Macau Grand Prix 2014 – First Qualifying News


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First qualifying session at the 2014 Macau Grand Prix would see Michael Rutter carry on his scintillating form from opening practice session as he finished fastest having set lap time of 2 minutes 27.699 seconds.

Leading the challenge to the Milwaukee Yamaha rider was three times Macau GP champion Stuart Easton. Stuart competing on Paul Bird motorsport ZX10 Kawasaki lapped at 2 minutes 28 seconds exactly as he finished just 0.301 seconds behind the most successful Macau motorcycle Grand Prix rider in history.


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Third quickest was Martin Jessopp who showed excellent form on Riders motorcycles S1000RR BMW, Martin lapped at 2 minutes 30.247 seconds as he finished half a second clear of fourth fastest Ian Hutchinson.

The reigning Macau Grand Prix winner is steadily building up his pace on Paul Bird motorsport ZX10 Kawasaki whilst 21 times Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness is in the mix at the sharp end finishing fifth quickest. John once again finished leading Honda mounted rider and looks set to be in contention for podium placing on Saturday on Lee Hardy racing CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade.


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Horst Saiger rounded out the top six during a qualifying session which saw him throughout always amongst the top six quickest riders. Gary Johnson was a consistent seventh fastest on Quattro Plant backed CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade whilst Jimmy Storrar finished leading BMW mounted rider in eighth position.

Lee Johnston has enjoyed a tremendous season of road racing and the 350 classic TT race winner is continuing his rich vein of form around Macau, Lee finished ninth fastest as fellow rising road racing star Jamie Hamilton finalised the top ten.


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Peter Hickman was again leading newcomer finishing 11th overall as he lapped under 2 minutes 32 seconds on Ice Valley racing by Motorsave ltd S1000RR BMW.

2014 international road racing championship winner Didier Grams was highly creditable 12th, Dan Cooper impressed finishing 15th overall as Sandor Bitter and Michael Sweeney both enjoyed productive sessions finishing 26th and 29th during a entertaining opening qualifying session.

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