McGuinness delighted with Macau battle

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Honda Racing’s John McGuinness may have left the 2015 Macau Grand Prix upset not to return to the podium for the first time since 2009 at the Far Eastern race, but the former winner says the fun of his race-long battle makes up for the result.

“I am slightly disappointed that I wasn’t on the podium, but I’ve had a good year and I enjoyed myself so I’m happy with fourth. It’s a really good way to end the season.

Spending the entire twelve lap race locked in a dice with Gary Johnson, Michael Rutter, Ian Hutchinson and Stuart Easton for third place, it was only a brave move around the outside of Johnson at Moorish on the last lap that gave him the result.

“I got an average start off the line and after that, it was just wheel-to-wheel for the whole 12 laps. I had a great race with Michael, Gary and Hutchy, and then Stuart came from nowhere and got stuck into our group.

“Everyone’s making a big deal over the move on Gary for fourth, and it might have been brave, but I had confidence in myself and the Fireblade that we’d make it, so I thought just go for it!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer