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No-one else was able to match the Midlander's pace early on, enabling him to pull a 1.6s gap by the end of lap two while Johnson, John McGuinness and the still-injured Simon Andrews scrapped it out for the podium spots.

Jessopp, on the Riders Ducati, didn't get the best of starts and dropped back to sixth place before getting the hammer down to try and catch the pack dicing for second place.

As Rutter did his disappearing act, Ice Valley BMW's Simon Andrews found a way past his Honda Legends team-mate McGuinness on lap three and then tried a move on Johnson into R-Bend but went in too hot and backed out of the throttle, allowing Johnson back past and Jessopp to draft past on the brakes into Reservoir at the start of lap four.

Jessopp then powered past the Fireblade of Johnson on the runout of the Melco hairpin and into second. Rutter had pulled out a 3.6s lead at half-distance but Jessopp chopped it back to 2.6s by the start of lap six. 
Rutter's pitboard showed that his 2011 BSB team-mate was catching him and he upped the pace. Andrews had done a number on Johnson to take the final podium slot and set about trying to catch Jessopp but the gap was too much.
TT legend John McGuinness was also trying to find a way past Johnson and tried a pass at Lisboa but his was in too fast and ran straight on, which cost the Morecambe man a possible fourth place.
Back at the front, Rutter managed the gap to cross the line 4.9s ahead of Jessopp in a carbon copy of last year's result. Andrews took his debut Macau podium in third and that will do his brain the world of good.
Johnson took fourth place with Horst Saiger a creditable fifth. Conor Cummins put his Tyco Suzuki in sixth ahead of McGuinness, Jimmy Storrar, Dan Kneen and James Hillier. Steve Mercer was 11th, James McBride 12th, David Johnson 16th, Steve Heneghan 18th, Davy Morgan 19th and Jamie Hamilton 20th.

2012 Macau Grand Prix - conditions dry

1 1 Michael RUTTER GBR SMT Racing
2 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR Riders Motorcycles
3 17 Simon ANDREWS GBR Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade
4 5 Gary JOHNSON GBR Quattro Plant Motorsports
5 8 Horst SAIGER AUT Saiger-Racing
6 4 Conor CUMMINS IOM Tyco Suzuki
9 55 Dan KNEEN IOM Marks Bloom Racing
10 37 James HILLIER GBR Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing
11 12 Steve MERCER GBR T + R Motorsport
13 66 Branko SRDANOV NED Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade
14 26 Didier GRAMS GER German Team - Heidger - M/Sport
15 10 Mark MILLER USA Splitlath Redmond
16 20 David JOHNSON AUS Splitlath Redmond
17 13 Riko PENZKOFER GER Penz
18 54 Steve HENEGHAN IRL Quattro Plant Motorsports
19 71 Davy MORGAN GBR CSC Racing
20 44 Jamie HAMILTON GBR RPM Performance



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