McGuinness on Macau provisional pole

Published: 19 November 2015

Honda Racing’s John McGuinness has topped the fist qualifying session at the Macau Grand Prix to take provisional pole position for the Far Eastern race. The 23-time TT winner finished the day 0.2 ahead of Michael Rutter, after leading for most of the two-part session.

A crash for Russ Mountford brought out the red flags at the half way point, with the VRS Racing rider falling at Maternity and sustaining chest and pelvis injuries that were classified as serious but not life threatening.

Once the action got underway again after the delay, it was McGuinness who was quick to take the advantage from the chasing pack of Rutter, Hutchinson and Jessopp, though. Setting a series of fast laps with ten minutes left, he was able to pull out enough of a gap to stay clear of his friend and former teammate.

Rutter in turn finished a further 0.2 ahead of Jessopp, with Hutchinson leading the second row from Gary Johnson and Horst Saiger.

The action resumes with a final 45-minute qualifying session tomorrow morning at 0730 Macau time (2330 UK time).

POS   DRIVER NAT CAR TIME LAPS GAP
1   John McGuinness GBR Honda 2:27.246 11  
2   Michael Rutter GBR BMW Motorrad 2:27.476 14 0.230
3   Martin Jessopp GBR BMW 2:27.711 9 0.465
4   Ian Hutchinson GBR Kawasaki 2:28.776 11 1.530
5   Gary Johnson GBR BMW Motorrad 2:29.023 10 1.777
6   Horst Saiger LIE Kawasaki 2:29.263 13 2.017
7   Peter Hickman GBR BMW 2:29.463 12 2.217
8   Lee Johnston GBR BMW 2:29.529 9 2.283
9   Conor Cummins IOM Honda 2:29.650 12 2.404
10   Jimmy Storrar GBR Kawasaki 2:31.026 11 3.780
11   Dan Cooper GBR Honda 2:31.653 11 4.407
12   Steve Heneghan IRL Yamaha 2:32.366 12 5.120
13   Mark Miller USA EBR 2:32.588 10 5.342
14   Didier Grams GER W&G BMW 2:32.890 13 5.644
15   Stuart Easton GBR Yamaha 2:33.607 8 6.361
16   Brian McCormack IRL TAG Honda 2:34.492 8 7.246
17   Herve Gantner SUI BMW Motorrad 2:34.882 13 7.636
18   Sam West GBR Kawasaki 2:35.891 14 8.645
19   Allann-Jon Venter RSA Honda 2:35.948 9 8.702
20   Paul Shoesmith GBR BMW 2:36.180 14 8.934
21   Davy Morgan GBR Honda 2:36.625 12 9.379
22   Russell Mountford GBR VRS Honda 2:37.574 4 10.328
23   James McBride GBR Kawasaki 2:37.713 12 10.467
24   Nuno Caetano POR Kawasaki 2:37.760 6 10.514
25   Ben Wylie GBR Bimota 2:38.062 10 10.816
26   Dan Kruger CAN BMW Motorrad 2:38.291 7 11.045
27   Ivan Lintin GBR Kawasaki 2:38.430 11 11.184
28   Brandon Cretu USA Bimota 2:39.639 8 12.393
29   Andre Pires POR Yamaha 2:40.104 7 12.858
30   Tom McHale GBR Honda 2:46.056 11 18.810
31   Michael Sweeney IRL Kawasaki 2:53.825 3 26.579