Motorcycle Racing News SMT Honda's Rutter on Pole for Macau Grand Prix

SMT Honda’s Rutter on Pole for Macau Grand Prix

2012-smt-honda-rutter-on-pole-for-macau-grand-prix (1)2012 Macau Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Michael Rutter rode his SMT Racing Honda to a faultless pole position for the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 46th Edition Friday, topping the second of the weekend’s qualifying sessions as relentlessly as he had the first.

The race was slated for Saturday, but was rescheduled for 4:15 local time Sunday due to heavy rains showers.

He ended the session just two tenths of a second clear of his nearest rival, teammate and 19-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness. Another hugely experienced Macau racer, McGuinness was the only rider to present Rutter with a serious challenge in this session, and the only other rider to top the leader board in the 20 minutes the bikes were on track.

Third spot goes to 27-year-old Martin Jessop on the Riders’ Motorcycles Ducati, and though the gap between him and second-placed McGuinness was 1.7 seconds, Jessop is likely to be a strong challenger in tomorrow’s race. He finished second here last year behind Rutter, and this is his fourth visit to the 6.1km Guia Circuit.

There are plenty of other names to watch for when the grid forms up, but the form-book insists all eyes will be on one man on the front row.

It is Rutter’s eighth pole at Macau, and though he hasn’t won from there each time, it’s the kind of omen that may easily prey on the minds of his rivals. When the 46th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix gets under way Sunday afternoon, Rutter will be looking to add his eighth win to an already illustrious CV.

Photo by Macau Grand Prix Commission

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Indian Chieftain Lineup First Look: 3 Big-Inch Baggers

There are three baggers in the 2021 Indian Chieftain lineup, with just a few changes to the motorcycles this year. There are new colors,...

2021 GasGas Trial Lineup First Look (8 Fast Facts: 3 TXT Racing Models)

The first GasGas motorcycles of the Pierer Mobility AG and Bajaj Auto era have arrived. Those who were expecting wholesale redesigns of the line...

Lieback’s Lounge: This Will All Pass [Thoughts on Simic and Motorcycles]

There is a menace in the air Of tragedies in the making. These lines are from "Late September," written by the American minimalist poet Charles Simic....

Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish by Andy Reynolds [Review]

Author Andy Reynolds’ new book, Racing Classic Motorcycles: First You Have to Finish, is about a man livin’ the classic motorcycle racing dream—with some...

2021 BMW R 18 Test: City and Country Life with the Big Boxer

Let's say we hop into Mr. Peabody's WABAC Machine and set the date for October 1936 and Berlin as a location. With us, we...

Harley-Davidson Tremont Shoes Review: Urban Motorcycle Footwear

In the on-going debate over how much protection is enough, the correct answer for each of us comes from within. Some riders would never...