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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 November 2005, 11:10 GMT
Rutter claims sixth Macau triumph
Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter led from start to finish in the Macau Grand Prix
Michael Rutter equalled Ron Haslam's record after winning his sixth Macau Grand Prix on Saturday.

Rutter, riding for Red Bull Honda, led from start to finish, with John McGuinness second and Les Shand of Scotland third.

However, his win was overshadowed by the death of 45-year-old French rider Bruno Bonhuil, who died of chest injuries after crashing in practice.

Rutter said: "I just feel for the family. It put a dampener on the day."

Rutter was the class of the field as he put his British Superbike Championship disappointment behind him and he revelled in the challenging undulations and twists that this island circuit provides.

British riders filled nine of the top 10 places at the chequered flag, with only Mark Miller of the USA bucking the trend by finishing sixth.

Welshman Ian Lougher was fourth with Ireland's Stephen Thompson in fifth.

Rutter led from pole position with McGuinness his closest pursuer after the withdrawal through injury of Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter, who had qualified second.

For a time the top two were in a race of their own as the rest of the pack fell away, although Thompson and Callum Ramsay enjoyed a closely contested battle for fourth place, until the latter had to retire with five laps left.

Rutter's best lap was a half a second better than McGuiness' and the West Midlands-born rider ensured the gap hovered around the 10-second mark for much of the 15-lap race.




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