PETER Hickman will start tomorrow’s Suncity Macau Grand Prix in the best possible way after dominating this morning’s second qualifying.
The Team Aspire Ho by Bathams Racing ace was the only rider to dip into the 2:23s bracket as he beat eight-time race winner Michael Rutter to the top spot by over a second.
Tak Chun PBM Ducati man Jessopp was again fast from the word go as he clocked a 2:28 to lead Lee Hardy Racing’s Gary Johnson during the opening few minutes, but by lap two Rutter was already into the 2:27s as he shot from third to first.
The Blade dropped his lap time even further to a 2:26.249 with Hickman just over half a second down in second provisionally.
Rutter dropped into the low 2:25s before heading into the pits, but with 20 minutes to go Hickman clocked a 2:25.022 to nudge the veteran back to second place.
Meanwhile, Penz13’s Danny Webb had crept up into third with a 2’26.379, but was still over a second off Rutter’s time as he held off Jessopp in P4.
With under 15 minutes remaining, riders emerged from the pits for their final stints and while Jessopp moved ahead of Webb for third, all eyes were on Hickman and Rutter.
The Lincolnshireman wasted no time in dropping over a second from his fastest of the session, setting a 2:23.904 on just his second lap back out.
Rutter had a stab, but in the end was only able to set a 2:25.044 to go second quickest ahead of Gary Johnson, but Johnson’s late flyer was put to bed by Jessopp as the British Superbike regular pipped him for third on his final lap.
Johnson ultimately had to settle for fourth ahead of Webb and Austrian Horst Saiger, while PR Racing BMW’s David Johnson will start seventh.
John McGuinness, Derek Sheils and PRL/OHA Motorsport man Sam West complete the top 10 while Davey Todd is set to line up 11th after an impressive run of form inside the top eight for much of the first half of the session.
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