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    2019 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix final race cancelled after major crash, no winner announced



    The final 2019 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix race today was cancelled after a major crash pile-up at Police, with the competition’s organisation revealing that the race will not be restarted and there will be no winner this year.

    “Regulations stipulate that for a Grand Prix to be run in its entirety it has to have a minimum of three laps. Since the race was red-flagged during lap two, counting back so that the riders only did one full lap, it means the 2019 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix was declared null and void. It has been canceled. There is not a result […] There will be no podium” a representative from the organisation informed after the race gor suspended.

    The final race of the day started at 3:55pm, with Peter Hickman – last year’s winner – having a strong start, followed by Michael Rutter and Ian Johnson.

    However, right during the very first lap, Portuguese rider Andre Pires crashed at the Melco Hairpin.

    A red flag was then raised as British rider Rob Hodson also crashed with Czech rider Marek Červený at Solitude “Esses”. Both riders fortunately did not sustain injuries and returned on their motorcycles from the scene of the incident.

    The race restarted after almost half an hour, with Michael Rutter using the opportunity to jump to first.

    He was almost immediately overtaken by Peter Hickman though, but that lap later cancelled after the Police bend crash, which involved six riders, namely Dutch rider Didier Grams, Irish rider Michael Sweeney, British rider Philip Crowe, Canadian rider Dan Kruger, Finnish rider Erno Kostamo, and Irish rider Derek Sheils.

    Luckily no rider suffered life-threatening injuries, although the last three riders were taken to the hospital for further assessment. All three were conscious when they were taken from the circuit.

    “There are two reasons why the race will not be restarted tomorrow. Firstly the scheduling is too difficult, and secondly, all the teams have used their tire allocation. They have no tires left to use,” the organisation representative explained.


    The tyre issue is disputed by most riders

    This was closely followed BY:-

    Rutter declared Winner


    In a surprising decision, British rider Michael Rutter has been declared the winner of the 2019 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

    After a major crash involving six riders during today’s final race, the Macau Grand Prix Organising Committee had announced that the race had been abandoned, with no winners announced.

    However, a decision was later announced, with Rutter achieving a ninth win in Macau in strange circumstances, ahead of Bathams team-mate Peter Hickman and with David Johnson for Tak Chun by PBM Ducati in third.

    The race saw two red flags, the second and final one caused by a large crash at Police bend, in a race that had so far been dominated by Hickman.

    The first red flag was after an accident between Rob Hodson (JGH Racing) and Marek Červený (Wepol Racing BMW) at Solitude Esses with both riders receiving only minor injuries and returned to the paddock on the recovery truck.

    The organizers then declared a re-start, thereby nullifying the three laps which had been run, per the regulations, and re-formed the grid for an 8-lap race.

    After the race re-start, Rutter managed to overtake his MGM by Bathams Racing, however, Hickman still managed to regain a first place on the third last lap, which ended up being suspended after the final main accident.

    The accident involved the following riders: Erno Kostamo (MGM by Penz 13), Derek Sheils (Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki), Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport BMW), Michael Sweeney (Martin Jones Racing BMW), Philip Crowe (Handtrans-Lee-Jackson-AC BMW) and Dan Kruger (MGM by Penz 13 BMW).

    Kostamo, Sheils and Kruger were taken to hospital; all were conscious.

    Kruger and Sheils have been discharged, while Kostamo is in a stable condition and said to have to undergo surgery tonight.

    According to the GP organisation, there was no opportunity to re-start the race for the second time and regulations dictate that the result must be declared based on a single lap of the second race.
     
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