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Macau Grand Prix: Hutchinson all set for racing comeback

Isle of Man TT star Ian Hutchinson will compete in his first race of 2013 on the Milwaukee Yamaha at the Macau Grand Prix
Ian Hutchinson will make his racing return this weekend at the 47th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix on the Milwaukee Yamaha, where Michael Rutter is chasing his ninth victory at the famous event.

Hutchinson, who sustained a badly broken leg in a freak crash at Silverstone following a memorable season in 2010, has successfully completed two tests at Almeria in Spain and Donington Park.

The Yorkshire rider is embarking on the latest stage of his comeback trail after sitting out the 2013 season to recover from more surgery on his damaged left leg.

On his last visit to the Guia street circuit in 2011, the 34-year-old – who won five TT races in a week in 2010 – finished in third place behind Ducati riders Rutter and Martin Jessopp.

Rutter is back on Robin Croft's SMT Honda, which he rode to an unprecedented eighth victory at Macau last November.

The British Superbike veteran's opposition includes Isle of Man TT star John McGuinness on the Honda Legends Fireblade, plus Jessopp on the Riders BMW, who has finished as the runner-up for the past two seasons at Macau.

Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson will ride the Quattro Plant Honda and is joined by Welshman Ian Lougher, who is making his final racing appearance on the ILR/Barnes Honda before hanging up his leathers for good.

Bradford's Dean Harrison will make his debut at Macau on the RC Express Racing by MSS Kawasaki, while the USA is represented by Jeremy Toye, Mark Miller and Brandon Cretu.

The entry also includes Horst Saiger from Austria, Manxman Dan Kneen, Aussie David Johnson and Hungary's Sandor Bitter.

Stephen Thompson from Northern Ireland will ride the T&R Suzuki, with fellow countrymen Lee Johnston (East Coast Honda), Jamie Hamilton (VRS Honda) and Davy Morgan (CSC Racing Suzuki) also making the trip to the Far East.

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Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki at the Macau Grand Prix.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Macau Grand Prix.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the Macau Grand Prix.

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November 12, 2013 2:02 PM

Lets welcome back a Superstar of Road Racing and look forward to the TT 2014 with Mega anticipation ! Ian Hutch,Micky Dunlop,John Mguiness, and all the young blood chasing hard !!! Very Hard Roll on 2014 RRacing season and welcome back Ian !!! Hope you get some luck as well as your amazing ability to ride a bike !!

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