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Macau: Rutter chasing eighth victory

14 November 2012

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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