Macau Grand Prix: Peter Hickman triumphs for the fourth time – High 4 lockout for the BMW racers.
Peter Hickman secures his fourth victory on the streets of Macau together with his FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Group BMW M 1000 RR.
Davey Todd and David Datzer declare second and third locations on the rostrum, with Josh Brookes finishing the BMW success in fourth.
Uwe Geyer: “Congratulations to our BMW Racers who as soon as once more dominated in Macau.”
Macau. The motorsport world turned its consideration to Macau final weekend. As a part of the seventieth Macau Grand Prix, the fifty fifth version of the Macau Motorbike Grand Prix occurred, and the race on the spectacular Guia Circuit avenue course ended with a top-four lockout for the BMW Racers. Main the pack was Peter Hickman (GBR), who raced his BMW M 1000 RR of FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Group to his fourth Macau victory. Davey Todd (GBR / Burrows Engineering / RK Racing) and David Datzer (GER / MTP Racing by ZERO UP Penz 13) secured second and third locations on the rostrum. Hickman’s teammate Josh Brookes (GBR) accomplished the success for the BMW M 1000 RR in his Macau debut, ending fourth.
“Congratulations to our profitable BMW riders who as soon as once more dominated in Macau. A top-four lockout for our BMW M 1000 RR is a sensational outcome,” mentioned Uwe Geyer, Head of BMW Motorrad Buyer Racing. “Peter Hickman lived as much as his position as one of many high favourites. Davey Todd, whom we are able to welcome again to the BMW racing household, additionally proved that he belongs among the many finest street racers on the earth. David Datzer, in his second Macau look, reached the rostrum for the second time – a formidable efficiency. And Josh Brookes, as a debutant on this extraordinarily difficult race, achieved a wonderful outcome with fourth place. Because of all BMW racers who represented BMW’s colors so efficiently in Macau!”
Hickman competed in Macau for the primary time since 2019, and it was the primary look on the Guia Circuit for the FHO Racing BMW Motorrad Group, within the house city of group supervisor Faye Ho. Hickman shortly demonstrated that he nonetheless excelled on the distinctive course, setting the quickest occasions within the practices and securing pole place.
Hickman maintained the lead at first of the race earlier than it was red-flagged on the primary lap. On the restart, Hickman stayed within the lead, with Todd initially placing stress on him. Nevertheless, because the race progressed, Hickman pulled away, ending with a 28.969-second lead over Todd after twelve laps.
“We’ve had a implausible outcome”, Hickman mentioned. “We’re at Faye’s house occasion and it’s her correct house observe, it’s her metropolis and it’s simply implausible to be first in each single session and successful the race, so I couldn’t actually ask for greater than that – I’m tremendous comfortable. The boys have labored completely mega, the BMW M 1000 RR has been excellent to be sincere. The observe was a bit bumpier than it was once, which makes it exhausting to journey. However the FHO Racing group have gotten the bike just about bang on and I felt actually snug. Davey clearly gave us a little bit of a push to start out with, however we might actually preserve the tempo and he couldn’t, so we managed to interrupt away and disappeared up the street and simply managed it from there.”
Todd skilled a rollercoaster of feelings on race day. After qualifying second, a technical situation prevented him from collaborating within the first begin, forcing him again to the pit. Nevertheless, he and the group didn’t quit, labored on the restore, and when the race restarted after the crimson flag, Todd was again within the combine, in the end securing second place on the rostrum.
“I wasn’t anticipating a day like that in any respect. It was simply a type of so unfortunate issues on the first begin”, Todd mentioned. “The fellows pushed the bike again to the storage and I felt as if my world had come aside strolling again down pit lane. However the group saved going and labored flat out simply in case the race was stopped and we might soar within the re-run. And we bought again on the market. I managed to take it up with Pete for 4 laps, attempting to take a seat in behind him. I knew that the tyres would come into play and tried to save lots of them as a lot as I can. I simply didn’t have the tyre to compete on the finish. Hat’s off to Pete, he had an excellent race and because of the group for an superior job.”
Datzer was additionally overjoyed after securing his second podium end in his second Macau look. The restart didn’t go as deliberate for him, ranging from fourth, he initially dropped a number of positions and was ninth. Nevertheless, he fought his method again, finally passing Brookes to assert third place and maintained the rostrum place till the checkered flag.
“It’s wonderful, simply wonderful”, Datzer enthused on the rostrum. “After my dangerous begin I assumed, oh no, the quick guys are gone. Nevertheless, I’m blessed to have an excellent bike which has been ready by an excellent group. I labored my method via and to be on the rostrum once more at Macao is a good way to finish the occasion.”
Paul Jordan (GBR / ZERO UP Racing Group by Penz 13) and Sam West (GBR / moto-hub.co.uk) completed seventh and tenth, respectively, additionally making it into the highest ten.