Rutter in command as Martin suffers deja vu

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am

Moorish Hill holds bad memories for Briton Guy Martin and yesterday it came back to haunt him. Martin was ruled out of the 42nd Motorcycle Grand Prix tomorrow after he was knocked out in a crash in yesterday's practice run.

It is the second successive year the Grimsby-born rider has suffered this fate - last year he failed to make it through to the final day after crashing out at almost the same place.

Martin lost control of his Honda 1000cc superbike and hit the barriers. He lost consciousness and suffered minor injuries to his face and hand. He was taken to the Macau general hospital with concussion and was kept for observation.

Michael Rutter began his bid for glory and a record seventh title by grabbing the provisional pole astride his Ducati 1200 with a time of two minutes 28.156 seconds in the qualifying session later in the day. In second place was rival John McGuinness, followed by Steve Allan, Cameron Donald and Stuart Easton.

Rutter, who registered the fastest times in both free practice and qualifying, will be intent on keeping his stranglehold as the bikers face one final qualifying session early this morning to decide the grid for tomorrow's race.