THE Suncity Macau Grand Prix has been called off with just four laps in the bag after multiple red flags and a number of crashes caused delays.
And following stoppages of almost 45 minutes including a six-bike pile up in the last race on today’s schedule, no winner or result was declared.
On the original start, it was MGM by Bathams’ Peter Hickman who rocketed off pole position to grab the holeshot while Lee Johnston blasted up the grid ahead of David Johnson and Horst Saiger, with Davey Todd right on the Austrian’s tail.
While Portugal’s Andre Pires was flipped over the top of his Beauty Machines R1 at slow speed as he lost the rear at the hairpin on lap one, it already looked to be a battle for the other podium spots as Hickman stretched a 1.8sec gap over Rutter at the end of the first lap before taking another 2.6sec out of his team-mate on lap two.
As Hickman continued to drop the hammer, Tak Chun PBM Ducati’s David Johnson continued to creep ever closer to Rutter and by lap four, the Australian had tagged onto the back of him.
But progress was brought to a halt as Rob Hodson dropped his JGH Racing BMW just in front of Marek Cerveny, who was caught up in the incident and also hit the deck, and with fluid pouring out the red flags were thrown.
After a 20 minute delay, bikes headed back out for an eight-lap restart and while Brian McCormack was able to line up, John McGuinness was not following a reported fuelling issue.
As the lights went out again, however, Rutter was the man in control as he edged out Hickman heading into the first turn while Todd and Johnson settled into a fight for third.
But Johnson soon stretched a gap over Todd and joined the Bathams boys just before Hickman slid up the inside of Rutter with seven laps remaining, leaving Rutter behind as he powered ahead once again.
Carnage brought out more red flags, however, as a handful of bikes were caught up in an incident at the same spot where Hodson and Cerveny crashed earlier, including Erno Kostamo, Derek Sheils, Michael Sweeney, Phil Crowe, Dider Grams and Dan Kruger.
Kruger, Kostamo and Shiels were all taken to hospital for assessment, but all are conscious with no life-threatening injuries.
With no time to run racing tomorrow amid a packed car programme and not enough laps run to declare a result, the race was scrubbed as a spokesperson said “there is not a result…there will be no podium.”
*Image: Sports Bureau Macao