40Th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix- 2005

19 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 40Th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix- 2005
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition

Length: 3.8 miles (6.2 km)

Minimum width: 22.8 feet (7 m)

Motorcycle Lap Record: 2:28.233 (Michael Rutter, 2003/998cc Ducati)




Steve Plater emerged triumphant from a record-breaking Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition to take victory and put paid to Michael Rutter’s hopes of adding to his tally of wins. Plater, on the AIM Racing Yamaha 1000, passed Rutter, the pre-race favourite, on lap four and stayed out ahead of his rival until the chequered flag.

Rutter, looking for his seventh win which would have been a record for the event, tried hard to regain the advantage and four times he and Plater broke Rutter’s long-standing lap record. Rutter, on the Stobart Motorsport Honda 1000, was badly baulked by a slower rider two laps from home but continued to chase the race leader and was just under a second behind him at the chequered flag.

One man who was not disappointed that Rutter was beaten was former British star Ron Haslam who shares with him the record of six wins in the event. Haslam was a guest of the event as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Rutter said: I was trying my hardest but Steve came past me. I thought I would see where he was quick and where he was slower, but I got messed up by a backmarker and Steve just about got past him. That cost me a bit of time, but I caught him back up and noticed he was catching the wall a few times, and paint was flying off onto my visor.

I tried my best, but fair play to him for winning.

Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition

Stobart Honda team owner Paul Bird said: “Whilst it’s not the win that we came for, two bikes on the podium isn’t bad at all and to get our other two riders inside the top six has been a pretty good achievement. No names mentioned but there was some pretty desperate riding going on out there and my riders were sensible enough not to get mixed up in it. But I’m delighted that we have come away from here with these results and we can now start building towards next year.”

Luton-born Steve Plater, known to the race paddocks as Grinner talked us through his race at the press conference: I got a very good start away from the line, but going into the first corner Michael closed the door on me a little bit. That meant I didn’t get a very good exit out of the corner which dropped me down to fourth place by the time we got to Lisboa. I didn’t want to push too hard at first, because obviously with a full tank of fuel the bike is quite difficult to ride.

I was suffering a bit and running wide through the corners. I just settled down for two or three laps to see what my pace was like and how things were going. The Stobart Honda is a very good bike and Michael is always fast, especially around here, but I just knuckled down, got past the two guys in front of me and managed to come back at him again. . and once he got past Rutter on Lap 4 he put kept up a blistering pace and both riders broke the lap record more than once – but Rutter saw his hopes of a record-breaking 7th victory disappear as Plater stayed in the lead for the next 11 laps, taking the win on the 40th anniversary of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

A third British racer, Ian Hutchinson, Rutter’s team mate looked as though he would challenge for victory in the early stages, but after losing second spot to Plater he began to drop back and finally finished third, twenty seven seconds down on the race winner. Scot Stuart Easton, a third member of the Stobart Motorsport Honda squad, was fourth home, five seconds behind Hutchinson but only a tenth of a second ahead of another British racer, Guy Martin on the second AIM Racing Yamaha.

Former winner and the man who has finished runner-up to Rutter for the past four years, John McGuinness, had for him a poor race and finished sixth on his Stobart Motorsport Honda. Steve Allan beat fellow Scot Callum Ramsay, both on MSS Discovery Racing Kawasakis in the Supersport 600 Class. It was the second year in succession that Allan had taken victory in the race, but he announced afterwards that he was now looking for a Superbike ride for next year’s event.

As for the Americans in the race, Mark Miller – it seems he had an electrical problem, the bike wouldn’t rev past 8K on lap 2. Apparently John Haner had a broken sub frame bolt and Jeremy Toye’s bike overheated.

Hong Kong racer Cheung Wai On on his privately-owned Yamaha was third in the smaller bike class, 20 seconds behind Ramsay.

Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition
Honda CBR 1000 RR Ian Hutchinson Edition

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