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Macau entry list announced

Macau record holder Michael Rutter back on a Honda in pursuit of eighth win, MotoGP-style three in a row grid format introduced.
31 riders from 13 different nations and territories will contest the 46th running of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix from November 15-18.

Having cemented his place in the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix history books by taking an historic seventh victory in 2011, the undisputed Two-Wheel King of Macau, Michael Rutter, will be back this year and on the hunt for an eighth win.

The Briton will join fellow countryman and winner at Macau in 2001, John McGuinness, on a pair of SMT Racing Honda 1000cc machines.

McGuinness, second quickest in qualifying last year behind Rutter but only sixth across the line, is the reigning outright lap record holder on the Isle of Man TT course and winner of the 2012 Joey Dunlop TT Championship Trophy.

He is also currently fourth in the FIM Endurance World Championship, in the Honda Legends team with former Macau rider Cameron Donald. Another leading endurance competitor, Horst Saiger of Austria, will be back in Macau this year with Saiger-Racing.com .

Martin Jessopp, who impressed with his second place finish last year, is back with Rider's Motorcycles.com on a Ducati 1200cc.

Jessopp, 27, has been contesting the FIM Supersport World Championship this season, but was handicapped by two shoulder injuries, one of which was a broken collarbone sustained in May's North West 200, in as many weeks.

Another returnee to Macau is Isle of Man rider Conor Cummins, 26. Cummins was also injured at the North West 200 earlier this year and, as a result of this – and the cancellation of the Senior TT due to weather conditions – he was unable to race there. Second at Macau in 2009, Cummins is entered on a Tyco Suzuki 1000cc this year.

Making his fifth visit to Macau is Briton Gary Johnson, this year teaming up with Guia Circuit rookie and fellow Metzeler National Superstock 1000 regular Steve Heneghan on the Quattro Plant Motorsports team. The pair will ride Honda and Kawasaki bikes respectively, and Irishman Heneghan hopes to benefit from Johnson's experience of the demanding street circuit.




Related Pictures

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Michael Rutter - Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati [pic credit: CGPM]
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix

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cruachan - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 10:43 PM

Easton clearly isn't 100% yet so I don't think going to Macau would be a good idea for him. He's shown flashes of his old speed this year in BSB but it will take time. A good rest and preseason should help. Hardly uncommon, Guintoli took a long time to recover from the injuries he got when Brookes torpedoed him, and look at him now. Conor Cummins is only now starting to show his old pace again after his TT crash.

Tetley

October 14, 2012 10:15 PM

I hope Rutter's Macau form is better than his BSB form this year. Blade was in great form at NW200 but his results went downhill from there. What has happened, or didn't happen?



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