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Easton to make eagerly anticipated Macau Grand Prix return

Triple winner Stuart Easton forms a formidable line-up with Ian Hutchinson in Paul Bird's Kawasaki team for the 48th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in November
Triple Macau Grand Prix winner Stuart Easton returns to the legendary road race in November, when he'll be joined in Paul Bird's team by Yorkshireman Ian Hutchinson.

Easton won the race three times in succession from 2008 to 2010 and makes an eagerly anticipated return on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Last year, Hutchinson won the event during an emotional comeback on the Milwaukee Yamaha, but this time eight-time winner Michael Rutter will ride Shaun Muir's YZF-R1 as he bids to extend his record tally of victories at the Guia street circuit in the Far East.

Isle of Man TT star Michael Dunlop is also among the entries as the Ulster rider returns to the event for the first time since making his Macau debut three years ago.

Dunlop, who completed his second consecutive Isle of Man TT four-timer this year boost his haul of victories on the Mountain Course to 11, will ride for Rico Penzkofer's Penz13.com BMW team.

The 25-year-old has already won on the machine at the Frohburg Road Races in Germany, setting a new lap record, and will be aiming to repeat his father Robert's famous 1989 victory at Macau.

The star-studded entry also includes Honda's John McGuinness, plus sensational roads newcomer and British Superbike contender Peter Hickman, who teams up with Macau veteran Paul Shoesmith in the Ice Valley by Motorsave Trade Racing team.

Bradford's Dean Harrison, a multiple winner this season, returns to Macau for a second time and another young rider keen to make his mark in Macau is Northern Ireland's Jamie Hamilton, who will ride the Wilson Craig Honda.

Fan favourites and Macau front-runners Gary Johnson (Quattro Plant Honda), third last year, James Storrar, and Martin Jessopp (Riders Motorcycles BMW) will be back, while Jeremy Toye, Mark Miller and Brandon Cretu make up a strong American contingent.

Manx rider Dan Kneen and newcomer Michael Sweeney will compete for John Burrows' team, with Lee Johnston lining up on the East Coast/Pirtek Honda.

The expanding European road racing scene is producing an increased number of quality riders who will make the trip to Macau, including Germany's Didier Grams, Austrian Horst Saiger, Belgian Marc Fissette and Swiss racer Roman Stamm, who made his debut last year.

This year sees the 48th edition of the iconic race meeting, with 32 riders from nine countries represented.

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Michael Rutter leads Ian Hutchinson at the Macau Grand Prix
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman in action at the 50th Macau Grand Prix on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Martin Jessopp on the Riders Motorcycles 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.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.

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