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Nov 16, 2012

Rutter Takes Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix Pole Position

Michael Rutter (1). Photo used with permission of Macau Grand Prix Committee

Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix Guia Street Circuit Macau, China November 16, 2012 Qualifying Session Two Results:

1. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:27.545 2. John McGuinness, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:27.763 3. Martin Jessopp, UK (Duc), 2:29.287 4. Gary Johnson, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:29.497 5. Conor Cummins, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:30.075 6. Horst Saiger, Austria, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:30.203 7. Simon Andrews, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:30.256 8. James Storrar, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:30.851 9. Dan Kneen, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:31.680 10. James Hillier, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:31.787 11. Didier Grams, Germany (BMW S1000RR), 2:31.850 12. James McBride, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:32.402 13. Rico Penzkofer, Germany (BMW S1000RR), 2:33.550 14. Steve Mercer, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:34.204 15. Branko Srdanov, Netherlands (BMW S1000RR), 2:34.669 16. Mark Miller, USA (Apr RSV4 Factory), 2:35.117 17. David Johnson, Australia (Apr RSV4 Factory), 2:35.269 18. Steve Heneghan, Ireland (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:38.030 19. Rafael Paschoalin, Brazil (BMW S1000RR), 2:40.298 20. Davy Morgan, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:41.138

Qualification Maximum: 2:42.299

21. Yoshinari Matsushita, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 2:42.324 22. Brandon Cretu, USA (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:42.947 23. Joao Fernandes, Macau (BMW S1000RR), 2:45.996 24. Jamie Hamilton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 3:16.325 25. Nuno Caetano, Portugal (Suz GSX-R1000), no time recorded 26. Stephen Thompson, UK (BMW S1000RR), no time recorded 27. Fernando Costa, Portugal (Duc 1199 Panigale), no time recorded 28. Sou Sio Hong, Macau (Hon CBR1000RR), no time recorded

Provisional Combined Qualifying Results:

1. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:27.545 2. John McGuinness, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:27.763 3. Martin Jessopp, UK (Duc), 2:29.287 4. Gary Johnson, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:29.497 5. Conor Cummins, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:30.075 6. Horst Saiger, Austria, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:30.203 7. Simon Andrews, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:30.256 8. James Storrar, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:30.851 9. Dan Kneen, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:31.680 10. James Hillier, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:31.787 11. Didier Grams, Germany (BMW S1000RR), 2:31.850 12. James McBride, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:32.402 13. Rico Penzkofer, Germany (BMW S1000RR), 2:33.550 14. Steve Mercer, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:34.204 15. Branko Srdanov, Netherlands (BMW S1000RR), 2:34.669 16. Mark Miller, USA (Apr RSV4 Factory), 2:35.117 17. David Johnson, Australia (Apr RSV4 Factory), 2:35.269 18. Stephen Thompson, UK (BMW S1000RR), 2:36.402 19. Steve Heneghan, Ireland (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:38.030 20. Rafael Paschoalin, Brazil (BMW S1000RR), 2:40.298 21. Davy Morgan, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:41.138

Qualification Maximum: 2:42.299

22. Yoshinari Matsushita, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 2:42.324 23. Nuno Caetano, Portugal (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:42.644 24. Brandon Cretu, USA (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:42.947 25. Joao Fernandes, Macau (BMW S1000RR), 2:45.199 26. Fernando Costa, Portugal (Duc 1199 Panigale), 2:47.227 27. Sou Sio Hong, Macau (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:52.274 28. Jamie Hamilton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 3:16.325

More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:

Tyco Suzuki's Conor Cummins has qualified in fifth place for tomorrow's 46th Macau Grand Prix in the Far East on his GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Thursday's qualifying session was cut short due a tragic incident at the Fisherman's part of the circuit in which Portuguese rider Luis Carreira sadly lost his life. The qualifying session was postponed until Friday, where Manxman Cummins was able to shave four seconds from his best lap time and is confident of posting a respectable result in tomorrow's 15-lap race on the Guia Circuit, which commences at 7.30am GMT.

Conor Cummins:

"Today went better in Q2. We were given a free practice in place of the original Q2 morning slot, which gave us time to try another set up on the Superbike. This worked out well, as I was able to find four seconds to put us fifth in the session. This set us up nicely going into the actual Q2 session in the afternoon.

"I went out on a used tyre in order to get a feel for track conditions and to also try a further chassis change which was made on the run up. The bike handled great and I was able to push on early in the session. I came in and put a fresh rear in. My first flyer put me fifth again but it was the second lap I was focusing on. My first sector was three-tenths faster than my best lap previously, but I got totally balked by a slower rider, which ruined my lap.

"I came into the pits to make an adjustment with the aim of getting a clear track but unfortunately this did not happen as the red flags came out and the session was cut short due to the darkness closing in. To say I was disappointed is an understatement but it wasn't to be.

"I will start tomorrow's race in fifth place, so a good start is a must. I'm feeling good and looking forward to it, so we will see what the day brings us."

Qualifying Results: 1 Michael Rutter (Honda) 2:27.545; 2 John McGuinness (Honda) +0.218sec; 3 Martin Jessop (Ducati) +1.742; 4 Gary Johnson (Honda); 5 Conor Cummins (Tyco Suzuki) +2.530; 6 Horst Saiger (Kawasaki) +2.658.