MOTORCYCLING: Johnson rides to podium finish at Macau GP

l-r Michael Rutter, Ian Hutchinson and Gary Johnson on the podium
l-r Michael Rutter, Ian Hutchinson and Gary Johnson on the podium

Gary Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, rode to his best ever finish at the annual Macau GP when he claimed a career best third place behind race winner Ian Hutchinson and Michael Rutter.

TT winner Johnson completed his qualifying in sixth place, going on to take fifth in the warm up session prior to the 47th Edition Star River Windsor Arch Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix run on the famous 6.1200km public road circuit.

As the race got underway Johnson got away to a fantastic start to lead the pack around the first corner and held station for a couple of laps before being passed by eventual winner Ian Hutchinson and then pushed back to third place by former winner Michael Rutter.

Riding the Quattro Plant Motorsports Kawasaki Johnson remained in touch with Rutter as the three front runners pulled well clear of the rest of the field and was running in a comfortable third place some 15 seconds ahead of multi TT winner John McGuinness when the red flag brought the race to an early end at 11 laps distance when a machine was left in a dangerous position following a crash.

Johnson was awarded third place and said: “I am really pleased with third, its my best result in the six years I have contested the race at Macau; last year I was fourth so perhaps next year I will make it to the runner up spot.”