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Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix: Rutter Acquires Ninth Guia Circuit Victory, Declared Race Winner

Michael Rutter is now a nine times Macau Grand Prix Champion, following recent confirmation of the race result for the 2019 Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Organisers have elected to decide the race result upon positions at the end of lap 1 of the second race start, which saw RC213V-S Honda mounted Rutter leading MGM Bathams team mate Peter Hickman by just over 0.26 of a second.

Photo credit: ID/Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government

Rounding out the declared top three finishers is PBM Ducati’s David Johnson, who takes his International road race podium finishes tally into triple figures.

IRRC Superbike series winner Davey Todd takes fourth, Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston places fifth, 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson concludes the top six finishers.

It’s fair to say the decision to declare the race result after just one lap, isn’t the most popular judging by reactions by various racing insiders on social media.

At the end of the day it’s the organisers decision but a race win after only 1 lap? Is it really a real victory?

Opinions will differ but the race result as recently released is as follows:

1 Michael Rutter
2 Peter Hickman
3 David Johnson
4 Davey Todd
5 Lee Johnston
6 Ian Hutchinson
7 Horst Saiger
8 Gary Johnson
9 Erno Kostamo
10 Derek Sheils
11 Michael Sweeney
12 Phil Crowe
13 Didier Grams
14 Craig Neve
15 Xavier Denis
16 Steve Heneghan
17 Brian McCormack
18 Paul Jordan
19 Sam West
20 Dominic Herbertson
21 Dan Kruger
22 Davy Morgan
23 Raul Torras Martinez

Words by Stevie Rial

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