Robin Miller |
TT and Roads
History is to be made at the Macau Grand Prix next month with the entry of renowned Dutch rider Nadieh Schoots and it will also be the first time that two motorcycle races have been held in one day, both over eight laps of the 3 .8 miles. Track.
But the rules may need to be changed to allow for a field smaller than the 22 entries currently required.
This historic event, the 54th, returns to the Guia road circuit, considered by many to be one of the most dangerous, after a two-year absence. And so far it has only attracted 15 entries with a month to go. One is former WorldSBK and Supersport rider Sheridan Morais, another is Joey Thompson on the Heatteach racing BMW S1000RR.
Thompson describes competing in Macau as “the pursuit of the dream” despite the travel costs and quarantine that still apply to overseas visitors.
It is the prospect of the latter, which may involve spending several days in a hotel, that has discouraged the UK’s top riders and teams. They have already chased the dream, not totally confined to racing, and are ready to miss it.
But with the four-day Grand Prix, both for two and four wheels, starting on November 17, there is still time to fill the grid which already has 13 entries including a number of well-known riders in Europe.
The list of registrants to date is as follows: Nadieh Schoots, Andre Pires, Raul Torres, Erno Kostamo, Julian Trummer, Paul Williams, David Datzer, Rob Hodson, Sheridan Morais, Joey Thompson, Matt Stevenson, Laurent Hoffman, Lucas Maurer.