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Ian Hutchinson may have to sit out Macau Grand Prix after mix-up

By Paul Lindsay

Ian Hutchinson's planned return to action at November's Macau Grand Prix with Milwaukee Yamaha could be put on hold, after his team boss Shaun Muir was frustratingly told his team were only on the event's reserve list.

The Milwaukee Yamaha chief apparently missed the entry deadline by just 24 hours and will have to wait and see if Hutchy can join the likes of SMT Honda – who will be running Michael Rutter – and John McGuinness' Honda TT Legends team on the grid.

Hutchinson (pictured) was a five-time clean-sweep winner at the 2010 Isle of Man TT races, but was involved in a horrific accident just three months later at Silverstone and has spent the last three seasons fighting to save his injured leg.

Now back to full fitness, he has been named as the team's number one road racer for 2014, but it is as yet unknown who his team-mate will be.

Manxman Conor Cummins, the 2013 employee, is still in the running, but Ballymoney's William Dunlop seems to have ruled himself out – preferring to ride for Randalstown businessman Chris Dowd on a mixed bag of machinery.

The Macau event is again somewhat low key, with the likes of high profile stars Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Guy Martin missing from the entry list.

However, Northern Ireland will still field four riders in the event with Stephen Thompson, Davy Morgan, Lee Johnston and KMR Kawasaki's Jamie Hamilton all taking part.

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