Star River Windsor Arch Macau Motorcycle GP Preview

Eight time Macau winner Michael Rutter heads a strong line-up for the 47th edition of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The entry list also features 2001 winner John McGuinness and a number of debutantes including Dean Harrison, Dan Cooper and Brian McCormack. It will also see the return of Ian Hutchinson as he prepares for a full comeback in 2014, after an accident in 2010 sidelined him for the past three years.  The Macau Grand Prix is the end of the road racing season and riders will be looking to go out on a high.

Schedule

Thursday 14th November 

Practice (7.30am – 8.30am)
Qualifying (3.50pm – 4.35pm)

Friday 15th November

Qualifying (7.30am – 8.15am)

Saturday 16th November

Warm-Up (7.30am – 7.50am)
Race (3.30pm – 4.30pm) – 15 laps

Entry List

1 Michael Rutter – SMT Racing – Honda
2 John McGuinness – Honda TT Legends – Honda
3 Horst Saiger – Saiger-Racing.com – Kawasaki
4 Ian Hutchinson – Milwaukee Yamaha – Yamaha
5 Gary Johnson – Quattro Plant Motorsport – Honda
7 Dean Harrison* – RC Express Racing by MSS Performance – Kawasaki
8 Roman Stamm* – Team Bolliger Switzerland – Kawasaki
10 Mark Miller – Splitlath Redmond Racing – Erik Buell
11 Stephen Thompson – T & R Motorsport – Suzuki
12 Ian Lougher – IRL/Barnes Racing – Honda
15 James Storrar – DMR Racing – BMW
17 Nuno Caetano – KD Team of Portugal – Kawasaki
18 Lee Johnston – East Coast Racing – Honda
19 Mark Fissette – Heidger-Motorsport.de – Suzuki
20 Dan Cooper* – DMR Racing – BMW
26 Didier Grams – Heidger-Motorsport.de – BMW
39 Allann-Jon Venter* – Quattro Plant Motorsports – Kawasaki
40 Martin Jessopp – Riders Motorcycles BMW – BMW
44 Jamie Hamilton – VRS Racing Team – Honda
47 Brendan Cretu – Splitlaith Redmond Racing – Erik Buell
48 Hervé Gantner* – Penz13.com BMW Racing Team – BMW
54 Steve Heneghan – Quattro Plant Motorsports – Kawasaki
55 Dan Kneen – Marks Bloom Racing – Suzuki
57 Jeremy Toye – Penz13.com BMW Racing Team – BMW
60 Ben Wylie* – Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade – BMW
68 Dave Johnson – Lloyd & Jones PR Racing Kawasaki – Kawasaki
69 Paul Shoesmith – Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade – BMW
71 Davy Morgan – CSC Racing – Suzuki
77 Sandor Bitter – Quattro Plant Motorsports – Kawasaki
83 Graham English* – TIVA Engineering Ltd Fix Auto Collision – BMW
111 Brian McCormack* – TAG Racing – Honda
114 Andre Pires* – SBK/Incortcar – Suzuki

*denotes Macau rookie

The Macau Grand Prix itself is in its 60th year of running but this will be the 47th edition of the motorcycle Grand Prix. Rutter, who has won the race more than anyone else, will be going for a ninth victory – his first coming back in 1998. He will be going wheel-t0-wheel with John McGuinness, who won his sixth Senior TT this year along with a host of other familiar names. Other Macau regulars, with over ten visits, Mark Miller and Stephen Thompson will also be in the mix. Martin Jessopp is returning once again and, after finishing second in both 2011 and 2012, he will no doubt be looking to go one better in 2013.

The event will also mark the end of Ian Lougher’s long and illustrious career. Having announced his decision to retire back in June, Lougher has continued to enjoy success on the roads, including an 18th win at the Ulster Grand Prix. He returns to Macau for the ninth time, after a seven year absence. His best result was 4th place in 2004 and 2005, but can he get on the podium at his last race?

Lee Johnston, Mark Fissette, Jamie Hamilton, Steve Heneghan, Brandon Cretu, Paul Shoesmith, and Sandor Bitter have all raced at Macau once before and are back for a second attempt. Johnston in particular will be hoping for a better time than his debut in 2012 when a practice crash prevented him from racing – he was thankfully uninjured. Hamilton, Heneghan and Cretu made their debuts last year last year as well, finishing 20th, 18th and 22nd respectively. Fissette was top rookie in 2008 when he finished ninth. Shoesmith finished 17th in 2011 and Bitter is back for the first time since 2006, when he did not finish the race.

Other names among the entry list include Gary Johnson, who came second in the Supersport class at this year’s Isle of Man TT, and Horst Saiger who made his NW200 debut last year. Johnson and Saiger have both raced at Macau five times previously, finishing fourth and fifth respectively in 2012.

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