Peter Hickman secured a dominant victory in the 2023 Macau Grand Prix, the BSB and TT star powering clear of the opposition by almost half-a-minute to claim his fourth win on the peninsula.
On a triumphant day for Macanese FHO Racing team owner Faye Ho, double BSB champion Josh Brookes climbed the order to claim a fourth place finish on his maiden visit to the Guia Circuit.
Hickman came into the race as a strong favourite after establishing a sizeable margin during practice and qualifying, his cause seemingly set to be made easier by closest rival Davey Todd being wheeled off the grid before lights out with a technical issue.
However, Todd was given a second chance when Brian McCormack crashed on the opening lap and was struck by Nadieh Schoots to force a red flag. Necessitating a lengthy clean-up operation, it allowed Todd to reclaim his spot on the front row when the race restarted an hour later.
Once the race was underway, however, Hickman was not to be denied, getting the better of Todd on the opening lap before steadily eking out his advantage to take the flag by 29secs.
It marks his fourth success around the walled venue and his first since 2018, when he was competing under the Smiths Racing banner, and completes a successful road racing campaign complemented by his four victories on the Isle of Man TT.
Todd brought it home in second for his first podium finish at Macau, the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing rider unable to keep up with Hickman but able to steer his BMW M 1000 RR home safely for a confidence boosting result after a difficult year spent dovetailing BSB, road racing and Superstock commitments.
In third, David Datzer completed the podium on his MTP Racing by Zero Up Penz13 BMW, just two seconds adrift of Todd, while Brookes fought his way up from 12th on the grid for a fourth finish on his debut at Macau.
The Australian went some way to making up for legendary nine-time race winning FHO Racing team-mate Michael Rutter failing to finish after hitting technical issues.
Rob Hudson completed the top five on the SMT Racing Honda CBR1000RR-R, ahead of Lukas Maurer (Kawasaki), Paul Jordan (Zero Up Racing Team by Penz13) and Dominic Herbertson (Dafabet Kawasaki).
|2023 Macau Grand Prix - RACE Results|
|1||Peter Hickman||🇬🇧||FHO Racing BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||12 Laps|
|2||Davey Todd||🇬🇧||Burrows Engineering/RK Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||+28.969|
|3||David Datzer||🇩🇪||MTP-Racing by ZERO UP Penz 13||BMW M 1000 RR||+30.809|
|4||Josh Brookes||🇦🇺||FHO Racing BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||+33.120|
|5||Rob Hodson||🇬🇧||SMT Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||+41.583|
|6||Lukas Maurer||🇨🇭||---||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+1m 03.249|
|7||Paul Jordan||🇬🇧||ZERO UP Racing Team by Penz 13||BMW S 1000 RR||+1m 08.319|
|8||Dominic Herbertson||🇬🇧||Dafabet Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10R||+1m 23.955|
|9||Michael Evans||🇬🇧||---||Suzuki GSX-R1000||+1m 29.187|
|10||Sam West||🇬🇧||moto-hub.co.uk||BMW S 1000 RR||+1m 53.487|
|11||Joe Thompson||🇬🇧||Seventy Four Racing LTD by Genertech||Yamaha R1||+1m 54.058|
|12||Timothee Monot||🇨🇵||---||Yamaha R1||+2m 10.708|
|13||Paul Williams||🇬🇧||---||Suzuki GSX-R1000||+2m 15.588|
|14||Mark Goodings||🇬🇧||---||Kawasaki ZX-10||+2m 41.684|
|15||Oliver Lupberger||🇨🇭||Team Swiss Lupi by Heidger Motorsport||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Kamil Holan||🇨🇿||Blue Garage||Kawasaki ZX-10R|
|DNF||Erno Kostamo||🇫🇮||ZERO UP Racing Team by Penz 13||BMW S 1000 RR|
|DNF||Philip Crowe||🇬🇧||---||BMW M 1000 RR|
|DNF||David Johnson||🇦🇺||Dafabet Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR|
|DNF||Michael Rutter||🇬🇧||FHO Racing BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR|
|DNS||Brian McCormack||🇮🇪||Roadhouse Macau FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR|
|DNS||Julian Trummer||🇦🇹||WH Racing powered by Dynobike||Honda CBR1000RR-R|
|DNS||Nadieh Schoots||🇳🇱||Basomba Racing||Yamaha R1|