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Nov 19, 2010

Updated: Rutter Takes Pole Position For 44th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, American Toye Fourth

44th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
Macau, China
November 19, 2010
Qualifying Session Two Results:

1. Michael Rutter, Great Britain, (Duc 1098), 2:23.714
2. Stuart Easton, Great Britain, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:23.798
3. John McGuinness, Great Britain, (Hon CBR1000RR), 2:25.955
4. Jeremy Toye, USA, (BMW S1000RR), 2:26.301
5. Simon Andrews, Great Britain, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:26.621
6. Gary Johnson, Great Britain, (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:26.849
7. James Hillier, Great Britain, (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:27.120
8. James Storrar, Great Britain, (BMW S1000RR), 2:28.399
9. Keith Amor, Great Britain, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:28.632
10. Luis Carreira, Portugal, (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:28.822
11. James McBride, Great Britain, (Yam YZF-R1), 2:29.522
12. Chris Peris, Canada, (BMW S1000RR), 2:29.693
13. Stephen Thompson, Great Britain, (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:29.936
14. Rico Penzkofer, Germany, (BMW S1000RR), 2:29.958
15. Martin Jessopp, Great Britain, (Duc 1098), 2:30.173
16. Horst Saiger, Austria, (MV Agusta F4), 2:30.571
17. Mark Miller, USA, (BMW S1000RR), 2:31.169
18. Mark Buckley, Great Britain, (BMW S1000RR), 2:32.068
19. Cameron Donald, Australia, (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:32.272
20. David Johnson, Australia, (Yam YZF-R1), 2:32.965

25. Sean Dwyer, USA, (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:37.472

More, from a press release issued by IGT


The IGT Honda superbike will start on the front row of the 2010 Macau Grand Prix.

In the penultimate minute of the early morning 60 minute final qualifying session John McGuiness put in an electrifying lap to secure P3 on the front row. It was an intense session in which both P1 and P2 were faster than the previous lap record.

John McGuinness: "The first half of the session was tough as everybody struggled to find grip on the dirty track but by the time we were about 40 minutes in it all started to come together nicely. The team have set the bike up really well and I was feeling more confident with every lap. With about five minutes to go I was caught in traffic but right at the end of the session I got a clean lap and was able to really push. I think we've got a good race pace and I'm feeling very positive. I'd like to thank the team for all their hard work in getting the bike so good and I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Alec Tague, Crew Chief: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the way John has taken to the bike and how he's settled in to our team. His feedback is superb and he's a pleasure to work with. We've determined the right set up for both the circuit and John's smooth riding style and this, together with the excellent Dunlop tyres, has given us a very competitive package. In the qualifying session John produced his fastest ever lap of the Guia circuit so we're all very excited for the race."

Robin Croft, SMT Team Owner: "This is a fantastic position to be in at our debut here in Macau and it reflects all the hard work put in by John and all the lads in the team. They're all working really well together and have adapted to the unique and demanding conditions here in Macau. We're well prepared for tomorrow and I think we have a good race pace so I'm feeling confident!"

Qualifying Top 8:

P1 Rutter GBR Ducati Team of Paris - AXA 2:23.714 (New Lap Record)

P2 Easton GBR Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team 2:23.798 +0.084

P3 McGuinness GBR Honda IGT 2:25.955 +2.241

P4 Toye USA BMW Lee's Cycles Racing 2:26.301 +2.587

P5 Andrews GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 2:26.621 +2.907

P6 Johnson GBR Suzuki Mocha IGT A.I.M. Suzuki 2:26.849 +3.135

P7 Hillier GBR Suzuki Mocha IGT A.I.M. Suzuki 2:27.120 +3.406

P8 Storrar GBR BMW DMR Racing 2.28.399 +4.685

The 15-lap Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix commences at 15:15 local time (GMT+8) on Saturday 20 November
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