Fast, dan­ger­ous and more than a lit­tle strange… Here’s what you need to know about Ma­cau

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The Ma­cau GP track, of­ten called the Guia cir­cuit, is 3.8 miles long. Spec­ta­tors are not al­lowed to watch any­where along its length ex­cept from the grand­stands at the pad­dock and Lis­boa Bend.

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The bike race takes place along­side the Formula 3 car race dur­ing the four-day Ma­cau event. World cham­pi­ons Ayr­ton Senna and Michael Schu­macher were both Ma­cau win­ners.

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John Mac­don­ald is the only man to win Ma­cau on two and four wheels. The Aus­tralian won the bike event once, in 1969, and the car race four times – in 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1975.

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Michael Rut­ter is the most suc­cess­ful Ma­cau bike racer with eight vic­to­ries. The 44-year-old took his first win in 1998 on a Honda RC45, with his lat­est in 2012 on a Honda Fire­blade.

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Ma­cau is one of the few races Joey Dun­lop never won in his 31-year ca­reer. Joey’s brother Robert, who won Ma­cau in ’89, joked that it was the only tro­phy he ever re­ceived that didn’t al­ready have Joey’s name on it.

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IRTA boss Mike Trimby was the driv­ing force be­hind the Ma­cau bike GP for 34 years. He raced Ma­cau him­self in 1978, fin­ish­ing third.

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No wet tyres are taken to Ma­cau. If there is rain the bike race is can­celled.

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Hiroshi Hasegawa’s fastest lap in 1967 was just over 60mph. Stu­art Eas­ton’s cur­rent lap record, set in 2010 on a Kawasaki ZX-10R, is 95.32mph.

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In re­cent years the Ma­cau Grand Prix has been dom­i­nated by Bri­tish rid­ers. Brits have won ev­ery sin­gle bike race there since 1998, and 32 of the last 35 races. In the event’s early years the most suc­cess­ful na­tion was Ja­pan. 10 The Ma­cau GP was ini­tially a sin­gle 30-lap race, be­fore be­com­ing a two­leg af­fair over 15 laps in 1979. In 1995 it was cut to a sin­gle 15-lap race. To­day it’s run over 12 laps.

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