Macau GP Records and Stats

Macau GP Records and Stats 

The first ever Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix took place in 1967 with race winner Hiroshi Hasegawa completing the 30-lap race in just under two hours and at an average speed of 60.22mph. The race remained over this distance for the next 12 years and speeds, naturally increased during this period; indeed, just two years later the race was won at an average speed of just over 64mph.

In 1973, Ken Araoka set a new lap record of 2m56.68s, a speed of 77.43mph, and became the first rider to lap the Guia circuit in under three minutes. Four years later and British rider Mick Grant smashed that mark lapping some eight seconds quicker and recording a speed of 81.24mph, the first rider to break the 80mph barrier.

British Riders 

British riders were now in the ascendancy and the 1980s saw Charlie Williams and Ron Haslam both setting outright lap records. However, GP ace Kevin Schwantz stole it from them in 1988 when he dominated the two legs on his Pepsi Suzuki. German Superbike rider Peter Rubatto became the first mainland Europe rider to hold the record in 1990 but he only held it for a year before another Grand Prix rider Didier de Radigues set a lap of 87.76mph in 1991.

Milestones set

Speeds were edging ever closer to the 90mph mark throughout the 1990s and although 500cc bikes continued to be present, in the hands of riders including Carl Fogarty, Steve Hislop and Mike Edwards, it was Michael Rutter and the Honda RC45 750cc Honda that finally achieved the mark in 1998 with a speed of 90.74mph.

Michael Rutter, Macau GP 2015

Michael Rutter, Macau GP 2015

The next milestone was the first sub 2m30m lap and it came just three years later with race winner John McGuinness posting a lap of 2m29.173s, 91.77mph. Rutter took the record back in 2003 but it was 2006 that saw a major jump in times with Steve Plater taking over two seconds off Rutter’s time. A year later, McGuinness shaved a further second and a half off the time and we were now close to a sub 2m25s lap.

That came in 2010 with Stuart Easton having that particular honour and not only does this remain the outright lap record, it also remains the only lap of the 3.8-mile circuit to be completed at more than 95mph. Meanwhile, Glenn Irwin recorded the fastest ever lap by a newcomer in 2016, his lap currently making him the seventh fastest rider of all time.  He didn’t quite get close to it in the shortened race but did move from seventh fastest to third overall.

Current records that are held at the Macau GP include:

Outright lap record
Stuart Easton (Kawasaki ZX-10R) – 2m23.616s – 95.32mph – 2010

Supersport 600cc lap record
Steve Allan (Kawasaki ZX-6R) – 2m31.625s – 90.22mph – 2005

Fastest riders 

1.Stuart Easton1000 Kawasaki20102m23.616s95.32mph
2.Michael Rutter1098 Ducati20102m24.070s94.96mph
3.Glen Irwin1199 Ducati20172m24.094s94.194mph
4.Peter Hickman1000 BMW20172m24.301s94.80mph
5.Martin Jessopp1000 BMW20162m24.931s94.17mph
5.Jeremy Toye1000 BMW20102m25.112s94.28mph
6.Ian Hutchinson1000 Yamaha20132m25.419s94.14mph
7.Glenn Irwin1199 Ducati20162m25.660s93.92mph
8.Gary Johnson1000 Suzuki20102m25.803s93.84mph
9.John McGuinness1000 Honda20072m26.096s93.70mph
10.Conor Cummins1000 Kawasaki20092m26.251s93.54mph
11.Simon Andrews1000 Kawasaki20102m26.286s93.52mph
12.Steve Plater1000 Yamaha20072m26.415s93.51mph
13.Thomas Hinterreiter1000 Yamaha20072m26.820s93.26mph
14.Horst Saiger1000 Kawasaki20152m26.889s93.12mph
15.Dean Harrison1000 Kawasaki20172m26.933s93.10mph
16.Rico Penzkofer1000 BMW20092m27.208s92.93mph
17.Jimmy Storrar1000 BMW20132m27.567s92.79mph
18.Cameron Donald1000 Suzuki20082m27.661s92.73mph
19.Luis Carreira1000 Suzuki20092m28.129s92.35mph
20.Lee Johnston1000 BMW20172m28.136s92.34mph
21.David Johnson1000 BMW20172m28.197s92.31mph
22.Mark Miller1000 Suzuki20092m28.233s92.29mph
23.Derek Sheils1000 Suzuki20162m28.242s92.28mph
24.Gerald Muteau1000 Kawasaki20092m28.317s92.23mph
25.James Hillier1000 Suzuki20102m28.447s92.16mph

The undisputed king of Macau is without a shadow of doubt Michael Rutter. Not only is he the most successful in terms of outright wins, with eight, he’s also stepped onto the podium comfortably more times than any other rider.

Indeed, Rutter has more than twice the total of second placed John McGuinness, with the Midlands rider taking his 17th podium in 2016, and given he’s attended the event on 22 occasions, that’s an extremely impressive conversion rate.

McGuinness at Macau

McGuinness has been going to Macau almost as long as Rutter with 21 visits and although his one and only win at the event came back in 2001, he’s managed eight podiums in total. However, despite continuing to rack up leaderboard positions, you have to go back to 2008 to find the last time he stepped onto the podium.

First held in 1967, three riders have taken six podiums at the Far East venue, Phillip McCallen, Ron Haslam and Japanese rider Sadao Asami. All of Haslam’s rostrums were race wins as he took six victories between 1981 and 1987, the only absence being 1984 when he missed the event.

John McGuinness at Macau GP

John McGuinness at Macau GP

Asami, a star of the 750cc and 350cc World Championships in the late 1970s, took third in both 1974 and 1975 before taking a hat-trick of victories between 1978 and 1980, the first rider to achieve such a feat. He was knocked off his lofty perch by Haslam in 1981 though and that second place proved to be his final rostrum appearance at the Guia circuit.

McCallen, like all of the other road races he competed in, was always a potential race winner although he only managed this once at Macau, in 1996. However, he took second in 1989, 1995 and 1997 and third in ’91 and ’94.

Next up is Stuart Easton with five podiums, four of those being race wins in 2008-10 and 2014. His other appearance on the rostrum came in 2004 when he rode the 999 Monstermob Ducati. That figure was matched in 2016 by Martin Jessopp, the only rider in the top ten not have stood on the top step of the podium. The Yeovil rider has now taken three second places (2011, 2012 and 2015) and third in 2014 and 2016.

Stuart Easton at Macau GP 2010

Stuart Easton at Macau GP 2010

The rest of the top ten is filled out by riders who have taken four rostrums – Ian Hutchinson, Steve Hislop, David Jefferies and Akira Terui.

Hislop took third in 1989 before claiming a hat-trick of wins in 1990, 1993 and 1994, the final two on 500cc ROC and Harris Yamaha’s. Hutchinson and Jefferies have a win apiece to their name with Jessopp the only rider in the top ten not have stood on the top step, the Yeovil rider now having taken three second places (2011, 2012 and 2015) and a third (2014). Japanese rider Akira Terui also took four podiums, but no win, between 1972 and 1977 just before the European riders started to dominate.

Meanwhile, despite only having two podiums, Peter Hickman became only the ninth rider to have won the race on two occasions or more in 2016 when he won the race for the second successive year.

Irwin’s win in 2017 was the first by a Northern Irishman since Phillip McCallen in 1996.

Leading Winners (two or more) 

1.Michael Rutter8 (1998 – 2012)
2.Ron Haslam6 (1981 – 1987)
3.Stuart Easton4 (2008 – 2014)
4.Sadao Asami3 (1978 – 1980)
=Steve Hislop3 (1990 – 1994)
6.Hiroshi Hasegawa2 (1967 – 1968)
=Mick Grant2 (1977 – 1984)
=Steve Plater2 (2006 – 2007)
=Peter Hickman2 (2015 – 2016)

Leading podium finishers (four or more)

1.Michael Rutter18 (1996 – 2017)
2.John McGuinness8 (1998 – 2008)
3.Sadao Asami6 (1975 – 1981)
=Ron Haslam6 (1981 – 1987)
=Phillip McCallen6 (1989 – 1997)
6.Stuart Easton5 (2004 – 2014)
=Martin Jessopp5 (2011 – 2016)
8.Akira Terui4 (1972 – 1977)
=Steve Hislop4 (1989 – 1994)
=David Jefferies4 (1999 – 2002)
=Ian Hutchinson4 (2006 – 2015)

Some impressive stats from the Macau GP over the years, now find out more about the riders in our Hall of Fame

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Statistical information provided by Phil Wain.