The Macau Bike GP has cemented its place in road racing history alongside the Isle of Mann TT and North West races too.
Unlike any other circuit in the world, the layout of the Guia Circuit has not been modified since the first event was run back in 1954. The circuit is an open road during non-race days and is completely lined with black and yellow Armco barriers. It is a technical combination of straights and bends with only 7m at its narrowest point making overtaking very difficult for the cars and hair raising for the bikes!
First run in 1967, 13 years after they started racing cars there, the motorcycle race was won by Japan’s Hasegawa who completed 30 laps of the Guia circuit on his Yamaha RD56 in a time of 1hr 53m34s.
These days the race is held over just 12 laps with those being completed in an astonishing 30 minutes or less! And it’s the English who have reigned supreme winning two and a half times more than nearest rivals Japan in second place (26 vs 10).
And for the last two years Datatag sponsored Peter Hickman has stepped onto the highest part of the podium having won on his Bathams sponsored BMW S1000RR. However it’s another Datatag sponsored rider Michael Rutter who has the most impressive list of stats against his name:
· Most wins with 8
· First rider to win four years in a row – 2002-2005
· Widest victory timespan with 14 years – 1998-2012
· Most podiums achieved with 17 – over 20 years!
· Most experienced rider – 23 years at Macau this year
· First rider to break 90mph average barrier – back in 1998
· One of only four riders ever to lap in less than 2min25seconds
The show kicked off on Thursday with practice and races proper over the weekend.
To celebrate these two fantastic riders, we’re giving away their helmets! Head on over to our Twitter page to enter: https://twitter.com/DatatagID