Jessopp takes first ever Macau Grand Prix pole

Published: 20 November 2015

Martin Jessopp has taken his first ever Macau Grand Prix pole position in this morning’s second qualifying session for the Chinese race, holding off fellow BMW rider Michael Rutter by over a second to secure the pole.

Jessopp controlled the session for most of the 45 minutes, becoming the first to dip first into the 2:26 and 2:25 laps before eventually ending on 2:24.387, 1.137 clear of Rutter’s Penz13.com BMW.

Peter Hickman made it a 1-2-3 for the German manufacturer, taking the Birggs Equipment machine to third, 0.7 behind Rutter and 0.5 clear of Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki in fourth.

Yesterday’s provisional pole man John McGuinness was fifth on the Honda Fireblace, ahead of Gary Johnson on the second Penz13.com BMW and his teammate Conor Cummins, with Horst Saiger rounding out the top ten ahead of reigning champion Stuart Easton and Northern Irishman Lee Johnston.

The session was red flagged after only a few laps when Tom McHale came off at the notoriously fast Mandarin corner. The newcomer is reported to have head and limb injuries but regained consciousness at the scene of the crash before being transported to local hospital.

POS NO RIDER  NAT TEAM  TIME LAPS GAP
 1   40   Martin Jessopp   GBR   Riders Motorcycles BMW   2:24.387   13    
 2   7   Michael Rutter   GBR   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China   2:25.524   13   1.137 
 3   60   Peter Hickman   GBR   Briggs Equipment BMW   2:26.269   12   1.882 
 4   9   Ian Hutchinson   GBR   Paul Bird Motorsport Ltd   2:26.791   15   2.404 
 5   4   John McGuinness   GBR   Honda Racing   2:26.810   12   2.423 
 6   5   Gary Johnson   GBR   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Motorsport by MGM China   2:26.879   13   2.492 
 7   22   Conor Cummins   IOM   Honda Racing   2:27.030   11   2.643 
 8   3   Horst Saiger   LIE   Saiger-Heidger Macau Race Team   2:27.953   14   3.566 
 9   1   Stuart Easton   GBR   SMT/Booth Yamaha   2:28.431   13   4.044 
 10   13   Lee Johnston   GBR   East Coast Construction   2:29.594   10   5.207 
 11   15   Jimmy Storrar   GBR   Paul Bird Motorsport Ltd   2:29.968   13   5.581 
 12   20   Dan Cooper   GBR   Space Centre Racing   2:30.303   13   5.916 
 13   16   David Johnson   AUS   Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade   2:30.330   15   5.943 
 14   10   Mark Miller   USA   Splitlath EBR   2:30.445   13   6.058 
 15   26   Didier Grams   GER   Saiger-Heidger Macau Race Team   2:30.764   12   6.377 
 16   111   Brian McCormack   IRL   TAG Racing   2:31.483   11   7.096 
 17   48   Herve Gantner   SUI   Penz13.com BMW Motorrad   2:31.638   12   7.251 
 18   54   Steve Heneghan   IRL   ReactiveParts.com   2:32.545   12   8.158 
 19   39   Allann-Jon Venter   RSA   CF Racing Team 32   2:33.516   14   9.129 
 20   34   Ben Wylie   GBR   Bimota Factory Racing   2:33.532   14   9.145 
 21   11   Paul Shoesmith   GBR   Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade   2:34.036   13   9.649 
 22   62   Sam West   GBR   PR Racing LLOYD & JONES Kawasaki   2:34.038   11   9.651 
 23   14   Andre Pires   POR   Team SBK/IncortCar # Yamaha   2:35.019   14   10.632 
 24   24   James McBride   GBR   Morello Racing   2:35.559   12   11.172 
 25   6   Ivan Lintin   GBR   RC Express Racing   2:35.867   13   11.480 
 26   71   Davy Morgan   GBR   Magic Bullet Racing   2:36.266   15   11.879 
 27   31   Dan Kruger   CAN   Penz13.com by Special Olympics & MGM Macau   2:37.056   10   12.669 
 28   88   Brandon Cretu   USA   Bimota Factory Racing   2:37.151   12   12.764 
 29   18   Nuno Caetano   POR   FMP Team Portugal   2:37.992   5   13.605 
 30   65   Michael Sweeney   IRL   Martin Jones Racing   2:41.133   5   16.746 
 31   90   Tom McHale   GBR   CF Racing Team 32   undefined   1    
 32   72   Russell Mountford   GBR   VRS Racing   undefined