McGuinness drops from second to sixth

JOHN McGuinness and the SMT Honda team were left to rue what might have been at Sunday’s Macau Grand Prix when the Morecambe rider finished in sixth place in the shortened 10-lap race.

Having qualified in second around the 3.8-mile Guia circuit, McGuinness was hoping to challenge for the race win but tyre problems saw him slip gradually through the pack and he had to accept sixth place, some 14 seconds adrift of race winner Michael Rutter.

It was a problematic week at the Chinese colony with unseasonal weather conditions seeing heavy rain, which resulted in numerous delays to the schedule.

The action got under way with free practice on Thursday morning and a solid session saw John ease his way back in around the demanding armco-lined venue with the sixth fastest time but the rain then began to fall and the afternoon’s opening qualifying session was then cancelled with Friday following a similar pattern.

That meant that qualifying was pushed back to Saturday and limited to a single one-hour session.

See the Lancaster Guardian (24-11-11) for full story.