Friday qualifying cancelled in Macau

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Bad weather continued to play havoc with the Macau Grand Prix schedule with Friday morning’s qualifying session being cancelled because of rain.  The packed car racing programme of practice and qualifying left no room for the bikes later in the day so all the action will shift to Saturday-again weather permitting.

It is hoped that the 7.30am Saturday morning warm up period of 20 minutes will now become a 45 minute qualifying period with the race scheduled for a 3.30pm start.  If there are any problems the race can be run on Sunday, as it last was in 2002.

With only one practice session newcomers like Michael Dunlop, riding a Paul Bird prepared ZX10 Kawasaki, are struggling to get to grips with the 3.8 mile Guia circuit.

‘I am fast on the bottom part but I am struggling big time on the top, twisty part between the yellow walls.’ Michael explained. ‘But what can we do, there is no choice because this place is too dangerous in the wet.’

Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer