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Macau Grand Prix: Peter Hickman dominates as Josh Brookes fights to fourth on debut

GCS/Macau Grand Prix

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
1Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR12 Laps
2Davey Todd🇬🇧Burrows Engineering/RK RacingBMW M 1000 RR+28.969
3David Datzer🇩🇪MTP-Racing by ZERO UP Penz 13BMW M 1000 RR+30.809
4Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR+33.120
5Rob Hodson🇬🇧SMT RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R+41.583
6Lukas Maurer🇨🇭---Kawasaki ZX-10R+1m 03.249
7Paul Jordan🇬🇧ZERO UP Racing Team by Penz 13BMW S 1000 RR+1m 08.319
8Dominic Herbertson🇬🇧Dafabet RacingKawasaki ZX-10R+1m 23.955
9Michael Evans🇬🇧---Suzuki GSX-R1000+1m 29.187
10Sam West🇬🇧moto-hub.co.ukBMW S 1000 RR+1m 53.487
11Joe Thompson🇬🇧Seventy Four Racing LTD by GenertechYamaha R1+1m 54.058
12Timothee Monot🇨🇵---Yamaha R1+2m 10.708
13Paul Williams🇬🇧---Suzuki GSX-R1000+2m 15.588
14Mark Goodings🇬🇧---Kawasaki ZX-10+2m 41.684
15Oliver Lupberger🇨🇭Team Swiss Lupi by Heidger MotorsportKawasaki ZX-10RR+1 Lap
DNFKamil Holan🇨🇿Blue GarageKawasaki ZX-10R
DNFErno Kostamo🇫🇮ZERO UP Racing Team by Penz 13BMW S 1000 RR
DNFPhilip Crowe🇬🇧---BMW M 1000 RR
DNFDavid Johnson🇦🇺Dafabet RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR
DNFMichael Rutter🇬🇧FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR
DNSBrian McCormack🇮🇪Roadhouse Macau FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR
DNSJulian Trummer🇦🇹WH Racing powered by DynobikeHonda CBR1000RR-R
DNSNadieh Schoots🇳🇱Basomba RacingYamaha R1

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