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53nd MACAU GRAND PRIX - 40th MACAU Motorcycle GRAND PRIX
2006

THE GUIA CIRCUIT
Length: 3.8 miles (6.2 km)
Minimum width: 22.8 feet (7 m)
Motorcycle Lap Record: 2:28.233 (Michael Rutter, 2003/998cc Ducati)

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY - IT'S THE 40th MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX!
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RACE RESULT

Steve Plater emerged triumphant from a record-breaking Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition to take victory and put paid to Michael Rutter’s hopes of adding to his tally of wins. Plater, on the AIM Racing Yamaha 1000, passed Rutter, the pre-race favourite, on lap four and stayed out ahead of his rival until the chequered flag.

Rutter, looking for his seventh win which would have been a record for the event, tried hard to regain the advantage and four times he and Plater broke Rutter’s long-standing lap record. Rutter, on the Stobart Motorsport Honda 1000, was badly baulked by a slower rider two laps from home but continued to chase the race leader and was just under a second behind him at the chequered flag. One man who was not disappointed that Rutter was beaten was former British star Ron Haslam who shares with him the record of six wins in the event. Haslam was a guest of the event as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations.

Rutter said: "I was trying my hardest but Steve came past me. I thought I would see where he was quick and where he was slower, but I got messed up by a backmarker and Steve just about got past him. That cost me a bit of time, but I caught him back up and noticed he was catching the wall a few times, and paint was flying off onto my visor. I tried my best, but fair play to him for winning."

Stobart Honda team owner Paul Bird said: “Whilst it’s not the win that we came for, two bikes on the podium isn’t bad at all and to get our other two riders inside the top six has been a pretty good achievement. No names mentioned but there was some pretty desperate riding going on out there and my riders were sensible enough not to get mixed up in it. But I’m delighted that we have come away from here with these results and we can now start building towards next year.”

Luton-born Steve Plater, known to the race paddocks as "Grinner" talked us through his race at the press conference:"I got a very good start away from the line, but going into the first corner Michael closed the door on me a little bit. That meant I didn't get a very good exit out of the corner which dropped me down to fourth place by the time we got to Lisboa. I didn't want to push too hard at first, because obviously with a full tank of fuel the bike is quite difficult to ride. I was suffering a bit and running wide through the corners. I just settled down for two or three laps to see what my pace was like and how things were going. The Stobart Honda is a very good bike and Michael is always fast, especially around here, but I just knuckled down, got past the two guys in front of me and managed to come back at him again."...and once he got past Rutter on Lap 4 he put kept up a blistering pace and both riders broke the lap record more than once - but Rutter saw his hopes of a record-breaking 7th victory disappear as Plater stayed in the lead for the next 11 laps, taking the win on the 40th anniversary of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

A third British racer, Ian Hutchinson, Rutter’s team mate looked as though he would challenge for victory in the early stages, but after losing second spot to Plater he began to drop back and finally finished third, twenty seven seconds down on the race winner. Scot Stuart Easton, a third member of the Stobart Motorsport Honda squad, was fourth home, five seconds behind Hutchinson but only a tenth of a second ahead of another British racer, Guy Martin on the second AIM Racing Yamaha.

Former winner and the man who has finished runner-up to Rutter for the past four years, John McGuinness, had for him a poor race and finished sixth on his Stobart Motorsport Honda. Steve Allan beat fellow Scot Callum Ramsay, both on MSS Discovery Racing Kawasakis in the Supersport 600 Class. It was the second year in succession that Allan had taken victory in the race, but he announced afterwards that he was now looking for a Superbike ride for next year’s event.

As for the Americans in the race, Mark Miller - it seems he had an electrical problem, the bike wouldn't rev past 8K on lap 2. Apparently John Haner had a broken sub frame bolt and Jeremy Toye's bike overheated.
Hong Kong racer Cheung Wai On on his privately-owned Yamaha was third in the smaller bike class, 20 seconds behind Ramsay.

 

 POS  NO  CL  RIDER   NAT  BIKE/ENTRY   TIME  LAPS  GAP  KPH  BEST
 1   88   SBK   Steve PLATER   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   37:19.879   15      147.54   2:27.753 
 2   1   SBK   Michael RUTTER   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   37:20.841   15   0.962   147.48   2:27.588 
 3   3   SBK   Ian HUTCHINSON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   37:47.071   15   27.192   145.77   2:28.981 
 4   4   SBK   Stuart EASTON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   37:52.173   15   32.294   145.44   2:29.957 
 5   18   SBK   Guy MARTIN   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   37:52.264   15   32.385   145.44   2:30.105 
 6   2   SBK   John McGUINNESS   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   37:59.666   15   39.787   144.96   2:30.562 
 7   7   SBK   Thomas HINTERREITER   AUT   Yamaha - Yamaha Austria R/Team   38:00.171   15   40.292   144.93   2:30.290 
 8   77   SBK   Les SHAND   GBR   Honda - BTS Racing   38:01.379   15   41.500   144.86   2:30.568 
 9   19   SBK   Franky HEIDGER   GER   Suzuki - bwin Racing Germany   38:50.159   15   1:30.280   141.82   2:31.153 
 10   25   SBK   Michael WEYNAND   BEL   Kawasaki - Stefan Kuehn R/Team   38:53.363   15   1:33.484   141.63   2:33.446 
 11   66   SBK   Gerald MUTEAU   FRA   Suzuki - Team of Paris   38:53.552   15   1:33.673   141.62   2:33.889 
 12   99   SBK   Rui REIGOTO   POR   Yamaha - Vodafone Yamaha BPN   38:55.715   15   1:35.836   141.49   2:34.022 
 13   40   SPT   Steve ALLAN   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   39:14.940   15   1:55.061   140.33   2:34.532 
 14   17   SBK   Luis CARREIRA   POR   Honda - Repsol Honda Team   39:51.333   15   2:31.454   138.19   2:36.661 
 15   12   SBK   Martin FINNEGAN   IRL   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   36:44.576   14   1 LAP   139.91   2:33.292 
 16   60   SPT   Callum RAMSAY   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   37:29.416   14   1 LAP   137.12   2:37.405 
 17   32   SPT   CHEUNG Wai On   HKG   Yamaha   37:49.606   14   1 LAP   135.90   2:39.557 
 18   26   SPT   Craig ATKINSON   GBR   Honda - DMR Racing   38:06.143   14   1 LAP   134.92   2:39.998 
 19   13   SPT   SOU Se Hong   MAC   Honda   39:14.377   14   1 LAP   131.01   2:45.459 
 20   11   SBK   Sandor BITTER   HUN   Yamaha - Black Motorsport   34:40.418   13   2 LAPS   137.67   2:37.604 
 21   22   SPT   Joao FERNANDES   MAC   Kawasaki - Team of Paris   38:10.390   12   3 LAPS   115.43   2:45.720 
 Not Classified                              
    20   SBK   Keith AMOR   GBR   Suzuki - DMR Racing   24:14.244   9   D.N.F.   136.35   2:33.983 
    57   SBK   Jeremy TOYE   USA   Suzuki- Lee's Cycle Racing   20:11.951   8   D.N.F.   145.43   2:29.747 
    14   SBK   Jose LEITE   POR   Suzuki - Suzuki Caepsa BPN   19:24.866   7   D.N.F.   132.39   2:39.960 
    9   SBK   James McBRIDE   GBR   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   16:47.723   5   D.N.F.   109.31   2:35.044 
    44   SBK   John HANER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   11:06.349   4   D.N.F.   132.25   2:33.267 
    50   SBK   Paul HUNT   IOM   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   8:03.554   3   D.N.F.   136.68   2:36.842 
    6   SBK   Stephen THOMPSON   GBR   Suzuki - SKSupport Racing Team   5:14.654   2   D.N.F.   140.04   2:32.957 
    27   SBK   Rico PENZKOFER   GER   Yamaha - PS Das Motorradmagazin   5:24.323   2   D.N.F.   135.86   2:35.925 
    10   SBK   Ian LOUGHER   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   5:36.182   2   D.N.F.   131.07   2:43.797 
    5   SBK   Mark MILLER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   5:39.309   2   D.N.F.   129.86   2:46.900 
 Fastest Lap                              
    1   SBK   Michael RUTTER      Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:27.588   13   92.75mph   149.28    
    40   SPT   Steve ALLAN      Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:34.532   5   88.59mph   142.57    

LATEST SCORE: RON HASLAM 6, MICHAEL RUTTER 6

GENTLEMAN RACER HASLAM vs BOY RACER SCHWANTZ

WARM UP

POS  NO  CL  RIDER   NAT  BIKE/ENTRY   TIME  LAPS  GAP  KPH   
 1   1   SBK   Michael RUTTER   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:32.063   5      144.88    
 2   88   SBK   Steve PLATER   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:32.304   8   0.241   144.65    
 3   18   SBK   Guy MARTIN   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:32.643   5   0.580   144.33    
 4   3   SBK   Ian HUTCHINSON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:33.067   7   1.004   143.93    
 5   57   SBK   Jeremy TOYE   USA   Suzuki- Lee's Cycle Racing   2:33.935   7   1.872   143.12    
 6   2   SBK   John McGUINNESS   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:34.363   7   2.300   142.72    
 7   4   SBK   Stuart EASTON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:34.696   7   2.633   142.42    
 8   20   SBK   Keith AMOR   GBR   Suzuki - DMR Racing   2:36.271   8   4.208   140.98    
 9   7   SBK   Thomas HINTERREITER   AUT   Yamaha - Yamaha Austria R/Team   2:36.280   6   4.217   140.97    
 10   25   SBK   Michael WEYNAND   BEL   Kawasaki - Stefan Kuehn R/Team   2:36.423   7   4.360   140.84    
 11   40   SPT   Steve ALLAN   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:36.629   8   4.566   140.66    
 12   12   SBK   Martin FINNEGAN   IRL   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   2:37.575   7   5.512   139.81    
 13   99   SBK   Rui REIGOTO   POR   Yamaha - Vodafone Yamaha BPN   2:38.503   6   6.440   139.00    
 14   44   SBK   John HANER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   2:38.505   4   6.442   138.99    
 15   9   SBK   James McBRIDE   GBR   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   2:38.862   8   6.799   138.68    
 16   77   SBK   Les SHAND   GBR   Honda - BTS Racing   2:39.499   6   7.436   138.13    
 17   19   SBK   Franky HEIDGER   GER   Suzuki - bwin Racing Germany   2:39.578   8   7.515   138.06    
 18   27   SBK   Rico PENZKOFER   GER   Yamaha - PS Das Motorradmagazin   2:39.999   7   7.936   137.70    
 19   66   SBK   Gerald MUTEAU   FRA   Suzuki - Team of Paris   2:40.262   5   8.199   137.47    
 20   60   SPT   Callum RAMSAY   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:40.395   7   8.332   137.36    
 21   17   SBK   Luis CARREIRA   POR   Honda - Repsol Honda Team   2:40.998   6   8.935   136.84    
 22   50   SBK   Paul HUNT   IOM   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:41.056   7   8.993   136.79    
 23   14   SBK   Jose LEITE   POR   Suzuki - Suzuki Caepsa BPN   2:41.942   5   9.879   136.04    
 24   5   SBK   Mark MILLER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   2:44.086   7   12.023   134.27    
 25   32   SPT   CHEUNG Wai On   HKG   Yamaha   2:45.045   7   12.982   133.49    
 26   11   SBK   Sandor BITTER   HUN   Yamaha - Black Motorsport   2:45.079   4   13.016   133.46    
 27   10   SBK   Ian LOUGHER   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   2:46.778   6   14.715   132.10    
 28   22   SPT   Joao FERNANDES   MAC   Kawasaki - Team of Paris   2:47.796   6   15.733   131.30    
 29   13   SPT   SOU Se Hong   MAC   Honda   2:50.721   7   18.658   129.05    
 30   26   SPT   Craig ATKINSON   GBR   Honda - DMR Racing   2:50.777   5   18.714   129.01    
 31   6   SBK   Stephen THOMPSON   GBR   Suzuki - SKSupport Racing Team            N/A     

SANDOR BITTER AND YAMAHA AUSTRIA/BLACK MOTORSPORT AT MACAU

Michael Rutter will be on pole position for Saturday’s 15-lap Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition, giving him the perfect launch pad to set a record-breaking seventh victory in the event. The 33-year-old British racer stayed top of the practice leaderboard despite being unable to go faster on his Stobart Motorsport Honda 1000 in the second and deciding qualifying session.

“We decided to keep old race tyres and have a full tank of gas just to see how the bike would go in race trim rather than try to improve on the quick lap I did yesterday” said a delighted Rutter.

The opposition got closer to the pole-setter. Steve Plater, making his first ever appearance on a Superbike at the Far East Classic grabbed second position on the AIM Racing Yamaha with a lap just eight tenths of a second slower than Rutter’s Friday’s quickest. Another British rider, John McGuinness, on a second Stobart Motorsport Honda, runner-up to Rutter in the race for the last four years was third fastest after taking just over two seconds off his lap time.

The Stobart Motorsport team run by Paul Bird came close to an impressive clean sweep of the top three places, until Ian Hutchinson, who had been second fastest up until that point ran on at the Melco Hairpin, rammed the track barrier and did a spectacular handstand over the handlebars. The British rider was unhurt in the gymnastic display, but was unable to go any quicker after a visit to the pits, allowing Plater and McGuinness to overtake him. Guy Martin, Plater’s team mate, was fifth fastest and Scot Stuart Easton, the fourth member of the Stobart Motorsport squad, was sixth fastest.

American Jeremy Toye (Lee’s Cycle Racing Suzuki 1000) was seventh best despite feeling unwell with a heavy cold. Steve Allan, last year’s winner of the Supersport 600 Class was fastest in the smaller class on the MSS Discovery Racing Kawasaki four seconds faster than his Scottish team mate Callum Ramsay but was disappointed to have lapped three seconds slower than he did last year. Hong Kong’s Cheung Wai On was an impressive third quickest in the Supersport category on his privately-owned Yamaha R6 despite having problems with both gearing and suspension

ANDI NOTMAN IN MACAU

17th November - Well, second qualifying went better again, but the bad news is I didn't make the cut. To get within 10% of Michael Rutter on a HRC Fireblade is a tall order for a newcomer on a 600, even if it has a turbo! I made progress on the most important sector, the second one up in the mountain side where all the complex bends (Donna Maria, Faraway Hill, Maternity Bends, etc) are, 4 seconds faster just in that sector.

Unfortunately when I tried switching the turbo to low boost for the mid sector, which is what you do there, I couldn't get it back onto full boost for the 2 fast sectors and therefore only could match my sector times of yesterday there even though I picked up my speed trap times by 22kph , proving that I was getting off the turns better and braking later. I missed the cut by only 1 second and I am really disappointed not to start the GP as I really feel I was getting to grips with the circuit. A total of 39 seconds improvement in only three sessions.

I hope to have some pictures soon of me in action, I will attach one of the Segway Honda. Hopefully our teams old rider Pete Jennings will take the bike out tomorrow for the race as his engine blew yesterday. Michael Rutter sits on pole position for the race with a comfortable 3 second advantage over AIM Racings Steve Plater. Thanks everybody for your support and I hope to be back here again soon.

16th November - First Qualifying went much better, I gained 35 seconds from this morning, the bike felt much better also, ironing out a few more details and starting to get a feeling for the settings I am now able to make some changes to the bike which should help in the morning second Qualifying, gearing and suspension which will help in both the slow and fast sections of the track also the turbo only boosted to 1.4 bar, and resetting it should give it the full 1.8 and the extra 30 bhp for the fast sections of the circuit. Also and most importantly, I am starting to get to grips with learning this tricky circuit, although I still have some way to go through the sector 2 'twisties', most of the circuit turns are all in this sector and all look very similar.

Michael Rutter sits on provisional pole for the time being, a comfortable 2.1s ahead of his younger team mate, Ian Hutchinson.

Second qualifying is at 7.30 am tomorrow and is the only session of the day.

15th November - Hi guys, just finished first practice for the 53rd Macau GP, the weather forecast is not so good and they don't run in the wet so we will have to wait and see. First impression of the circuit is that its very difficult to learn and obviously you get a greater feeling of speed being enclosed between two walls. Its very strange rushing past the casino opposite the hotel at 170mph.

We had a small oil leak and water leak so we need to get those little bugs sorted to give me confidence in the bike. The Segway CBR 600 turbo on boost is very fast, and at the moment i'm only using half boost!! about 175bhp, its 207Bhp on full boost!
We're going to Hong Kong tonight for a meal with the sponsor's Hong Kong associates...the importer for Segway there is Jackie Chan! He's in L.A so won't be there but he said some of his friends are coming on Saturday, some famous Chinese actors that I'm sure we haven't heard of - anyway ill try to do another report after second practice.


Andi.

COMBINED QUALIFYING

 POS  NO  CL  RIDER   NAT  BIKE/ENTRY   SESS 1  LAPS  SESS 2  LAPS  GAP
 1   1   SBK   Michael RUTTER   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:27.994*  12   02:30.0  14    
 2   88   SBK   Steve PLATER   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   02:30.7  15   2:28.794*  18   0.800 
 3   2   SBK   John McGUINNESS   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   02:31.2  13   2:29.101*  16   1.107 
 4   3   SBK   Ian HUTCHINSON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   02:30.2  13   2:29.360*  7   1.366 
 5   18   SBK   Guy MARTIN   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   02:32.5  16   2:30.064*  18   2.070 
 6   4   SBK   Stuart EASTON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   02:33.2  14   2:30.066*  17   2.072 
 7   57   SBK   Jeremy TOYE   USA   Suzuki- Lee's Cycle Racing   02:31.0  14   2:30.719*  13   2.725 
 8   7   SBK   Thomas HINTERREITER   AUT   Yamaha - Yamaha Austria R/Team   02:31.8  11   2:31.156*  16   3.162 
 9   77   SBK   Les SHAND   GBR   Suzuki - BTS Racing   02:34.2  15   2:32.271*  18   4.277 
 10   6   SBK   Stephen THOMPSON   GBR   Suzuki - SKSupport Racing Team   2:32.499*  12   02:33.2  13   4.505 
 11   19   SBK   Franky HEIDGER   GER   Suzuki - bwin Racing Germany   02:35.3  13   2:32.620*  16   4.626 
 12   44   SBK   John HANER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   02:36.2  8   2:33.689*  13   5.695 
 13   12   SBK   Martin FINNEGAN   IRL   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   02:34.6  15   2:33.715*  20   5.721 
 14   25   SBK   Michael WEYNAND   BEL   Kawasaki - Stefan Kuehn R/Team   02:38.6  12   2:34.096*  15   6.102 
 15   40   SPT   Steve ALLAN   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:34.557*  13   02:35.0  15   6.563 
 16   99   SBK   Rui REIGOTO   POR   Yamaha - Vodafone Yamaha BPN   02:38.8  12   2:34.628*  14   6.634 
 17   10   SBK   Ian LOUGHER   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   02:39.1  10   2:34.858*  15   6.864 
 18   5   SBK   Mark MILLER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   02:37.8  14   2:35.115*  18   7.121 
 19   20   SBK   Keith AMOR   GBR   Suzuki - DMR Racing   02:36.1  14   2:35.797*  15   7.803 
 20   66   SBK   Gerald MUTEAU   FRA   Suzuki - Team of Paris   02:40.9  13   2:35.924*  14   7.930 
 21   27   SBK   Rico PENZKOFER   GER   Yamaha - PS Das Motorradmagazin   02:38.6  13   2:36.286*  14   8.292 
 22   50   SBK   Paul HUNT   IOM   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   02:38.5  12   2:36.740*  13   8.746 
 23   17   SBK   Luis CARREIRA   POR   Honda - Repsol Honda Team   02:44.4  10   2:37.400*  15   9.406 
 24   9   SBK   James McBRIDE   GBR   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   02:38.5  15   2:37.648*  19   9.654 
 25   60   SPT   Callum RAMSAY   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   02:38.6  11   2:38.137*  15   10.143 
 26   8   SBK   Pete JENNINGS   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   2:38.516*  5      0   10.522 
 27   11   SBK   Sandor BITTER   HUN   Yamaha - Black Motorsport   02:40.2  14   2:39.487*  12   11.493 
 28   32   SPT   CHEUNG Wai On   HKG   Yamaha   02:41.0  14   2:40.026*  18   12.032 
 29   14   SBK   Jose LEITE   POR   Suzuki - Suzuki Caepsa BPN   2:41.044*  9   02:42.2  5   13.050 
 30   22   SPT   Joao FERNANDES   MAC   Kawasaki - Team of Paris   02:43.2  12   2:41.348*  12   13.354 
 31   26   SPT   Craig ATKINSON   GBR   Honda - DMR Racing   02:47.1  13   2:42.415*  15   14.421 
 32   13   SPT   SOU Se Hong   MAC   Honda   2:43.139*  14   02:44.2  15   15.145 
          UNQUALIFIED                     
    38   SBK   Jason BROOME   MAC   Suzuki   02:43.7  15   2:43.317*  16   15.323 
    21   SBK   Andi NOTMAN   GBR   Honda Turbo- Segway   02:47.9  14   2:44.330*  14   16.336 
    23   SBK   WONG Man Kwong   MAC   Suzuki   02:54.3  6   2:50.599*  9   22.605 
    24   SPT   Peter EDWARDS   HKG   Yamaha   2:57.616*  14   03:08.5  4   29.622 
    15   SPT   CHUI Wai Kwong   HKG   Yamaha   03:05.8  14   2:57.874*  19   29.880 
    16   SPT   LEONG Iok Choi   MAC   Yamaha   03:45.5  3   3:01.939*  4   33.945 

 

MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX - SECOND QUALIFYING

 POS  NO  CL  RIDER   NAT  BIKE/ENTRY   TIME  LAPS  GAP  KPH
 1   88   SBK   Steve PLATER   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:28.794   18      148.07 
 2   2   SBK   John McGUINNESS   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:29.101   16   0.307   147.76 
 3   3   SBK   Ian HUTCHINSON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:29.360   7   0.566   147.50 
 4   1   SBK   Michael RUTTER   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:30.032   14   1.238   146.84 
 5   18   SBK   Guy MARTIN   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:30.064   18   1.270   146.81 
 6   4   SBK   Stuart EASTON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Motorsport   2:30.066   17   1.272   146.81 
 7   57   SBK   Jeremy TOYE   USA   Suzuki- Lee's Cycle Racing   2:30.719   13   1.925   146.17 
 8   7   SBK   Thomas HINTERREITER   AUT   Yamaha - Yamaha Austria R/Team   2:31.156   16   2.362   145.75 
 9   77   SBK   Les SHAND   GBR   Suzuki - BTS Racing   2:32.271   18   3.477   144.68 
 10   19   SBK   Franky HEIDGER   GER   Suzuki - bwin Racing Germany   2:32.620   16   3.826   144.35 
 11   6   SBK   Stephen THOMPSON   GBR   Suzuki - SKSupport Racing Team   2:33.214   13   4.420   143.79 
 12   44   SBK   John HANER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   2:33.689   13   4.895   143.35 
 13   12   SBK   Martin FINNEGAN   IRL   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   2:33.715   20   4.921   143.33 
 14   25   SBK   Michael WEYNAND   BEL   Kawasaki - Stefan Kuehn R/Team   2:34.096   15   5.302   142.97 
 15   99   SBK   Rui REIGOTO   POR   Yamaha - Vodafone Yamaha BPN   2:34.628   14   5.834   142.48 
 16   10   SBK   Ian LOUGHER   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   2:34.858   15   6.064   142.27 
 17   40   SPT   Steve ALLAN   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:34.967   15   6.173   142.17 
 18   5   SBK   Mark MILLER   USA   Suzuki - Millenium KWS Suzuki   2:35.115   18   6.321   142.03 
 19   20   SBK   Keith AMOR   GBR   Suzuki - DMR Racing   2:35.797   15   7.003   141.41 
 20   66   SBK   Gerald MUTEAU   FRA   Suzuki - Team of Paris   2:35.924   14   7.130   141.30 
 21   27   SBK   Rico PENZKOFER   GER   Yamaha - PS Das Motorradmagazin   2:36.286   14   7.492   140.97 
 22   50   SBK   Paul HUNT   IOM   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:36.740   13   7.946   140.56 
 23   17   SBK   Luis CARREIRA   POR   Honda - Repsol Honda Team   2:37.400   15   8.606   139.97 
 24   9   SBK   James McBRIDE   GBR   Honda-Solent Scientific Racing   2:37.648   19   8.854   139.75 
 25   60   SPT   Callum RAMSAY   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:38.137   15   9.343   139.32 
 26   11   SBK   Sandor BITTER   HUN   Yamaha - Black Motorsport   2:39.487   12   10.693   138.14 
 27   32   SPT   CHEUNG Wai On   HKG   Yamaha   2:40.026   18   11.232   137.67 
 28   22   SPT   Joao FERNANDES   MAC   Kawasaki - Team of Paris   2:41.348   12   12.554   136.55 
 29   14   SBK   Jose LEITE   POR   Suzuki - Suzuki Caepsa BPN   2:42.236   5   13.442   135.80 
 30   26   SPT   Craig ATKINSON   GBR   Honda - DMR Racing   2:42.415   15   13.621   135.65 
 31   38   SBK   Jason BROOME   MAC   Suzuki   2:43.317   16   14.523   134.90 
 32   13   SPT   SOU Se Hong   MAC   Honda   2:44.155   15   15.361   134.21 
 33   21   SBK   Andi NOTMAN   GBR   Honda Turbo- Segway   2:44.330   14   15.536   134.07 
 34   23   SBK   WONG Man Kwong   MAC   Suzuki   2:50.599   9   21.805   129.14 
 35   15   SPT   CHUI Wai Kwong   HKG   Yamaha   2:57.874   19   29.080   123.86 
 36   16   SPT   LEONG Iok Choi   MAC   Yamaha   3:01.939   4   33.145   121.09 
 37   24   SPT   Peter EDWARDS   HKG   Yamaha   3:08.523   4   39.729   116.86 
 38   8   SBK   Pete JENNINGS   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing            N/A  

MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX - FIRST QUALIFYING

Timing courtesy of MST Sports Timing - Weather/Track: Cloudy 24°/Dry 25°

POS  NO  CL  RIDER   NAT  BIKE/ENTRY   TIME  LAPS  GAP  KPH
 1   1   SBK   Michael RUTTER   GBR   Honda - Stobart Honda   2:27.994   12      148.87 
 2   3   SBK   Ian HUTCHINSON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Honda   2:30.198   13   2.204   146.68 
 3   88   SBK   Steve PLATER   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:30.738   15   2.744   146.16 
 4   57   SBK   Jeremy TOYE   USA   Suzuki- Lee's Cycle Racing   2:30.964   14   2.970   145.94 
 5   2   SBK   John McGUINNESS   GBR   Honda - Stobart Honda   2:31.189   13   3.195   145.72 
 6   7   SBK   Thomas HINTERREITER   AUT   Yamaha - Yamaha Austria R/Team   2:31.815   11   3.821   145.12 
 7   18   SBK   Guy MARTIN   GBR   Yamaha - AIM Racing   2:32.475   16   4.481   144.49 
 8   6   SBK   Stephen THOMPSON   GBR   Suzuki - Stefan Kuehn Racing Tm   2:32.499   12   4.505   144.47 
 9   4   SBK   Stuart EASTON   GBR   Honda - Stobart Honda   2:33.234   14   5.240   143.78 
 10   77   SBK   Les SHAND   GBR   Suzuki - BTS Racing   2:34.166   15   6.172   142.91 
 11   40   SPT   Steve ALLAN   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:34.557   13   6.563   142.54 
 12   12   SBK   Martin FINNEGAN   IRL   Honda - Solent Scientific R'ng   2:34.636   15   6.642   142.47 
 13   19   SBK   Franky HEIDGER   GER   Suzuki - bwin Racing Germany   2:35.284   13   7.290   141.88 
 14   20   SBK   Keith AMOR   GBR   Suzuki - DMR Racing   2:36.099   14   8.105   141.14 
 15   44   SBK   John HANER   USA   Suzuki - KWS Team   2:36.245   8   8.251   141.00 
 16   5   SBK   Mark MILLER   USA   Suzuki - KWS Team   2:37.791   14   9.797   139.62 
 17   50   SBK   Paul HUNT   IOM   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:38.514   12   10.520   138.99 
 18   8   SBK   Pete JENNINGS   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   2:38.516   5   10.522   138.98 
 19   9   SBK   James McBRIDE   GBR   Honda - Solent Scientific R'ng   2:38.523   15   10.529   138.98 
 20   60   SPT   Callum RAMSAY   GBR   Kawasaki - MSS Discovery Racing   2:38.588   11   10.594   138.92 
 21   27   SBK   Rico PENZKOFER   GER   Yamaha - PS Das Motorradmagazin   2:38.612   13   10.618   138.90 
 22   25   SBK   Michael WEYNAND   BEL   Kawasaki - Stefan Kuehn R/Team   2:38.636   12   10.642   138.88 
 23   99   SBK   Rui REIGOTO   POR   Yamaha - Vodafone Yamaha BPN   2:38.815   12   10.821   138.72 
 24   10   SBK   Ian LOUGHER   GBR   Honda - Slingshot Racing   2:39.057   10   11.063   138.51 
 25   11   SBK   Sandor BITTER   HUN   Yamaha - Black Motorsport   2:40.169   14   12.175   137.55 
 26   66   SBK   Gerald MUTEAU   FRA   Suzuki - Team of Paris   2:40.871   13   12.877   136.95 
 27   32   SPT   CHEUNG Wai On   HKG   Yamaha   2:40.976   14   12.982   136.86 
 28   14   SBK   Jose LEITE   POR   Suzuki - Suzuki Caepsa BPN   2:41.044   9   13.050   136.80 
 29   13   SPT   SOU Se Hong   MAC   Honda   2:43.139   14   15.145   135.05 
 30   22   SPT   Joao FERNANDES   MAC   Kawasaki - Team of Paris   2:43.220   12   15.226   134.98 
 31   38   SBK   Jason BROOME   MAC   Suzuki   2:43.736   15   15.742   134.55 
 32   17   SBK   Luis CARREIRA   POR   Honda - Repsol Honda Team   2:44.417   10   16.423   134.00 
 33   26   SPT   Craig ATKINSON   GBR   Honda - DMR Racing   2:47.061   13   19.067   131.88 
 34   21   SBK   Andi NOTMAN   GBR   Honda Turbo- Segway   2:47.871   14   19.877   131.24 
 35   23   SBK   WONG Man Kwong   MAC   Suzuki   2:54.312   6   26.318   126.39 
 36   24   SPT   Peter EDWARDS   HKG   Yamaha   2:57.616   14   29.622   124.04 
 37   15   SPT   CHUI Wai Kwong   HKG   Yamaha   3:05.783   14   37.789   118.59 
 38   16   SPT   LEONG Iok Choi   MAC   Yamaha   3:45.531   3   1:17.537   97.68 

40th MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX - ENTRY LIST

No. Rider Nat. Team Machine/ CC
1 Michael RUTTER GBR Stobart Honda Honda/ 1000
2 John McGUINNESS GBR Stobart Honda Honda/ 1000
3 Ian HUTCHINSON GBR Stobart Honda Honda/ 1000
4 Stuart EASTON GBR Stobart Honda Honda/ 1000
5 Mark MILLER USA KWS Team Suzuki/ 1000
6 Stephen THOMPSON GBR Stefan Kuehn Racing Team Suzuki/ 1000
7 Thomas HINTERREITER AUT Yamaha Austria Racing Team Yamaha/ 1000
8 Pete JENNINGS GBR Slingshot Racing Honda/ 1000
9 James McBRIDE GBR Hydrex Honda Honda/ 1000
10 Ian LOUGHER GBR Slingshot Racing Honda/ 1000
11 Sandor BITTER HUN Black Motorsport Yamaha/ 1000
12 Ryan FARQUHAR GBR Hydrex Honda Honda/ 1000
13 SOU Se Hong MAC SOU Se Hong Honda/ 600*
14 Jose LEITE POR Suzuki Caepsa BPN Suzuki/ 998
15 CHUI Wai Kwong HKG CHUI Wai Kwong Yamaha/ 600*
16 LEONG Iok Choi MAC LEONG Iok Choi Yamaha/ 600*
17 Luis CARREIRA POR Repsol Honda Team Honda/ 1000
18 Guy MARTIN GBR A.I.M. Racing Yamaha/ 1000
19 Franky HEIDGER GER bwin – Racing Germany Suzuki/ 1000
20 Keith AMOR GBR DMR Racing Suzuki/ 1000
21 Andi NOTMAN GBR Matlock Motomax Honda/ 600
22 Joao FERNANDES MAC Team of Paris Suzuki/ 600*
23 WONG Man Kwong MAC WONG Man Kwong Suzuki/ 750
24 Peter EDWARDS HKG Peter EDWARDS Yamaha/ 600*
25 Michael WEYNAND BEL Stefan Kuehn Racing Team Kawasaki / 1000
26 Craig ATKINSON GBR DMR Racing Honda/ 600*
27 Rico PENZKOFER GER PS – Das Motorradmagazin Yamaha/ 1000
32 CHEUNG Wai On HKG Cheung Wai On Kawasaki / 1000
38 Jason BROOME MAC Jason BROOME Suzuki/ 998
40 Steve ALLAN GBR MSS Discovery Racing Kawasaki / 600*
44 John HANER USA KWS Team Suzuki/ 1000
45 Martin FINNEGAN IRL Klaffi Honda Honda/ 1000
50 Paul HUNT IOM MSS Discovery Racing Kawasaki / 1000
57 Jeremy TOYE USA Lee’s Cycle Racing Kawasaki / 1000
60 Callum RAMSAY GBR MSS Discovery Racing Kawasaki / 600*
66 Gerald MUTEAU FRA Team of Paris Suzuki/ 1000
77 Les SHAND GBR BTS Racing Suzuki/ 1000
86 Cameron DONALD AUS UEL Duncan Racing Honda/ 1000
88 Steve PLATER GBR A.I.M. Racing Yamaha/ 1000
99 Rui REIGOTO POR Vodafone Yamaha BPN Yamaha/ 1000

YAMAHA AUSTRIA BIKES IN MACAU

Three Yamaha Austria bikes are now on there way to Macau for the 40th Macau Grand Prix - the official YART bike will be ridden by Thomas Hinterreiter, but Sandor Bitter (Black Motorsport No.11) and Rico Penzkofer (PS – Das Motorradmagazin No.27) will also be riding Yamaha Austria bikes. The team will be making their way to the Far East from Saturday 11th.

MICHAEL RUTTER MAY NOT HAVE IT ALL HIS OWN WAY...

A sterling line-up will be determined to deny Briton Michael Rutter a record-breaking seventh win in the Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition next month. As the event celebrates four decades on the famous Guia street circuit, the entry for the 2006 edition of the Far East Classic, with riders from 11 countries and territories, includes several who are capable of ending Rutter’s dominant Macau reign.

Stobart Honda, one of the most successful teams in the recent history of the British Superbike Championship and for whom Rutter rode in 2006, will field a total of four riders all aboard 1000cc machines. Rutter’s arch rival and fellow Briton John McGuinness, making his 9th visit to Macau, joins the Stobart Honda line-up. There will be no chance of team orders with McGuinness, who won the event in 2001 and has been runner-up to Rutter each year since, determined to beat his team mate.

Ian Hutchinson, 26, runner-up in the 600cc Supersport Class last year at Macau, and 23-year-old youngster Stuart Easton who last competed here in 2004, complete the four-man Stobart Honda line-up.

Scotsman Les Shand, third last year, is back with BTS Racing, while Welshman Ian Lougher, who just missed out on a podium in 2005, will be aboard the Slingshot Racing Honda 1000.

The USA contingent this year includes AMA Superbike Championship and Superstock series rider John Haner, and Mark Miller making his sixth Macau visit, both on KWS Team Suzuki 1000s, and Jeremy Toye with Lee’s Cycles Racing.

From Portugal come Jose Leite, with Suzuki Caepsa BPN, Luis Carreira with the Repsol Honda Team, and multiple Portuguese Stocksport Champion Rui Reigoto making his 5th Macau visit, this time with the Vodafone Yamaha BPN outfit.

Making his Macau debut is Hungarian FIM World Endurance Championship rider, and former national Supersport and Superstock Champion, Sandor Bitter, racing for Black Motorsport.

Also facing the demanding Guia Circuit for the first time will be 2003 World Endurance Champion Andi Notman, 27, racing for Matlock Motomax on the revolutionary turbocharged Honda 600. Competing this year in the AMA Superbike Championship in the USA for Team UK aboard a Suzuki GSXR 1000, last year Notman competed in the final round of the World Superbike Championship for Foggy Petronas Racing, the team run by 1992 Macau winner and Superbike legend, Carl Fogarty.

Notman, known as “The Sheriff” as he hails from the Robin Hood city of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, will be racing in front of his childhood hero, former World Champion Kevin Schwantz, who will be in Macau to help celebrate the 40th running of the event.

Newcomer Belgian Michael Weynand has competed in a number of 24-hour endurance races and last year contested the BMW Boxer Cup, finishing third in his local race. He also competed in the Isle of Man TT for the first time last year.

French newcomer Gerald Muteau will be riding for Team Of Paris on a Suzuki 1000, and is partnered by Macau’s Joao Fernandes, 4th in the Supersport Class last year and this time on a Suzuki 1000.

The 600cc Supersport Class line-up includes last year’s Macau winner in the class Steve Allan, who is joined by Callum Ramsay, both riding MSS Discovery Racing Kawasakis.

Macau is well represented on the grid this year, with Sou Se Hong, Leong Iok Choi, Wong Man Kwong, and newcomer Chui Wai Kwong who is competing in the 600cc Supersport Class.

All eyes will be on Rutter over the Grand Prix weekend, and paying particularly close attention will be six-time winner Ron Haslam. Can Rutter go one better than the legendary “Rocket” and set a new record of seven Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix victories?

With today’s two-wheel heroes represented in what promises to be a spectacular 15-lap Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition, the riders and motorcycles of yesterday are also well represented.

In what will be a fitting celebration of 40 years of thrilling motorcycle action on the Guia Circuit, the Macau Grand Prix Committee has teamed up with the “Classic Auto-cycle Museum” Club of Hong Kong (CAM) to assemble a collection of 60 Classic and collectable motorcycles. Forty of these motorcycles will take part in a Lap of Honour, scheduled for 2:30pm on Saturday, November 18, just prior to the start of the race, and a 3-lap Parade at 2:15pm on Sunday. The motorcycles, which represent the four decades of the Macau event, will be ridden by former Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix winners and members of the CAM. Others examples of motorcycles from a bygone era will be on display in Macau at Largo do Senado and Fisherman’s Wharf from Monday to Sunday of Grand Prix week.

SCHWANTZ TO JOIN TWO-WHEEL STARS FOR 40TH MACAU MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

Former Motorcycle World Champion Kevin Schwantz will be amongst the former winners heading for China this November as the Macau Grand Prix celebrates the 40th running of its famous motorcycle street race.

Joining the Texan for the celebrations will be: The legendary “Rocket” Ron Haslam who won the event an astonishing six times in the 1980s; Belgian Didier de Radigues who, in addition to winning in Macau in 1991, notched up four World Championship Grand Prix wins during his stellar career; and TT hero Mick Grant who took two Macau victories in the 1970’s and 80’s and continued his love affair with the city long after he’d hung up his racing boots, returning many times as a team manager.

The only man ever to have equalled Haslam’s record of six wins, British Superbike star Michael Rutter, will also be amongst the former winners in Macau come November. However, the anniversary celebrations won’t be foremost in his mind as the Englishman attempts to set a new record of seven victories right under the gaze of the “Rocket” himself.

Schwantz, who won in Macau on a 500cc Grand Prix Suzuki, is looking forward to his first visit to the SAR since 1989, when he attended the event as a guest television commentator: “I’ve heard so much about how Macau has grown and it’s real similar to Las Vegas now…. So, I think it will be neat. It will be interesting to see, as a race, how the event’s grown as well.”

Macau may have changed almost beyond recognition, but the Guia Circuit is virtually unaltered since his day, and Schwantz has not forgotten the challenge it presented 18 years ago. When asked whether going from road race tracks to a street circuit, even with a 500cc motorcycle, was intimidating, Schwantz replied recently: “Absolutely! I look back on that and think how did Suzuki ever even think about letting me go do that. As big a kid as I was and as much stupid stuff as I do on a proper racetrack, wow, what might I do there with all those walls and how bad could I get hurt!
“So it was, and it took quite some time to learn the track. It’s got some real tricky uphill blind left-right corners and certain parts of it are really, really fast too. It’s not just a walk in the park by any stretch.”

But not only did Schwantz conquer Macau, he did it in spectacular style. So convincing was his win – much of it on his rear wheel - that another rider suggested the countless wheelies may have been necessary to preserve his front tyre. Remembers Schwantz: “Jamie Whitham is one of the guys who went and he came down after the weekend and says, “Did you guys get a (tyre) allotment? Were you shorted on your tyre budget? Because every time I saw you, the front wheel was in the air!””

In an illustrious career, during which he became hugely popular for this all-or-nothing riding style, Schwantz competed in seven 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix seasons, finishing 2nd in 1990 and clinching the title three years later. Early in the 1995 season, after a year plagued by crashes, Schwantz decided to retire having notched up an incredible 25 Grand Prix wins, one more than his great rival, Wayne Rainey. This made him the second most successful American road racer after Eddie Lawson and, as a mark of respect, the world motorcycle governing body, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), retired his racing number 34 as testament to his popularity.

However, years before the American hotshot made his trip to Macau, “Rocket” Ron Haslam, so named for his ability to make great starts, had won the hearts of Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix fans with a run of six wins, interrupted only in 1984 when he was unable to make the trip to the Far East Classic and victory went instead to follow Englishman Mick Grant.

One of ten brothers and sisters from the mining town of Langley Mill in Nottinghamshire, UK, Haslam started racing at the age of 15 on a 750cc Norton Commando owned jointly by two of his elder brothers. Tragically, Haslam was to lose two of his brothers in motorcycle racing accidents over the next 12 years, but he continued in his chosen sport.

Haslam made his debut in 500cc Grand Prix motorcycle racing in 1977, and in an eight-year period had 61 top ten finishes including nine on the podium. These results made him Britain’s second best Grand Prix rider after Barry Sheene.

Today Haslam lives with wife Ann and his children in the UK, helps son Leon, who has followed in his father’s footsteps, and nurtures stars of the future at his Ron Haslam Racing School at Donington Park.

Another rider with a successful racing school is De Radigues, who conquered the Guia Circuit in 1991. The popular Belgian enjoyed a successful World Championship motorcycle career for more than a decade, with 14 podiums and four wins, before turning his hand, just as successfully to sportscar racing and television commentary.

With the return of Schwantz, Haslam, de Radigues and Grant to Macau this November, a host of celebrations planned to mark the 40th running of the Far East Classic, plus Rutter’s attempt at setting a new record of wins on the Guia Circuit, motorcycle fans can look forward to a rare treat.

Over the four-day 53rd Macau Grand Prix, practice and qualifying sessions will take place on November 16th and 17th (Thursday and Friday), with the races on November 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday). The Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition, is scheduled for the Saturday afternoon.

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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME      
 
       
16th NOVEMBER (THURSDAY) 06:00   Circuit Closed to the Public