The Duke Road Race Rankings has added another big event for 2010 - the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Now in its ninth year, the rankings are the only series which creates a season-long points table for road racing. The Isle of Man TT, North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix already feature on the calendar, but it has been revealed that in 2010, for the first time, the Macau GP, due to be held from November 18 to 21, will be on the schedule.
Peter Duke, a founder of the series and Managing Director of Isle of Man-based Duke Video, announced the inclusion of Macau during the launch of the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings on Friday night.
The 2010 schedule, which gets under way on April 18 in Scarborough with the Ian Watson Spring Cup, was unveiled at the same event as the race programmes for this year's Southern 100, Pre-TT Classic and Post TT Road Races were launched.
Mr Duke said:
'The big change this year is that we're adding Macau. I think there are enough serious road racers who go over there now to make it sensible for us to add the event to the schedule.'
'The addition of another major event at the end of the season ensures we maintain the balance between the international and national road races which makes the Duke Road Race Rankings the only comprehensive measure of the performance of road racers over a full season.'
'It also means the Duke Road Race Rankings' season will continue until late November, and with Macau's reputation as tough and challenging circuit, it could throw up some last minute surprises in the outcome of the series.'
The Grand Prix at Macau, near Hong Kong, is held around the 3.8-mile Guia circuit. The current lap record of 2 minutes 25.17 seconds was set during the 2009 event, when Stuart Easton beat Ramsey rider Conor Cummins in a dramatic 15-lap battle to take his second victory at the GP.
The entry usually boasts many of the best road racers and short circuit riders around, including John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson, Guy Martin, Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews.
The 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings will feature 25 race meetings and more than 200 races. Ryan Farquhar took his fourth series win, and his second in a row, in 2009. Northern Ireland's most successful road racer has an added incentive to take another victory this year – as the winner in both 2008 and 2009, the Dungannon star will be able to keep the prestigious Geoff Duke Trophy if he claims his third rankings win in a row.