Macau GP 2013!
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HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO IAN HUTCHINSON AND MILWAUKEE YAMAHA!
Ian Hutchinson confirmed his return with Milwaukee Yamaha earlier this week and on his first appearance with the team since the announcement at this weekend’s 47th Macau Grand Prix a stunning performance saw him claim the pole position and the race victory.
Hutchinson had edged out eight-time winner Michael Rutter to the pole position in qualifying and in the race the pair had been pushing for the lead over the opening laps before the Milwaukee Yamaha rider edged out an advantage before the race was stopped with two laps remaining. Gary Johnson completed the podium for the Quattro Plant Motorsports with Honda TT Legends’ John McGuinness in fourth place. Hutchinson last stood on the podium at Macau in 2011 when he finished third to Rutter and Martin Jessopp, but today’s performance marks his first victory at the annual event.
Macau Grand Prix, race result:
Ian Hutchinson (Milwaukee Yamaha)
Michael Rutter (SMT Racing) +2.418s
Gary Johnson (Quattro Plant Motorsports) +8.741s
John McGuinness (Honda TT Legends) +23.018s
James Storrar (DMR Racing) +24.271s
BSB 2013 - Final Round!
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The Milwaukee Yamaha team ended their season with a podium finish at Brands Hatch as James Ellison overcame his disappointment of race one to claim a third place in the second race of the weekend whilst Tommy Bridewell claimed a fourth place in the final race.
In the second race of the weekend Ellison got a flying start and carved his way up the order to hit the front of the pack, but as the conditions changed he was passed in the closing stages by Lee Costello and Josh Brookes who claimed the win. Bridewell had slid out of contention in the challenging conditions at Druids, but fought back to in the final race of the season to claim a fighting fourth place ahead of team-mate James Ellison.
Ellison said: “A podium was what we were going for but qualifying where we did I thought it would be an uphill battle today, but I had a good line for the first few corners and it seemed to work out and then I found myself in the lead and I thought ‘that will do’. I pushed so hard and full credit to all of them on the podium as there was nothing more I could squeeze out. We couldn’t quite do it in the final race but I want to thank the Milwaukee Yamaha team for their hard work this season.”
Bridewell said: “It was a difficult day and it was tough with the conditions and I just spun it out in the first race today on a wet patch. The last race I started quite far back and the bike felt unbelievable. I followed Shakey through the pack and I honestly thought about having a go and it was a big decision but I decided to let them decide the championship and not get involved. I think one hundred percent we could have been on the podium but I am happy to have ended the season strongly and I need to thank Milwaukee Yamaha.”
Team owner Shaun Muir concluded: “It is a shame the Showdown didn’t work out for us and our challenge petered out because the deficit was too much to close here and it wasn’t meant to be for James. In respect of Tommy he worked hard all weekend and was on the back foot with the conditions but he ground on throughout. He took a sensible view in race two not to get involved with the title fight but it was a great end to the season. Big congratulations have to go to Alex Lowes and Samsung Honda for the title win and I also want to thank Milwaukee and all of our partners for this season. Let’s hope the winter goes quickly!”