10 October 2012
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.
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