Michael Rutter isn’t entertaining any thoughts of taking his foot off the gas after he sealed a dominant eighth victory at the Macau Grand Prix on Sunday.
Rutter repelled a determine challenge by Martin Jessopp on the Riders Ducati to add another victory at the infamous Guia street circuit in the Far East, crossing the line on the SMT Honda with 4.9s in hand to further underline his standing as the master of Macau.
Simon Andrews made a stunning race return after suffering serious injuries in a crash at the Isle of Man TT to claim the final place on the podium on the Ice Valley BMW.
The 46th running of the event had been delayed by 24 hours due to rain and was reduced by five laps to a 10-lap race yesterday.
Rutter, who hit the front on the opening lap and dictated the pace from the front on the Honda Fireblade, utilised all his experience of the unforgiving roads course in Southern China to stay one step ahead of his rivals.
It was the 40-year-old’s eighth success at Macau, but Rutter has set himself a goal of pulling further clear in the all-time winners’ list as he eyes more silverware in the future.
“It’s fantastic here, the crowd has been fantastic, they love the bikes over here and hopefully it [winning run] can keep continuing,” said Rutter, who edged ahead of Ron Haslam when he won for the seventh time in 2011.
“It’s so important round here to get a good start.”