Rutter takes fourth Macau win

Published: 11 November 2003

BSB star Michael Rutter took his fourth Macu GP win today, Saturday November 15. The British rider led from the start of the race on his Renegade Ducati to eventually beat closest rival John McGuiness by more than five and a half seconds.

McGuiness, hampered by mechanical problems on his Zong Shen Ducati throughout practice and qualifying, could not match the pace of Rutter and decided to settle for a safe second place and a certain finish.

Third place went to Brian Morrison. The veteran Scotsman finished 26 seconds in front of fourth placed Marks Barth on the Fylde Superbikes Suzuki. Fellow Scot Stuart Easton was looking likely for a podium finish, but the 20-year-old had to settle for fifth on his superbike debut after tangling himself up in a trackside barrier after running wide at the Melco Hairpin.

The Supersport class went to Australian Cameron Donald on the Zong Shen Yamaha, who finished in tenth overall. Second was the Triumph Daytona of Bruce Anstey. British rider Steve Plater was disappointed with third, after receiving a 30-second penalty for jumping the start. Despite leading on the road, the time penalty dropped him to 14th overall and the lowest step of the podium, despite smashing the previous lap record by a whole 4 and a half seconds.

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