BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Macau, China, 18/11/2019, BMW Road Race Challenge
The Macau Grand Prix at the weekend marked the season end in international road racing. Peter Hickman dominated the race weekend in Macau on his new BMW S 1000 RR – however, the second red flag of the race prevented him from potentially adding another victory in Macau to his collection. The 53rd staging of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix at the famous “Guia Circuit” was red-flagged twice before eventually being abandoned. Hickman was classified second in the final result. Victory went to his team-mate in the MGM by Bathams team, Michael Rutter (Honda).
In the past four years, Hickman has won the iconic Motorcycle Grand Prix on the narrow streets of Macau on three occasions: in 2015, 2016 and 2018. This year, he was making his first appearance in Macau on the new BMW S 1000 RR and was looking good to claim victory number four. Hickman set the fastest time in practice, secured pole position and also set the pace in the warm-up.
When the race got underway on Saturday afternoon, pole-sitter Hickman stormed clear of the field, opening up a lead of seven seconds over second-placed Rutter. However, the race was red-flagged for the first time on lap four. Rutter got away best at the re-start and took the lead ahead of Hickman. Hickman hit back on the second lap after the re-start, passing Rutter to regain the lead. Shortly after that, however, a crash involving several riders caused the race to be red-flagged for the second time.
Race control decided to abandon the race. The running order at the end of the first lap after the re-start was taken as the final result: This made Rutter, who was leading at this point, the race winner. Hickman was second.
In total, six BMW riders were classified in the top ten in the final result. Davey Todd (MGM by Penz13) came home fourth, ahead of Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing) in fifth place. Ian Hutchinson returned to the saddle of an RR in Macau, where he was racing for the Milwaukee with SMT team. He finished sixth. Gary Johnson was eighth on a BMW HP4 run by Ashcourt Racing and was followed home in ninth place by Erno Kostamo (MGM by Penz13).
2nd Peter Hickman (MGM by Bathams)
4th Davey Todd (MGM by Penz13)
5th Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing)
6th Ian Hutchinson (Team Milwaukee with SMT)
8th Gary Johnson (Ashcourt Racing)
9th Erno Kostamo (MGM by Penz13)
11th Michael Sweeney (Martin Jones Racing)
12th Phillip Crowe (Handtrans – Lee Jackson – AC)
13th Didier Grams (G&G Motorsport)
14th Craig Neve (Callmac Scaffolding Racing)
17th Brian McCormack (ON-1 Racing)
19th Sam West (PRL Cyclestore)
21st Dan Kruger (MGM by Penz13)
22nd David Morgan (DM71)