Gary Johnson misses out on Macau GP podium

Gary Johnson at the Macau Grand Prix EMN-151123-095402002
Gary Johnson at the Macau Grand Prix EMN-151123-095402002

Motorcycle racer Gary Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, secured a close fifth place in the 49th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix on Saturday.

The result does not reflect the close and exciting racing as the Lincolnshire rider diced for position throughout the 12-lap affair and could easily have finished on the podium.

Starting from the second row, in sixth position, Johnson moved up to fifth on the first lap and went past Michael Rutter into fourth on the next lap later. He then passed last year’s winner Ian Hutchinson to take third place on lap three.

At half-distance Hutchinson regained his third place, relegating Johnson to fourth which he held to lap nine.

There was a monumental battle with Johnson, Hutchinson, Rutter and John McGuinness all fighting for the final podium spot with positions changing throughout the next few laps.

But Johnson’s team-mate Michael Rutter finally got in front and pulled away to secure third place, leaving Johnson to fight it out with Hutchinson and McGuinness.

Johnson was riding in fourth on the penultimate lap, but on the final circuit, McGuinness moved ahead, leaving Johnson to take the chequered flag in fifth place just ahead of Hutchinson.

Fellow Lincolnshire rider Peter Hickman won the race ahead of Martin Jessopp and Michael Rutter, making it a British top six.