Rutter Wins 2004 Macau GP
Red Bull Honda’s Michael Rutter won his third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in a row, and fifth overall, the Englishman holding off fellow countryman John McGuinness in the southeast Asian street race, while the American contingent of Josh Hayes, Geoff May, and Jeremy Toye finished fifth through seventh.
Rutter passed Monstermob Ducati’s McGuiness, 32, at the halfway point in the 15-lap race and fended him off to win by 0.518 seconds. Rutter, 31, completed the race in 37 mins., 30.397 secs. at an average speed of 91.253 mph.
McGuinness’s teammate Stuart Easton was third, 24 seconds back with a gap of nearly 13 seconds on Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter (Yam) in fourth.
Then came Attack Kawasaki’s Josh Hayes, the former AMA Superstock Champion finishing fifth in his debut on the island. Hayes, who was about 15 seconds behind Hinterreiter, had been fourth fastest in both an earlier practice and the Saturday morning warm-up. Following Hayes were Geoff May (Suz) and Jeremy Toye (Yam).