André Pires was today 19th place in the Macau Grand Prix motorcycle event, in a race in which, for him, the most important thing was to “get to the end”, a year after he left.
“I think the position does not matter here, it’s getting to the end. It was very good because the bike is new,” he told Lusa news agency.
The race was won by Britishman Peter Hickman, who had come in second place in the same race in 2017, marked by Daniel Hegarty’s fatal accident.
The Grand Prix is the largest sporting event in Macao and is considered one of the most dangerous in the world.
“It’s a very different track, where the risk is bigger, we have to ride twice as careful, but the adrenaline pays off. There is not a track as fast as this one in Portugal,” he said.
The expectations of the young man from Vila Pouca de Aguiar are “as always”: to get a team and sponsors, something “difficult” in Portugal.
“If it’s a good year in Portugal, with good training, we can get here with good results.” Now it’s been difficult because of sponsorships, which is always the problems of the Portuguese. pilots, “he lamented.
A three-time champion in Macau, Peter Hickman was delighted to be able to climb one place on the podium.
“Winning here is absolutely brilliant,” rejoiced the rider who finished with the best lap (2.25.005 minutes).
The podium was all occupied by Britons: second, the 795 thousandth of the winner, was veteran Michael Rutter, an eight-time champion of the circuit, while Martin Jessopp was third, 7.434 seconds.
The Macau GP includes three car races – the Formula 3, GT and Touring Car (WTCR) World Cups – as well as the 52nd Macau Grand Prix, as well as the Touring Car Cup of Macao and the Grand Bay Cup.