BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Macau, 18/11/2014, BMW Road Race Challenge
It wasn’t his best finish in the legendary Macau Grand Prix. However, SS 1000 RR rider and BMW Motorrad Race Trophy participant Didier Grams is quite satisfied with 11th place this year.
Be it on two or four wheels: every racing driver has respect for the fast, narrow and dangerous Guia city circuit through the streets of the Chinese special administrative region. No surprise then that the Macau Grand Prix arouses such interest among motorbike racers throughout the entire world. The same goes for Didier Grams, the 31-year old S 1000 RR rider from the Saxon town of Limbach-Oberfohna.
“The race in Macau was just simply awesome again,” said the reigning Champion in the International Road Racing Championship. “I’d hoped to finish in the top 10, but the weather put paid to that. While it was cool and rainy in practice, during the race it was hot and dry, which meant that our set-up wasn’t quite right. But it’s okay.”
The atmosphere in particular makes Macau so special for Grams. “Macau is just a world of its own. The tower blocks, casinos, people and the whole atmosphere are simply something special. It is of course an honour to compete here against the world’s best street circuit racers.”
Nine riders on BMW motorcycles were on the grid. Best RR rider behind Stuart Easton and Michael Rutter was the Briton Martin Jessop who finished in an exceptional third place for the Riders Motorcycles BMW team. His fellow compatriot Dan Cooper from DMR Racing took the chequered flag in seventh after twelve laps. The Briton Stephen Thompson from Penz13.com BMW Motorrad Team finished tenth. His team mate Steve Mercer retired, as did Grams’ Belgian team mate Marc Fissette. Graham English from TIVA Engineering Ltd. also saw the chequered flag in this extremely difficult race after finishing 17th.
Grams trusts his BMW S 1000 RR for four years now. He is totally convinced about the performance of his machine: “The RR is just state-of-the-art when it comes to safety and performance. The technology and basic set-up are perfect for racing. There’s no need for any extra tuning. The RR is quick out of the box, but first you have to keep the power under control. The bike is ‘ready to race’ from the factory.”
Even though this year’s result did not see Didier Grams improve on his 8th position from last year’s Macau Grand Prix, the race was still a highlight. Just like the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland this May where he competed in both the Superstock and Superbike classes. His greatest success in the current season is of course defending his International Road Racing Championship (IRRC) title. The tarmac specialist has won the title five times so far. “Road racing is my passion and I’m incredibly proud of my fifth championship.”
Looking ahead to Macau he can confirm today: “I’ll be here again next year!” Heidger Motorsport Team Boss Frank Heidger eagerly awaits 2015: “Being an ex-racer, I’m probably as good as addicted to Macau. I competed here seven times; and was here five times as Team Boss with Didier as rider. The circuit is a unique challenge for every rider. You have to use your brains here. Even so, the risk is calculable because the six-kilometre circuit is easy to learn. However, you shouldn’t ride at the absolute limit and Didier handled this superbly again this year. We are satisfied with 11th position.”