Yamaha’s Hutchinson Wins 2013 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
2013 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix Results
Following 29 operations to get his leg back in shape following a devastating crash at 2010 Silverstone British Superbike, Ian Hutchinson proved he is back in shape for serious motorcycle racing.
The Brit, who won five TT races in 2010 before the accident, returned to the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix with vengeance in 2013. His performance showed in qualifying when he beat eight-time Macau Grand Prix winner Michael Rutter by a mere 0.057 of a second to take the pole.
This performance followed into Saturday’s Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, and Hutchinson took his first-ever victory at the famed Chinese road race. He was joined on the podium by SMT Racing Honda’s Michael Rutter and Quattro Plant Motorsports Kawasaki’s Gary Johnson.
As for the Americans, Splitlath Redmond Racing Eric Buell Racing riders Mark Miller finished 10th, and Brandon Cretu 20th.
Hutchy, who took three third-place finishes at past Macau GPs, was in tears following his win.
Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee Yamaha YZF-R1) says: “It’s one of the most special wins I’ve ever had with what’s gone on over the last three years,” he said. “Hopefully now we can put everything with what happened with my leg behind us and continue where we were three years ago.”
Rutter took the lead in the early stages, but Hutchinson took the lead on lap five. As Hutchy opened a gap, he encountered lap traffic on lap 12. The next lap there was a crash involving RC Express Kawasaki’s Dean Harrison, whose motorcycle lay on the track. This caused a red flag, and the race was ended on this flag.
Rounding out the top five were Honda TT Legends John McGuinness and DMR Racing’s James Storrar.
Ian Hutchinson says: “I had about 10 plans, what to do in whatever situation but I didn’t really have a plan for the one that did happen,” added Hutchinson. “I knew once Michael got past Gary I really needed to get past Gary too because if the gap appeared that would be it.
“I would have preferred to cross the checkered flag rather than winning by being in the lead when the race was stopped, it would have been a bit more special, but we got the race win and I have to thank everyone in my team who has stood by me over the last few years.”
In 2014, Hutchinson will return to international road racing, and compete for Milwaukee Yamaha in the Dainese Superbike, Monster Energy Supersport, Royal London 360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT races.