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Macau: Rutter takes pole.

Friday, 16th November 2007

Michael Rutter on the Aviva Kawasaki put one across the bows of Steve Plater on the AIM Yamaha by securing pole position for the 41st Edition of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

His pole position time was a staggering 2min 26.644secs a full 1.3 secs under his own lap record set in 2007.

Plater who broke Rutter's winning streak on the dangerous street circuit last year didn't manage to better his lap time set in first qualifying and only completed five laps during second qualifying due to a misfire.

Rutter left his fast lap until late on in the session; John McGuinness on the Stobart Honda had taken P1 and looked likely to stay there until Rutter pushed him out of the way.

Another late charge which impacted on the front row of the grid came from Thomas Hinterreiter on the Austria Racing Yamaha. The Austrian jumped up the time sheets in the closing moments to prevent an all British front row.

Guy Martin on the Solent Scientific Honda had been running in fourth place until he had a nasty tumble at Moorish corner which has left him with a broken wrist and arm. His crash over shadowed the rest of the session as the paddock awaited news of his injury.

Ian Hutchinson who is riding with a recently pinned and plated collar bone following a testing crash, charged up the grid in the closing moments to secure fifth place. 600 rider, Steve Allan continued to impress by qualifying in sixth place amongst the superbikes. The AIM rider out paced American Jeremy Toye who was closely followed by Macau new comer and Irish Champion, Conor Cummins.

The last two places in the top ten went to former Irish Champion Martin Finnegan on the MV Agusta, and James McBride on his privately run Leyford Construction Yamaha.

Finnegan had an engine problem in first qualifying which was caused by an electrical connection going astray. "The MV was feeling better and better each lap, we are in the race now and I am looking forward to Saturday, Guy's crash looked very nasty and cast a shadow over the session," said Finnegan who is good friends with the fast talking Lincolnshire rider.

The 15-lap race takes place on Saturday 17th November 2.50pm local time, which is around 7am in the UK.

Macau GP qualifying (2) times – Guia:

1. Michael Rutter
2. Thomas Hinterreiter
3. John McGuinness
4. Steve Plater
5. Ian Hutchinson
6. Steve Allan (600)
7. Jeremy Toye
8. Conor Cummins
9. Martin Finnegan
10. James McBride
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