Perennial event front runners Paul Bird Motorsport will have a new look rider line up for this years Macau Grand Prix, having secured the services of 23 times TT winner John McGuinness and three times North West 200 victor Martin Jessopp.
Macau GP pedigree wise, combined 35 times International road race winners McGuinness and Jessopp have impressive event CV’s.
Recently crowned for the second time Bennetts Senior Classic TT champion, Morecambe’s McGuinness alongside various rostrum finishes, enjoyed event success in 2001 with PBM at the time jockeying a CBR 954 RR Honda.
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New team mate Yeovil’s Martin Jessopp, consistently this decade in contention for race honours at Macau, has three times proved the bridesmaid within the East Asia based International roads showpiece, chalking up second place finishes in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Jessopp, like fellow countryman McGuinness is set to pilot in November, Tak Chun Racing backed Pagniale Ducati machinery which as showcased last year by Glenn Irwin is formidable around the tight, twisty, uncompromising streets of Macau.
Words by Stevie Rial