Macau GP first practice

Published: 17 November 2004

John McGuinness has gone fastest in the opening practice session for the Macau Grand prix which takes place on Saturday, November 20, riding the MonsterMob Ducati 999.

Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter went second quickest in the 50-minute session on his yamaha R1, 1.8 seconds behind McGuinness. MonsterMob rider Gus Scott was third fastest, with Michael Rutter in fourth. Rutter, looking for his third consecutive win, is riding the Red Bull factory Honda Fireblade, but ended the session 2.4 seconds behind McGuinness. Scot Roger Bennett was fifth on the ETI Ducati, and German Markus Barth was sixth on the Fyle Superbikes Kawasaki.

Top supersport rider is Callum Ramsay on the Valmoto Triumph Daytona in 14th place overall, and 1.5 seconds in front of his British team-mate Chris Palmer, with Cameron Donald third.

The first qualifying session begins shortly, with the final qualifying taking place on Friday November 19 to decide the grid positions for the 40 rider field for Saturday's 15 lap race.