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Hutchinson wins Macau Grand Prix

Yorkshireman makes an astonishing comeback

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Ian ‘Hutchy’ Hutchinson has won the 47th Macau Grand Prix making an amazing comeback to racing after taking 18-months off to recover from a leg injury.

Hutchinson fell during a 2010 British Supersport race at Silverstone in wet conditions where he was struck by another rider leading to compound fractures to his left leg only three months after the Bingley rider achieved five Isle of Man TT wins in 2010.

Although Hutchinson returned to racing in the 2012 season, the 34-year-old was forced to sit out to allow his leg to heal fully for the entire 2013 season, until now.

During the post-race press conference, ‘Hutchy’ said: “It’s probably one of the most special wins I’ve ever had from what’s gone on from the last few years. Hopefully now we can put everything that’s happened with my leg behind us and move on to carrying on back where we left off 3 years ago.

“I would’ve preferred to have crossed the chequered flag. It would’ve been a bit more special, but we did what we did and we have the race win. I’ve got a lot of people to thank for it especially my team boss Shaun [Muir] and all my team that have stood by me for three years when I’ve been messing them about, on and off the bike, not always telling them the truth. But, a few months ago I told [Muir] that I was going to come here and win. [Muir] has stood by me and that’s really special.”

Eight-times Macau GP winner Michael Rutter finished second, with Gary Johnson taking his first podium position at Macau in third.

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