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52nd Macau Motorcycle GP 2018

Post by Andy » 7 months ago

Just a few weeks until the 52nd running and the entry list has been revealed in various media outlets. And since I haven't found just a list yet, I simply quote one of the latest articles on it. Original article can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/45953635
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Former winners headline entry for 2019 Macau Grand Prix

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Former winners Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman and John McGuinness head the entry for next month's Macau Grand Prix over the 3.8-mile Guia circuit.

Rutter will ride a MotoGP-based RC213V for the Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing team as he looks to extend his record number of wins at the event to nine.

Rutter's team-mate Hickman, winner in 2015 and 2016, competes on a BMW.

McGuinness, who missed the race last year through injury, joins Martin Jessopp in the PBM Ducati line-up.

McGuinness occupied the top step of the podium in 2001 and returned to competitive action at the Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling in August after 15 months out of the saddle.

Hampshire rider Jessopp was fourth last year and despite finishing on the rostrum on five occasions is still searching for his first victory.

Hickman will aim to make it a clean sweep of wins at the international road meetings in 2018, having triumphed in races at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix.

The Lincolnshire man set a new outright lap record at over 135mph the Isle of Man TT in June on his way to Senior TT success and recently secured a fifth place overall finish in the British Superbike Championship series.

Rutter's first win came in 1998 and his last in 2012 - he took third last year in a shortened race won by Northern Ireland's Glenn Irwin but marred by the tragic death of English rider Dan Hegarty.

Irwin revealed in July that he would not be competing in the event.

Gary Johnson will pilot the Briggs Equipment Kawasaki, with Australian David Johnson on board a BMW for PR Racing.

Republic of Ireland rider Derek Sheils, newcomer Davey Todd, the best newcomer and best privateer at TT 2018, and Danny Webb make up the Penz13 BMW team.

Skerries man Michael Sweeney and Saintfield's Davy Morgan also campaign BMW machinery, while Paul Jordan and Dominic Herbertson again make up the Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki outfit.

Other notable entries include Sam West, Ben Wylie, Steve Heneghan, Horst Saiger, Didier Grams and Marek Cerveny.

The Macau motorcycle grand prix will take place on Saturday 17 November over 12 laps.
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 7 months ago

The nearest I can get to an entry list is on the official website, which details the car and bike schedule with a few drivers/riders names. This is the piece relating to bikes. Similar info to what is already posted but....:
Former Champions and Exciting Newcomers Amongst Dazzling Two-Wheel Line-Up

The 2018 Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 52nd Edition is set to welcome back a trio of former winners who between them have 11 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix victories to their names. An international entry of 28 of the world’s top road racers brings both a wealth of experience as well as up-and-coming talent eager to prove their racing credentials on the legendary 6.2km Guia street circuit during the 12-lap Grand Prix which takes place on Saturday, November 17th.

Eight-time winner Michael Rutter leads the charge as the “Two-Wheel King of Macao” vies to break his own record of Macao wins with an incredible ninth victory, 20 years after his first win in 1998. Rutter reunites with Peter Hickman, Macao winner in 2015 and 2016, on the new Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing team.

Rutter, third last year, will ride a Honda RCV213 in November, with the seasoned competitor ending a season which has seen him take a sixth victory at the Isle of Man TT and a podium finish at the North West 200.

Team mate and fellow Briton Hickman on a BMW is certain to be amongst the favourites as he chases a Macao hat-trick. Fifth in the British Superbike Championship this season, earlier this year Hickman set a new outright lap record at the Isle of Man TT en route to his Senior TT win, continuing his strong form on both the roads and the circuits.

Having missed the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix last year due to injury, 2001 Macao winner John McGuinness makes a welcome return to the Guia Circuit in November. The 23-time Isle of Man TT winner made a winning comeback to racing this past August with a victory in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT. At Macao he’ll race a Ducati 1199 Panigale, as will his Tak Chun Group by PBM team mate Martin Jessopp. Fourth at Macao last year, Jessopp, who took his debut win at this year’s North West 200, has reached the Macao podium several times but is still in search of an elusive first Guia Circuit victory.

Briton Gary Johnson, sixth at Macao last year, is back with Briggs Equipment Kawasaki, as is Australian David Johnson of PR Racing on a BMW, having scored a top-10 finish last year.

The rest of the 28-strong field features a number of familiar faces and fan favourites from across the international road racing world, as well as a number of talented newcomers who are looking to impress on their Macao debuts.

Britons Ben Wylie and Davy Morgan return in November with Wylie on a Bimota BB3 with Bimota Racing / Amore Moto and Morgan on a DM71 BMW. Germany’s Didier Grams prepares for his ninth visit to Macao, this time with G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad.

Ireland’s Michael Sweeney returns for his fifth visit and will race with Martin Jones Racing on a BMW HP4, while France’s Xavier Denis is entered with PerformanX Racing on a BMW following a successful debut last year. Flying the flag for the Czech Republic is Wepol Racing by Penz13rider Marek Červený, who makes his third visit to Macao, this time on a BMW.

Fan favourites including Steve Heneghan of ReactiveParts.com will be back on the grid astride a Ducati Panigale V4, as will Austrian Horst Saiger who makes his 11th visit, this time on a Yamaha R1.

Also on a Yamaha R1 is Portugal’s André Pires with Team FastBike/Beauty Machines, while Briton Sam West will race a BMW with PRL/OHA Motorsport as he returns for a fourth time.

A three-strong PuraGlobe Syntainics Racing Oil by Penz13 team will see Ireland’s Derek Sheils, Briton Danny Webb and Macao newcomer Davey Todd on BMWs. Todd made a sensational first appearance at the Isle of Man in June having started road racing in 2017.

Fellow newcomers include Manxman Andrew Dudgeon of VRS Racing on a BMW, and C N Racing rider Craig Neve of Britain, also on a BMW. Britons Dominic Herbertson and Paul Jordan both on Kawasaki machinery will join forces at Dafabet Devitt Racing. Fellow Britons JGH Racing’s Rob Hodson and Phillip Crowe of Handtrans JCR Racing both on a BMW make their Macao debuts in November, as does Daley Mathison. Mathison is part of the Wepol Racing by Penz13 team with Červený. Raül Torras of Spain makes his Macao debut on a Yamaha with Raül Torras Racing by Martimotos, while 27-year-old Finn Erno Kostamo is another newcomer, entered by Markka Racing by Penz13 on BMW S 1000 RR
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Post by Andy » 7 months ago

Yeah, I came across parts of this release earlier this week as well.
I guess, that your article above is either ripped off or that a couple of (selected) media outlets already got pure lists.
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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

Here's the entry list in form ;)

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Post by hollie3sa » 6 months ago

Hopefully I have time to watch the race this year. Always missed it so far.

Do you know if and where the race will be broadcasted?

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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

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Hopefully I have time to watch the race this year. Always missed it so far.

Do you know if and where the race will be broadcasted?
No idea yet but usually something comes up the closer to the start of weekend
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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

Looks like we'll have a full livestream (bar FIA's WTCR) from Macau at https://livestream.com/accounts/2790703 ... 018-Global
It starts tonight at 11.15 UTC according to the site
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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

P1 one has been run and Michael Rutter tops the sheets from Peter Hickman and Martin Jessopp. Horst Saiger in a credible 5th. The session was red flagged twice after Andy Dudgeon came down first but restarted until Raul Tomas had an off at Mandarin and his bike burst into flames. After 15 minutes total time the first session was shortflagged
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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 6 months ago

I missed it but sounds live the usual eventful session we expect and love at Macau.

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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

Bikes on the go :)
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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

Macau News Agency wrote:Macau | Driver Raul Torras suffers traumatic head injury in accident - Grand Prix
Spanish driver Raul Torras suffered a traumatic head injury at the Mandarin Oriental Bend during the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix free practice and will not be able to continue in the competition

Macau (MNA) – Spanish driver Raul Torras suffered a traumatic head injury at the Mandarin Oriental Bend during the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix free practice on Thursday morning.

The Yamaha R1 driver was admitted to the emergence room of Conde S. Januario General Hospital and was diagnosed with a traumatic head injury and subarachnoid haemorrhage, frontal scalp hematoma.

The racer from Wepole Racing by PENZ13 team was considered not fit to race and will have to undergo surgery. It was his debut in the Macau Grand Prix.

British driver Andrew Dudgeon also suffered an accident in the same practice and will also be out of the competition.
Source: http://www.macaubusiness.com/driver-rau ... o97fzgBQRw

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 6 months ago

Sad to hear that we have serious injuries already. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to both mentioned riders..

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Post by Andy » 6 months ago

Peter Hickman took pole from Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp. Time to hit the deck. Cheers :)
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Post by hollie3sa » 6 months ago

Andy wrote:
6 months ago
Macau News Agency wrote:Macau | Driver Raul Torras suffers traumatic head injury in accident - Grand Prix
Spanish driver Raul Torras suffered a traumatic head injury at the Mandarin Oriental Bend during the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix free practice and will not be able to continue in the competition

Macau (MNA) – Spanish driver Raul Torras suffered a traumatic head injury at the Mandarin Oriental Bend during the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix free practice on Thursday morning.

The Yamaha R1 driver was admitted to the emergence room of Conde S. Januario General Hospital and was diagnosed with a traumatic head injury and subarachnoid haemorrhage, frontal scalp hematoma.

The racer from Wepole Racing by PENZ13 team was considered not fit to race and will have to undergo surgery. It was his debut in the Macau Grand Prix.

British driver Andrew Dudgeon also suffered an accident in the same practice and will also be out of the competition.
Source: http://www.macaubusiness.com/driver-rau ... o97fzgBQRw

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 6 months ago

Andy wrote:
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Peter Hickman took pole from Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp. Time to hit the deck. Cheers :)
Good result from Hickman given his relative (to others like Rutter) lack of Macau experience. I know he has done a few but nothing like Rutter who must know his way around there blindfold. :wink:

Is that not provisional pole though? I thought there was another qualy session this afternoon local time. (7pm for me.)

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