London, England, 26 Sept – Michael Rutter and the North West 200 Ducati Racing Team will compete in November’s Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, the Ducati Team said Thursday.
“It is very important for us as a team to promote the NW200 event on the world stage and there can be no better place to do that than in Macau. As Michael is currently the most successful rider ever at Macau, we are hoping for some great results on the Ducati,” said Alistair Kennedy, Commercial Director of the Kennedy Group.
A seventh win at the peninsula street circuit would also secure Rutter a place in the history books. Rutter and Ron Haslam currently have six wins apiece, and this is one of the reasons ‘the Blade’ is looking forward to returning this year on a Ducati.
“The team have worked hard all year to get the bike in great order, and it will be fantastic to listen to the sound of the Ducati through the streets of Macau, as we have not seen a Ducati there since I won in 2003,” said Rutter.
“Mostly though, I would just like to finish the season off with a win to thank all the guys for there hard work all year but I will have strong opposition from John McGuinness, Ian Hutchinson and Guy Martin to name a few, so it should be a very close fought race,” he said
“I still want to come out on top as we cross the line,” he added.
“I am delighted that Michael Rutter is coming back to Macau for another record breaking seventh victory,” said Macau GP organiser, Mike Trimby.
Michael Rutter won the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, driving Honda and Ducati motorcycles.
The Macau Grand Prix will be held between 13 and 16 November at the 6.2-kilometre Guia Racing Circuit, considered one of the most challenging circuits in the world.