Michael Rutter has taken provisional pole position in the opening qualifying session for the 40th running of the Macau Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old BSB star lapped his Stobart Honda in 2.27.99, over two seconds clear of his second-placed Stobart Honda teammate, Ian Hutchinson. Steve Plater (AIM Yamaha) was third fastest and American racer Jeremy Toye was a surprise fourth on the Lees Cycle Racing Suzuki.
Scottish rider Keith Amor was the best newcomer in 14th on the DMR Racing Suzuki 600cc.
The opening free practice was hampered by damp patches on the track after heavy rain on Wednesday but there were no crashes.
Although he voiced concern about “the young guns at his heels” Rutter has put himself into a great position to become the most successful Macau rider ever. He is bidding to win for the seventh time to overtake the six wins that he shares with Ron Haslam. Quality bikes for sale: Click here.
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