Michael Rutter completed a hat-trick of wins when he clinched the 36th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix yesterday and in the process gave the Ducati factory their first triumph on the twisting 3.8-mile circuit. The 29-year-old Leicestershire Ducati Manchester team rider lived up to his top billing as he steered his 998cc bike over the line a clear winner to become only the third rider in history to win the Macau title three times. Now in the company of previous three-time Macau winners Sadeo Asami, 'Rocket' Ron Haslam and Steve Hislop, Englishman Rutter joined an elite band as he took the chequered flag in front of fellow Britons John McGuinness and David Jefferies in the shortened 10-lap race, which was held over from Saturday because of rain. Rutter was delighted with his latest win that added to his Macau triumphs in 1998 and 2000. He said he was also happy for Ducati knowing the Italian bike manufacturers had never won in Macau before. All three riders across the finish line were previous winners of the race, with Jefferies snatching third place after making a cautious start because of concerns about the clutch on his TAS Suzuki GB machine. Rutter, who was competing in Macau for the eighth time and was the British Superbike Championship runner-up this year, said: 'It's Ducati's first win. They [Ducati] got pole position and their first race win. It does do me a bit of good by winning for them. It's the first time they are sponsoring me here and it's nice to get a win for them. 'We will get ready for next year and I will compete in the British Championship hoping to win it this time. That starts in March. But I will return to Macau again next year. I love it here. It's hard work around the circuit, but it's a fantastic event.' Pundits expected Rutter, McGuinness and Jefferies would fight it out for honours and that is how it panned out. Rutter crossed the line 6.862 seconds ahead of defending Macau champion McGuinness, while Jefferies was a further 2.5 seconds behind. Rutter knew he had his work cut out racing against his 'mates'. He said: 'There's always is pressure racing against John [McGuinness] and Dave [Jefferies] because they are brilliant riders and you just don't know what they are going to do. I have been racing all year on this bike and I am used to going out there. It is an advantage [racing on the same bike] because you know everything about the bike and you know what to do with it.' McGuinness, who was dominant in winning last year, didn't have the bike to really threaten Rutter and settled for second place in his fifth visit to Macau. 'I enjoyed the ride and I had a safe finish. Second place is good. It's been an enjoyable few days and I think I did the best I could have done,' said 30-year-old McGuinness, who was astride a China-Macau Zong Shen Racing Team Honda 954cc bike. Jefferies, who failed to post any practice times on Thursday after his engine blew, said he was happy with third place. 'I had a few problems with the clutch this year so I didn't want to give it too much grief off the line and risk the clutch slipping through the race. The plan was for me to pick my way through the field and the plan worked,' said Jefferies, the 1999 Macau GP champion. 'I am happy with third place because I came here not expecting to beat Mike [Rutter]. He is used to riding that bike and he has been riding it all year. John [McGuinness] proved that he could be quick on the same bike as last year. I am pleased to be on the podium. Ducati enjoyed their best day in Macau, winning not only the senior class but also the supersport class after 20-year-old Scot Stuart Easton rode his 750 Ducati to victory for the China-Macau Zong Shen Racing Team. Meanwhile, top Hong Kong rider Cheung Wai-on said he should have won yesterday's ACMC Trophy after darkness and light rain caused the race to be shortened by two laps. Cheung finished second in the race he has won three times, but the 21-year-old felt hard done by when organisers stopped the race after only eight laps. Pole setter Ryosuke Nakaki, astride a Yamaha TZ125, fought off Cheung's challenge to win the race for the first time, with the Hong Kong champion just 0.498 of a second behind in his Honda RS125. Hong Kong's Chow Ho-wan finished third in his Honda RS125, ahead of Macanese rider Leong Iok-choi. Cheung said: 'I was going great right towards the end and I was confident that I would pass him [Nakaki] on the last lap. So I was really surprised that the race had to be stopped. I think I could have won the race.'