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Schwantz back on the road in Macau

Schwantz back on the road in Macau

Schwantz back on the road in Macau

Former Motorcycle World Champion Kevin Schwantz will head for China this November as the Macau Grand Prix celebrates its 40th race.

Joining the Texan for the celebrations will be: The legendary "Rocket" Ron Haslam who won the event an astonishing six times in the 1980s and Belgian Didier de Radigues who, in addition to winning in Macau in 1991, notched up four World Championship Grand Prix wins during his stellar career. Schwantz, who won in Macau on a 500cc Grand Prix Suzuki, last attended the race in 1989, when was a guest television commentator: "I've heard so much about how Macau has grown and it's real similar to Las Vegas now…. So, I think it will be neat. It will be interesting to see, as a race, how the event's grown as well."

Schwantz has not forgotten the difficulty of the Macua circuit. When asked whether going from road race tracks to a street circuit, even with a 500cc motorcycle, was intimidating 18 years ago, Schwantz replied recently: "Absolutely! I look back on that and think how did Suzuki ever even think about letting me go do that. As big a kid as I was and as much stupid stuff as I do on a proper racetrack, wow, what might I do there with all those walls and how bad could I get hurt!

"So it was, and it took quite some time to learn the track. It's got some real tricky uphill blind left-right corners and certain parts of it are really, really fast too. It's not just a walk in the park by any stretch."

Over the four-day 53rd Macau Grand Prix, practice and qualifying sessions will take place on November 16th and 17th (Thursday and Friday), with the races on November 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday). The Rio Hotel Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix – 40th Edition, is scheduled for the Saturday afternoon.

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MotoGP, 2006

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