This is the 2012 Macau Grand Prix

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Each year, Macanese filmaker Sergio Perez shoots and edits a highlights video of the Macau Grand Prix. Running on the closed streets of China’s Special Administrative Region, the race is one of the most unique and most dangerous in the world. It’s then this video that’s shown during the awards banquet for riders after the event.

  • karlInSanDiego

    I’ve never heard of this GP and now I know why. It’s 1950′s safety in 2012. While I respect the competitor’s right to race as they like, this is more bloodsport than modern motorsport. You don’t race motorcycles wheel to wheel on a converted street circuit. But sadly, China is very slow to come up to safety standards in most areas of life. For those unaware there were three crashes in practice, Luis Carreira died during qualifying, and later that weekend a driver was killed in a Touring Car. If you study the progression of modern motorcycle (and automobile) racing, you’ll realize that other than this outdated strain of riders who primarily race on road courses in Ireland, two races on the Isle of Man and apparently China, the rest of the road racing world has decided that you can have fun racing motorcycles while greatly maximizing the careers of the competitors when you have a little thing called runoff. I enjoy watching the TT at the Isle of Man where they are never started in a pack racing wheel to wheel for a common checkered, but if they asked me if I’d enjoy it just as much if they ran it on a safe long circuit, I like everyone else should tell them yes. This Macau circuit is just bad news for bikes, and they can do better.

    • Tyler McAvoy

      you don’t have to enter it if you don’t want to… I understand your concern but at the same time racing is by its very nature a dangerous sport. Competitors know the risks and do it anyways. If they want to test their skill on such a dangerous course, and die doing it, they die challenging themselves as they have done the majority of their career. A closed road course is dangerous, but also hugely challenging which is why these guys do it.

      • karlInSanDiego

        That’s my point in saying it’s a bloodsport. These guys aren’t the best racers in China or the world (that’s WSB and MotoGP). They are the group that are desperate to prove themselves in the riskiest niche of the sport, called road racing and have taken their carnival on the road to China. It’s the UFC of motorcycle racing. Not trying to take anything away from those TT heroes, but even they must realize this course is ludicrous for bikes. Here’s footage of the fatal accident (nsf anywhere, you’ve been warned) I’m posting it because unlike all other bike racing where a man down and burning bike on the racing line would be a red flag, they pull out yellow flags. Amateur hour.

        • OtisGerald

          As far as I can tell, there have been two (motorcycle) deaths in the past 20 years or so at Macau. Of course that’s a bit higher than your typical road coarse and there are certainly more risks, but it’s not outrageous, and I certainly wouldn’t call that a blood sport. Blood sport implies people come specifically for death and destruction and that is a hard case to make for Macau falling into that category. It’s an old race, and no it’s not an ideal circuit, but you could say that about Monaco, but that doesn’t keep F1 out of there.

          The Manx TT kills a couple of guys a year and ACTUALLY HAS AN AMATEUR HOUR. Anyway, while it’s always sad when guys die, and we should certainly do what we can to mitigate risk, they are big boys choosing to take part in what they know is risky behavior. I say leave them to it the same way I tell people to leave me to my ‘risky’ behavior of owning a motorcycle.

        • rohorn

          Sounds just like normal street traffic everywhere else in the world – good thing nobody gets hurt or dies on motorcycles there.

        • Slanteye2

          If preservation of life is your primary motivation karllnSanDiego, perhaps motorcycling is not right for you.

          • karlInSanDiego

            Preservation of life is everybody’s motivation at a sanctioned racing event. Been to one lately? Been present on the day a racer died? I have. When you do, come back and tell me you don’t ask yourself if that particular death could have been avoided by improving safety at the track. It’s why Laguna Seca wasn’t on the MotorGP calendar again until they built out the turn at the end of the corkscrew. I understand there are injuries and even deaths in motor racing. For those of you equating this to the TT, I think it’s worth understanding that the TT was dropped from the Grand Prix (now MotoGP) in 1977, 4 years after Ago (then current World Champion) refused to continue racing there because of the danger, having lost his friend Gilberto Parlotti. Over those 4 successive years the racers grew some balls and told their teams they wouldn’t race there anymore. That’s the TT’s history. And even the modern day TT, now uses a time trial format to try to minimize the danger of a pack of bikes on that dangerous course. Automobiles and bikes largely quit road racing because it was a bloodsport. Again, read the histories of Mille Miglia, Carrera Panamericana and you’ll see why these are now vintage meets and in a rallye format. Read about the carnage in 1968 auto racing that eventually led to racers drawing the line at unsafe tracks and boycotting Spa in 1969 forcing the addition of armco in 1970. Now watch modern races on modern tracks, and then look at bikes in Macau. Is it a bloodsport? My understanding of history says it’s as close as the motorsport world has.

        • Joseph Knudsen

          So you’re saying that John McGuiness is not one of the best racers in the world? Seriously?

    • FreeFrog

      No one races that doesn’t want to race! It’s a HUGE risk like TT Isle of Man or the Dakar rally, but that’s why it’s exciting — the risk and reward for the riders and the intense excitement for fans. If racers/teams find it too unsafe they can always withdraw/protest.

    • Mark Wells

      You talk about this like it is some new event set up by the evil Chinese, the Macau GP has been going since the 1960′s (the cars a few years before). It has had some of the best racers from both the 2 and 4 wheeled world compete there (you ever heard of a chap called Michael Schumacher?). Like the TT if it didn’t already exist it probably wouldn’t be started now, but it endures. Like the TT it is a mater of free choice.

  • Damien Gaudet

    Good stuff. Rutter is a beast.

  • Andreas Alm

    The Macau GP is awesome. Half the riders come in with scrapes on their shoulders. I hear they use the same special fuel tanks as the TT heroes, because of gigantic balls.

  • Speedo007

    Talk about no margin for error! Where do these riders put their balls on such small bikes, you’d think a sidecar would be required to carry those along!