Onboard Lap of 2012 Macau Grand PrixWed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0800
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When it comes to motorcycle races, there are two that separate the men from the boys: the Isle of Man TT and the Macau Grand Prix. Both races are held on public roads with little to no margin for error. At the Isle, if you make a mistake, you’re flying off the side of a mountain. At Macau, a mistake puts you into a wall.
For only the third time in its history, the 2012 edition of the Isle of Man TT featured no fatalities. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about this year’s Macau race, as Portuguese rider Luis Filipe de Sousa Carreira was killed in a crash during qualifying.
As racers, each of the competitors understands and accepts the risks they’re entering into. Despite the tragic passing of Carreira the race continued. And if you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to compete at Macau, ride along with Austrian Horst Saiger on his Saiger-Racing.com Kawasaki ZX-10R en route to a fifth place finish. Brit Michael Rutter aboard a Honda CBR1000RR won the race. His eighth Macau victory in his illustrious career.
So sit back, crank up the volume, set aside 30 minutes of your time and watch Saiger wrestle his Kawasaki along some narrow Chinese streets, brushing inches past walls and riding wheel to wheel with some of the best road racers on the planet. You won’t be disappointed.
By Troy Siahaan
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