Macau, China. The Penz13.com BMW by MGM China & Special Olympics Macau team had a strong start to the 50th anniversary edition of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. At today's First Free and First Qualifying Practice, the initial points couldn't had been more different for the two BMW S 1000 RR gladiators Gary Johnson and Danny Webb. Whereas Johnson targets the podium, Webb is new to the track in the Chinese gambler paradise.
Johnson started the day off with a 2:31,8 time in the free session this morning, landing him 7th in the standings, 4.755 seconds down on pace setter and fellow BMW-rider Michael Rutter. Johnson however went on to improve himself by almost four seconds in the Qualifying this afternoon and moved up the ranking to fifth – 2.712 seconds behind provisional pole setter Rutter and only 0,191 seconds behind third placed rider.
Webb as a Newcomer to Macau started the day and his first experience of the Guia Circuit in 24th position, posting a time of 2:39,3. In the afternoon the former GP rider upped his pace by 5 seconds to land a 2:34.7, just under 10 seconds behind the pace setters and in 19th spot so made successful improvements.
The second qualifying will be held tomorrow, Friday, at 07:30 Macau local time, the race, the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 50th Edition – will be held on Saturday 15:30 local time and is set to be over 12 laps.
Gary Johnson - Rider:
"I am happy enough today. The bike worked really good and we've been in the mix right from the word go. The improvements in the Qualifying could have been way better but I got held up in the mountains whilst using my soft tire so that was quite a shame. The positives from today though are, that I am in a group that is capable of fighting for the podium. I will give my all tomorrow in order to be as good as possible set up for the race on Saturday."
Danny Webb - Rider:
"Well, that's a quite fun place to ride, even though quite tricky in parts. The first part is absolutely cruelly fast and in the mountains it takes some time to find your way round. But I am happy with where we started and how we built on that, so I am looking forward to some more improvements tomorrow."
Rico Penzkofer - Team Principal:
"For now everything is running alright. I am very happy about Danny, he got faster and faster and is learning really quick. He has no pressure but I am sure there is a lot more to come from him. I am also happy with Gary today, the only thing that wasn't running to plan was that he got held up on his Qualifying tire, so that could have been a bit bitter, but still he proved to be in the podium battle mix and that is where we want to be on Saturday."
Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Racing Team Contact
Rico Penzkofer - team (at) penz13.com Toni Börner - press (at) penz13.com
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