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Rutter targets eighth Macau Grand Prix success

'You never know what will happen there but I am really looking forward to getting back out and getting a good result' - Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter is bidding to underline his status as the most successful rider ever in the history of the Macau Grand Prix this weekend.

Rutter eclipsed Ron Haslam in 2011 to become the famous event's most decorated exponent as he clinched his seventh success on the Riders Ducati.

This year, the veteran British Superbike star switches to Honda power after linking up with Robin Croft's SMT outfit along with 19-times Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness.

Rutter, making his 18th visit to the infamous Guia street circuit for the 46th running of the race, is chasing an incredible eighth win on Saturday.

And the Midlands star remains as enthusiastic as ever as he prepares for this weekend's showdown in Macau.

“Macau is always a race I really look forward to throughout the year," Rutter said.

"I am really happy to be racing with the Jezac SMT Racing team, it's great to get back on a Honda and I hope I'll be able to achieve a good result for Robin and his team.

“It's good to have a team-mate like [John] McGuinness, we get on really well and go back a long way so it will be good banter and I'm sure good racing.

“I'm happy to have the support again from my personal sponsors Bathams and R&B (TUFTAC) and to welcome Monster Energy and Datatag on board,” added the 13-times North West 200 winner.

“You never know what will happen over there but I am really looking forward to getting back out there and getting a good result.

“The competition as always is strong and it won't be easy but I'm eager to get there now and get racing.”

Rutter had been tied on six victories at Macau with Haslam since 2005 until he made the breakthrough last year to carve out a slice of racing history.

In addition to McGuinness, his opposition includes Conor Cummins (TAS Suzuki), Gary Johnson (Quattro Plant Honda), Martin Jessopp (Riders Ducati), Dan Kneen (Marks Bloom Suzuki), James Hillier (Bournemouth Kawasaki) and Simon Andrews (Ice Valley BMW).

Northern Ireland is represented by circuit newcomers Jamie Hamilton (Kawasaki) and Lee Johnston (Ducati), who will ride under the RPM Performance banner, plus Stephen Thompson on the T&R BMW.

Michael and William Dunlop made their debuts at Macau last year but neither opted to return this season.

Ian Hutchinson is recovering from surgery, while three-times winner Stuart Easton also misses the event.

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Michael Rutter - Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati [pic credit: CGPM]
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
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Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
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Michael Rutter on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter and John McGuinness during the pre-event press conference ahead of the 50th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Michael Rutter topped the opening practice session for the 2016 Macau Grand Prix.
Action from the 2016 North West 200
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.

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me - Unregistered

November 14, 2012 11:58 AM

Does anyone know of a station or website that will be showing the race? Last year all I could find was highlights a month later.

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