Peter Hickman has picked up pole position in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s Macau Grand Prix – just ahead of his Bathams BMW teammate Michael Rutter.

Peter Hickman on the Bathams BMW takes pole position ahead of this weekend's Macau GP.

After a hugely successful season road racing, Hickman put in the fastest lap in Thursday’s morning practice session – and his first lap in the afternoon qualifying session put him at the top of the leaderboard, where he stayed there until the end of the session. He clocked a 2’25.10 on his final lap of the 6.2km street circuit. His teammate Michael Rutter was 1.7 seconds behind in second, with John McGuinness third another 0.348 behind him.

And despite Rutter and McGuinness’ teammate David Johnson putting in some solid times this morning, Hickman’s time from yesterday sealed him pole positon for Saturday’s race.

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Hickman is a strong favourite to take the win over the weekend – and if he does, it’ll be his fourth in five years. But Rutter will be hot on his heels. He finished second to Hicky last year – but there’s no forgetting he’s won a record-breaking eight Macau GP’s over the years.

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Tony Carter

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