Macau: Andrews seventh on Macau debut

Simon Andrews finishes seventh on his Macau Grand Prix debut, just behind team-mate and six-time winner Michael Rutter
Simon Andrews is plotting more road-racing outings after finishing seventh on his Macau Grand Prix debut around the fearsome Guia race track.

His first visit to the barrier-lined street circuit, Andrews admits his 'eyes nearly popped out' when he completed his first few laps as he got to grips with the tricky twists and turns in free practice.

More than ten seconds off the pace at one stage, Andrews qualified his Team of Paris AXA Kawasaki 12th, but was able to forge his way up the order to eventually cross the line seventh, one position behind team-mate and six-time Macau winner Michael Rutter.

"It was a great weekend and I really enjoyed it,” he said. “Getting seventh on my first visit here is a great result for both me and the team, I would have got sixth but my tyre didn't hold up. Once you get to grips with the place and you can ignore the walls it's similar to a short circuit race. I only hit a wall once in morning warm up but I suppose you have to rub your head on them occasionally because they're so close and are part of the race track.

"We started third from last in first practice on Thursday and just got faster and faster on the Friday. I didn't realise how much the track went up and down as it wound its way through the streets of Macau during the first free practice on Thursday and my first impression was that it's a pretty scary place. I found that you can't run into the turns trailing the front brake which is what I do on the BSB.”

However, while Andrews is planning more road-races in the future, he is ruling out the Isle of Man TT for the time being.

“A lot of people have asked me about the Isle of Mann T, but that's going a little too far. I am going to the Northwest next year in Ireland just to gain experience on the circuit."

Tagged as: Kawasaki , Andrews , Rutter , Macau

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