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Ian Hutchinson to ride for PBM at Macau Grand Prix

Yorkshire's Ian Hutchinson may ride PBM MotoGP machine at Macau Grand Prix after penning new deal for 2015
Ian Hutchinson will return to the scene of his emotional 2013 Macau Grand Prix triumph as he teams up with Stuart Easton in a formidable line-up for Paul Bird Motorsport.

Hutchinson - who has signed with the team for 2015 - tasted victory at Macau last November for the first time as he returned from injury to shock race favourite Michael Rutter, sealing a sensational win for Milwaukee Yamaha.

However, after a disappointing season at the international road races and the MCE British Superbike Championship Hutchinson has been dropped by FFX Yamaha in BSB and will instead bid to retain his Macau crown in Bird's colours, when he may ride the team's MotoGP machine.

Team owner Paul Bird said: "We are all very excited to have 'Hutchy' joining us and as soon as I knew he was out of a job, I wanted him to ride for us. He's a quality rider and you don't win five TTs in a week by chance.

"He'll ride our Superstocker for the final two rounds at BSB and then we'll decide what to put him out on at Macau. We might even try him on the MotoGP bike there!

"For 2015, we will have a proper attack on the roads, which will give him his best chance in recent years and we are really serious about winning."

Midlands rider Rutter – who has won at Macau eight times – will ride for Milwaukee Yamaha after SMT Racing's Robin Croft and Shaun Muir reached a deal to field the veteran racer on the YZF-R1.

The BSB stalwart faces stiff opposition from PBM riders Hutchinson and Scotsman Easton, who won the Macau Grand Prix three times in successive seasons from 2008 to 2010.

Hutchinson previously rode for Bird at Macau in 2009, finishing third behind team-mate Conor Cummins, with Easton taking the win.

The 48th edition of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix takes place on Saturday, November 15. Entries for the event close on Friday.

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September 11, 2014 10:29 AM

I can see the logic of giving IH a Macau ride - as an event it is pretty much a bit of a jolly and the level of competition is not high. But I can't understand the decision to give Ian a ride in BSB in 2015. Don't get me wrong - I like Ian a lot but he really hasn't been competitive in BSB since his injuries and I would have thought there were better candidates for what is one of the prime rides in the class.

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