Macau GP Qualifying Results: Peter Hickman dominates on Macau streets

Peter Hickman starts his 2019 Macau GP campaign as he means to go on with a 1.7secs lead over Michael Rutter in Qualifying 1

Peter Hickman - Bathams BMW

Peter Hickman set a searing pace in first qualifying for the 2019 Macau GP to comfortably lead his Bathams team-mate Michael Rutter on the BMW around the streets of the Asian city.

Winner in three of his last four visits to Macau, Hickman was straight on form during first free practice and maintained that performance through to Q1 to complete a best lap of 2m 25.100.

Wary of the frequent red flag periods that disrupt sessions, Hickman’s best effort on the Bathams BMW came on his first flyer which held firm throughout to put a full 1.7secs between himself and Michael Rutter on the sister Bathams-backed Honda RC213V.

Riding the Ducati Panigale V4 R that took Scott Redding to BSB title glory, John McGuinness was fourth fastest – but two seconds slower than Hickman – while his Tak Chun Group by PBM team-mate David Johnson was a small margin back in fourth.

Horst Saiger was the best of the Saiger Racing Yamaha contingent in fifth, ahead of Burrows Suzuki’s Derek Shiels, Lee Johnston on the Ashcourt BMW and Davey Todd’s MGM by Penz13 BMW.

One more qualifying session is to come to formally decide the starting positions for Saturday’s race.

2019 Macau GP Qualifying 1 Results

2019 Suncity Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix - Qualifying 1 Results
No.RiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Peter HickmanGBRMGM by BathamsBMW S1000RR2m 25.100
2Michael RutterGBRMGM by BathamsHonda RC213V2m 26.838
3John McGuinnessGBRTak Chun Group by PBM DucatiDucati V4 Panigale2m 27.186
4David JohnsonAUSTak Chun Group by PBM DucatiDucati V4 Panigale2m 27.693
5Horst SaigerAUTSaiger RacingYamaha R12m 28.225
6Derek ShieldsIRLBurrows Engineering / RK RacingSuzuki GSX-R10002m 29.829
7Lee JohnstonGBRAshcourt RacingBMW S1000RR2m 30.136
8Davey ToddGBRMGM by Penz13BMW S1000RR2m 30.294
9Didier GramsGERG&G MotorsportBMW S1000RR2m 30.504
10Erno KostamoFINMGM by Penz13BMW S1000RR2m 30.622
11Robert HodsonGBRJGH RacingBMW S1000RR2m 30.978
12Phillip CroweGBRHandtrans - Lee Jackson - ACBMW S1000RR2m 31.014
13Marek CervenyCZEWepol RacingBMW S1000RR2m 31.122
14Gary JohnsonGBRAshcourt RacingBMW HP4 Carbon2m 31.218
15Michael SweeneyIRLMartin Jones RacingBMW S1000RR2m 31.463
16Ian HutchinsonGBRTeam Milwaukee with SMTBMW S1000RR2m 31.811
17Brian McCormackIRLON-1 RacingBMW S1000RR2m 31.967
18Samuel WestGBRPRLBMW S1000RR2m 32.428
19Paul JordanGBRDafabet Devitt RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR2m 32.624
20Steve HeneghanIRLReactive PartsDucati V4 S2m 33.234
21Xavier DenisFRAOptimark by performanXHonda CBR1000RR2m 34.334
22Dominic HerbertsonGBRDafabet Devitt RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR2m 34.665
23Craig NeveGBRCallmac Scaffolding RacingBMW S1000RR2m 35.387
24Andrea Silva PiresPRTBeauty Machines Racing TeamYamaha R12m 35.858
25Raul Torras MartinezESPTorras Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR2m 38.024
26David MorganGBRDM71BMW S1000RR2m 38.557
27Robert KrugerCANMGM by Penz13BMW S1000RR2m 40.331