Unfortunately after a spate of red flags following multi rider incidents, the Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix for 2019 has been abandoned.
The original start of the race planned to run over 12 laps, was red flagged on lap four following an incident involving Rob Hodson and Marek Cerveny.
At the time prior to red flags arising, Peter Hickman held an advantage of plus seven seconds over MGM Bathams team mate Michael Rutter, who in turn was closely pursued by PBM Ducati’s David Johnson.
Once all the debris, fluid from the aforementioned spill involving Hodson and Cerveny who are both reported to have emerged largely unharmed, was cleared from the track, race action got back underway at a new distance of just eight laps.
Photo credit: GCS – Sports Bureau of Macao SAR Government
Michael Rutter got the hole shot but it wasn’t long till three times event winner, pre-race favourite Hickman surged to the front.
Just as Hickman looked to be breaking away from the chasing pack, red flags arose again this time following a six rider incident with Erno Kostamo, Didier Grams, Phil Crowe, Michael Sweeney, Dan Kruger and Derek Sheils.
It’s a shame for fans, teams, racers that two wheel Macau GP competition for 2019 has had to be abandoned but the main thing is that all the racers involved in today’s incidents are hopefully going to be ok and make speedy recoveries from injuries potentially sustained.
Words by Stevie Rial