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Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix: Stats/Facts Round Up

Full round up of the most interesting stats, facts to emerge from last weeks Suncity Group Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Peter Hickman’s third event victory, enabled him to accomplish the quite unique, tumultuous feat of winning at all four of the premier International Road Races the North West 200, TT, Ulster GP, Macau GP in one year.

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Hickman’s hard fought race win, also took his tally of International Road Race successes to an impressive 12, just seven victories behind the total of premier roads titles clinched by fans favourite, TV personality, perennial TT bridesmaid Guy Martin.

Race runner up Michael Rutter, continued his record in the 2010’s at Macau of achieving at least a podium finish or better.

Rutter’s second place finish was also the first roads top three finish for Honda’s exotic RC213V-S Honda, since Bruce Anstey’s memorable feature Superbike race triumph from last years MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.

Former team mate, third place finisher Martin Jessopp who’s come so close on multiple occasions to clinching the much coveted Macau GP title, third place finish to his tally of event rostrum finishes to six.

IRRC Superbike champion Danny Webb, fourth place finish was not only a huge personal best result at Macau, it was also a new personal best result at an International roads meeting for the Tunbridge Wells racer.

Half of the top ten finishers from Sunday’s race were S1000RR BMW mounted, illustrating again the competitiveness, proven quality of a machine which has established itself in recent years as a true giant of International road racing.

Suzuki who had no representatives in private, independent or factory fashion, have now gone nearly thirty since securing victory spoils at Macau, having last tasted success on the Guia circuit in 1991 with former Grand Prix racer Didier De Radigues.

Lead Yamaha mounted racer from Sunday’s competition Horst Saiger, lead the non UK challenge in sixth place, whilst in total ten countries had representation including for the first time in 33 years, Finland courtesy of eventual 17th place finisher Erno Kostamo.

Alongside IRRC front runner Kostamo, in total six of this years event newcomers, clinched top 20 finishes including lead newcomer in ninth place, Brotton’s Davey Todd.

It’s now forty years since Japan’s Sadao Asami banked his first Macau GP triumph. Asami is one of only seven riders to have secured at least three victories on the technical, unrelenting Guia course.

Still the last non British winner at the Macau Grand Prix, is Switzerland’s Andreas Hofmann, who was victorious in 1997.

Former Pikes Peak champion Jeremy Toye remains the last rider from non UK shores, to clinch a rostrum finish at Asia’s sole closed roads meet, securing in the 2011 encounter an excellent third place finish.

Words by Stevie Rial