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Macau Grand Prix 2015 Preview – Part 1

The 2015 Macau Grand Prix sees 32 riders bidding for victory, at one of pure road racing’s most coveted meetings.

Honda Racing:

Honda Racing’s Macau Grand Prix challenge, is lead by 23 times TT winner John McGuinness, and sixth fastest rider in TT history Conor Cummins.

Both riders have the proven talent, international road race winning pedigree to be in prime contention for victory.

The last time John McGuinness was on the podium around the streets of Macau, was back in 2008, when he finished in third place. Having memorably won the 2015 Pokerstars senior TT, it’s already been another iconic year for one of pure road racing’s all time greats.

Podium placing or better at Macau GP, would end his pure road racing season, in top class style.

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Whilst for Conor Cummins the final international road race of the season, represents an opportunity to get back to winning ways, having gone six years since his last international road race victory, 2009 Ulster Grand Prix feature superbike race.

Conor has an excellent record around Macau, in 2009 he finished runner up, whilst in 2008 he broke the lap record on his way to qualifying on pole position.

Paul Bird Motorsport:

One of the absolute main favourites for 2015 Macau GP success is, 11 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson.

It’s been a wonderful year of pure road racing, for the rider who many people thought would never return to winning ways.

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Photo by Louis Porter

Sensational hat trick of victories at TT 2015, showcased why he is considered one of the best pure road racer’s of the last twenty years.

Piloting Paul Bird Motorsport ZX10R Kawasaki, Hutchy has the ideal machine for Macau, as he bids for his second victory, at one of pure road racing’s most iconic meetings.

Team mate to the TT 2015 Joey Dunlop championship winner is Jimmy Storrar. A highly accomplished pure road racer, Jimmy has been a top 15 finisher at TT Races, whilst around Macau, he has been a regular contender for many a top class result.

In 2013 Jimmy finished a fine fifth when competing on DMR Racing S1000RR BMW, now armed with Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki, it would not at all be a surprise to see him battling for a podium finish.

Penz 13.com BMW:

Rico Penzkofer’s Penz 13.com BMW team, has an all star line up for competition around Macau.

Eight times Macau GP winner Michael Rutter, goes into the meeting, confident of pushing for another top quality result at a meeting which over the years, has seen him produce many a performance of the highest quality.

Main pure road racing highlights to date for Michael in 2015 include, sixth place finish in RST superbike TT, third place finish in lightweight TT, fifth place finish in North West 200 feature superbike race and 350 classic TT victory.

Joining Michael in the Penz 13.com BMW outfit, is two times TT winner Gary Johnson.

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Twice third place finisher at Macau, the highly rated rider has the proven talent, to push for race victory.

Team line up is completed by Dan Kruger leading newcomer to Macau in 2014 and Herve Gantner, who makes a return to pure road racing action.

SMT Racing Yamaha:

Regarded by many as the rider to beat around the streets of Macau, Stuart Easton goes into the 49th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, once again amongst the golden favourites for race victory.

Competing on SMT Racing Yamaha, Stuart is tipped by many to seal his fifth Macau GP success.

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Photo by Kelvin Wong

His first Macau Grand Prix victory in 2008 when sealed when competing on Doosan backed Honda, whilst 2009,2010 and 2014 victories where recorded when piloting top spec Kawasaki machinery for Paul Bird Motorsport.

Victory on SMT Racing Yamaha, would make it been victorious on three different makes of manufacturer, at one of the most challenging pure road races.

Riders Motorcycles BMW:

Twice Macau GP runner up Martin Jessopp, is in my opinion one of the strong favourites for victory, as he pilots Riders Motorcycles S1000RR BMW.

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The rider who has lapped the mountain course in excess of 128 mph, has always been on the pace, around the streets of Macau.

Ice Valley Racing By Motorsave Trade:

Paul Shoesmith is joined in the Ice Valley Racing by Motorsave Trade BMW outfit by, Australia’s fastest competitor at TT Races David Johnson.

David has shown this year, why many believe it won’t be long till he stands on the podium at an international road race.

Main highlights of 2015 for him have included, top six finish in Royal London 360 superstock TT, sixth place finish in Ulster Grand Prix superstock encounter, lapping at 131.595 mph at TT 2015, which makes him currently ninth fastest rider in TT history.

Both Davo and Paul Shoesmith, go into competition around Macau confident that they have the machinery to propel them to eye catching results.

Top Gun Racing:

14th place finish in formula 1 classic TT AJ Venter embarks on his third time competing at the Macau Grand Prix, as he links up with Top Gun Racing.

AJ is joined in the popular team by one of TT 2015’s leading newcomers Tom McHale.

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Lapping in excess of 121 mph Tom showed at TT 2015, why he is amongst the next generation of pure road racer’s who are all more than capable of pushing for international road race victories in the future.

Splitlath Motorsports:

Splitlath Motorsports lead the Buell challenge for 2015 Macau GP.

2010 TT zero winner Mark Miller, has a high quality record at Macau. In 2000 he finished in third place, whilst last year saw him finish a highly creditable 12th.

The 1190 RX Buell, does not have a rich heritage in pure road racing, despite this you can’t discount Mark from sealing another more than creditable result.

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