2017 Macau GP: Irwin under Easton’s lap record on way to pole

PBM Ducati’s Glenn Irwin went six-tenths under Stuart Easton’s seven-year-old Macau Grand Prix lap record on his way to pole postion for Saturday race, beating two-time winner Peter Hickman by a massive 1.8s.

Irwin left pitlane on his BSB-spec Panigale with 11 minutes left to run - and Derek Sheils in tow - and after a slowish bedding in lap to get some track space, blasted to a 2’23.081 to open a huge gap over the SMT/Bathams rider whose final run finished with a 2’24.891.

Multiple winner and race veteran Michael Rutter bagged third place with his final effort, putting in a 2’24.973 to hold off a charge from the Padgetts Honda of Conor Cummins, whose last lap of 2’25.555 put him in fifth.

Martin Jessopp found some pace to finish in fifth on the Riders BMW while David Johnson launched himself into sixth place with a 2’26.468. Lee Johnston was another big improver, and will start from seventh place with Horst Saiger in eighth. Sheils’ tow from Irwin was enough to bag ninth place. Gary Johnson completed the top ten.

2017 Macau Grand Prix qualifying practice two - conditions dry

1 4 Glenn Irwin GBR Ducati 1199RS 2:23.081 13 153.98
2 1 Peter Hickman GBR BMW S1000RR 2:24.891 13 1.810 152.06
3 2 Michael Rutter GBR BMW S1000RR 2:24.973 10 1.892 151.97
4 10 Conor Cummins IMN Honda CBR1000RR 2:25.555 15 2.474 151.37
5 40 Martin Jessopp GBR BMW S1000RR 2:26.056 14 2.975 150.85
6 20 David Johnson AUS BMW S1000RR 2:26.468 13 3.387 150.42
7 13 Lee Glen Johnston GBR BMW HP4 2:26.941 12 3.860 149.94
8 22 Horst Saiger AUT Kawasaki ZX10RR 2:26.999 13 3.918 149.88
9 82 Derek Sheils IRL Suzuki GSXR 2:27.053 13 3.972 149.82
10 7 Gary Johnson GBR Kawasaki ZX10RR 2:27.159 14 4.078 149.72
11 14 Dan Kneen IMN BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2:27.181 15 4.100 149.69
12 26 Didier Grams DEU BMW S1000RR 2:27.321 12 4.240 149.55
13 99 Danny Webb GBR BMW Motorrad HP4 2:27.781 13 4.700 149.09
14 46 Dan Cooper GBR BMW S1000RR 2:28.578 13 5.497 148.29
15 8 Daniel Hegarty GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2:29.017 14 5.936 147.85
16 6 Ivan Lintin GBR Kawasaki ZX10RR 2:29.052 12 5.971 147.81
17 62 Sam West GBR BMW S1000RR 2:29.454 16 6.373 147.42
18 9 Dean Harrison GBR Kawasaki ZX10RR 2:29.500 11 6.419 147.37
19 45 Marek Cerveny CZE BMW S1000RR 2:29.660 13 6.579 147.21
20 34 Ben Wylie GBR Bimota BB3 2:30.254 13 7.173 146.63
21 39 Allann-Jon Venter ZAF Yamaha R1 2:31.387 12 8.306 145.53
22 29 André Pires PRT Kawasaki ZX10R 2:32.167 15 9.086 144.79
23 53 Alessandro Polita ITA BMW Motorrad HP4 2:32.271 13 9.190 144.69
24 15 Petr Biciste CZE BMW S1000RR 2:32.367 14 9.286 144.60
25 54 Steve Heneghan IRL Suzuki GSXR1000 2:32.450 12 9.369 144.52
26 71 Davy Morgan GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2:35.508 14 12.427 141.68
27 65 Michael Sweeney IRL BMW HP4 2:36.677 3 13.596 140.62
28 182 Xavier Denis FRA Kawasaki ZX10RR 2:37.547 15 14.466 139.84

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