Risk vs. re­ward: street rac­ing in a for­mer Por­tuguese colony

Cycle World - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy by JAMEY PRICE

TTrue to their street-cir­cuit dom­i­nance, the Bri­tish have won the Macau Grand Prix 36 times in 51 races. Amer­ica’s lone win­ner is 1993 Grand Prix world cham­pion Kevin Sch­wantz, who won in 1988. When he re­turned years later to per­form pa­rade laps at this course across the water from Hong Kong, he ques­tioned his ear­lier de­ci­sion to race.

Be­cause, like any street course, the risks are very real and barely off the rac­ing line. The un­for­giv­ing na­ture of 3.8-mile street cir­cuit took its toll this year, with 31-year-old Daniel He­garty suc­cumb­ing to in­juries sus­tained in a high-speed crash dur­ing the race. There was a podium cer­e­mony, but without mu­sic or cham­pagne as Ir­ish racer Glenn Ir­win was cred­ited with vic­tory af­ter rac­ing was halted.

Any loss hits the com­mu­nity hard, but even in the face of tragedy, there are no mass re­tire­ments from this pe­cu­liar and ter­ri­fy­ingly beau­ti­ful niche of road rac­ing.

Dean Har­ri­son blasts his unseen Kawasaki be­tween the bar­ri­ers dur­ing free prac­tice.

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