Graham English||TIVA Engineering Ltd||BMW S1000RR||11.512|
|27||Sandor Bitter||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Kawasaki ZX-10R||11.524|
|28||Allann Jon Venter||Quattro Plant Motorsports||Kawasaki ZX-10R||11.753|
|29||Brian McCormack||TAG Racing||Honda CBR 1000RR||13.391|
|30||Ben Wylie||Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade||BMW S1000RR||13.468|
|31||Nuno Caetano||KD Team of Portugal||Kawasaki ZX-10R||13.673|
|32||Brandon Cretu||Splitlath Redmond Racing||EBR 1190RS||13.764|
Source: Macau GP; Photo: © 2013 CGPM / Macau GP – All Rights Reserved