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50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – First Qualifying Report

Michael Rutter upped the ante in the first qualifying session, at the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, to secure provisional pole position.

Lapping at 2 minutes 24.793 seconds, the Macau GP legend, has already shown, that he has the pace on the Bathams SMT Racing S1000RR BMW, to wrap up a ninth victory around the streets of Macau, on Saturday.

First practice session During

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Second quickest Martin Jessopp (2.25.783) looks set to be the biggest challenger to the four times TT winner.

Piloting the Riders Motorcycles S1000RR BMW, he underlined why many consider him a pre race favourite, whilst Tyco BMW’s Ian Hutchinson made it a BMW Motorrad 1-2-3 in the first qualifying session.

John McGuinness fourth fastest was just 0.030 behind Hutchy as Gary Johnson and Horst Saiger, concluded the top six quickest qualifiers, thus far.

First practice session During

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Glenn Irwin continues to majorly impress on his Macau, his lap time of 2 minutes 27.787 seconds, taking him to seventh spot in qualifying, on the unique sounding Be Wiser Ducati.

Conor Cummins was eighth quickest, reigning Macau GP winner Peter Hickman finished ninth fastest as Bathams SMT Racing team mate Stuart Easton, finalised the top ten.

Outside of the first top ten in qualifying, Derek Sheils 12th quickest on the Cookstown BE Racing GSX-R 1000 Suzuki, was very impressive as was Steve Heneghan (Reactive Parts Yamaha) in 16th, lapping at 2 minutes 32.725 seconds.

50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – First Qualifying Results:

1 Michael Rutter 2.24.793
2 Martin Jessopp 2.25.783
3 Ian Hutchinson 2.27.314
4 John McGuinness 2.27.344
5 Gary Johnson 2.27.505
6 Horst Saiger 2.27.743
7 Glenn Irwin 2.27.787
8 Conor Cummins 2.28.054
9 Peter Hickman 2.28.318
10 Stuart Easton 2.29.095
11 Didier Grams 2.29.416
12 Derek Sheils 2.29.418
13 Dan Cooper 2.30.137
14 Steve Mercer 2.30.154
15 Dan Kneen 2.30.501
16 Steve Heneghan 2.32.725
17 Ivan Lintin 2.32.954
18 Brian McCormack 2.33.524
19 Danny Webb 2.34.665
20 AJ Venter 2.35.189
21 Michael Sweeney 2.35.455
22 Dan Hegarty 2.35.787
23 Mark Miller 2.36.139
24 Marek Cerveny 2.36.322
25 Sam West 2.36.324
26 Ben Wylie 2.37.164
27 Andre Pires 2.37.549
28 Davy Morgan 2.40.141

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