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Five in a row for Pirelli and Michael Rutter at Macau Grand Prix

Michael Rutter scored an unprecedented eighth Macau Grand Prix victory to firmly secure his place in the record books and take a fifth consecutive win for Pirelli around the unique 3.8 mile, armco lined Far East street circuit.

Using the latest generation Pirelli Diablo Superbike slick tyres from the company’s ‘road race’ programme, Rutter opted for a harder rear compound for his SMT Honda Fireblade which lasted strongly throughout this unique race at the former Portuguese colony. Runner-up Martin Jessopp (Riders Ducati) chose the softer option rear to record a fastest lap and dominant Pirelli result at this final International event of the year.

During practice, incidents in the Formula 3 and World Touring Cars forced qualifying to be cut in half, as Rutter put in an early 2:27.566 lap to go to the top of the table, before securing pole position with a 2:27.545. Fellow Pirelli riders Martin Jessopp, Gary Johnson and Conor Cummins qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively.