DOUBLE MACAU PODIUM FOR PBM KAWASAKI2009-11-21 18:22
The Kawasaki Superbike Racing Team recorded a superb double podium when Conor Cummins and Ian Hutchinson finished second and third respectively in this morning's Macau Grand Prix.
Aboard the www.supercasino.com, Vent-Axia, Henleys and Kick Energy-backed Ninja ZX-10R which Broc Parkes raced in this year's World Superbike Championship, 23-year-old Manxman Cummins, on only his third visit, chased down a six second deficit behind leader Stuart Easton and going into the penultimate lap, Cummins hit the front but despite a frenetic last lap battle, it was Easton who held on for victory by a third of a second after fifteen laps of the 6.12km Circuito Da Guia.
Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson brought the second of the works PBM Kawasakis home in third place after seeing off a challenge from Gary Johnson to give the PBM team cause for further celebration, especially as Easton is also personally sponsored by team owner Paul Bird!
Conor Cummins: "There was some confusion at the start of the race and by the time I got going, I'd been held up which had allowed Stuart to build a big lead but little by little, I reeled him in and took the lead going into Fishermans on the last lap but one. I thought I could hold him off but Stuart has a lot of experience around here and I got a bad run through the backmarkers so he got by me again but I'm happy enough with second place. The bike has been great and the team is fantastic and I'm delighted with the result."
Ian Hutchinson: "I got held up early on and by then, both Stuart and Conor had gone but after a bit of a battle with Gary Johnson, I ended up having a lonely race. I had to get used to the Pirelli tyres as their characteristics are different to the Dunlops I've been using and also I had to learn the Kawasaki so to finish on the podium is fantastic. We're off out for a few beers tonight and to spend the podium bonus Birdy has promised me...!"
Paul Bird: "My lads rode fantastic but you've got to hand it to Stuart again. Conor rode well for a big lad with not much experience round here and I thought he could do it but the backmarkers cost him dearly. Hutchy did a great job and dug deep to get us third place so I'm pleased for all of them. It's one of Kawasaki's best results of the season and fully vindicates us bringing the team here."
1 Stuart EASTON - GBR - Hydrex IGT Honda - 36:50.910
2 Conor CUMMINS - IOM - PBM Kawasaki WSBK Team - 36:51.291
3 Ian HUTCHINSON - GBR - PBM Kawasaki WSBK Team - 37:00.702
4 Gary JOHNSON - GBR - AIM Racing - 37:06.508
5 Rico PENZKOFER - GER - BMW Macau Racing Team - 37:15.519
6 Michael RUTTER - GBR - Team of Paris - AXA Racing - 37:22.761
7 Simon ANDREWS - GBR - Team of Paris - AXA Racing - 37:25.237
8 Luis CARREIRA - POR - Benimoto Suzuki Cetelem - 37:26.117
9 Jeremy TOYE - USA - Lee's Cycles Racing - 37:26.403
10 Stephen THOMPSON - GBR - Robinson Concrete Honda - 37:34.767
Source: Cartersport Motorsport Media
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