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Peter Hickman completes his superb year with masterful Macau win

 

By Roy Harris

Peter Hickman rounded out a tremendous 2018 international road racing season by winning the 52nd Macau Grand Prix on Saturday for the third time, easing to a 0.795sec victory over his Aspire-Ho by Bathams team mate Michael Rutter, with Martin Jessopp over six and a half seconds further back in third.

The scheduled 12-lap race around the 3.825mile street circuit was red flagged on lap nine after Ben Wylie crashed and Phil Crowe could not avoid his fallen Bimota and also crashed. Wylie was transferred to hospital, but not seriously injured while Crowe was unhurt.

Hickman took the lead from record 8-time Macau winner Rutter on lap four, quickly establishing a one second lead that he maintained until the red flag.

Hickman said: "Michael got a great start, but I was happy to follow him for a few laps before making my move. I tried to break him and open a gap, but after half distance he started to reel me in so I got my head down to pull away once more before the red flags came out.

"This has wrapped up a brilliant year with race wins at all the other international road races and the outright lap record at the TT."

Derek Sheils finished in eighth position a second clear of newcomer Davey Todd with John McGuinness, admitting to being a little bit rusty, a steady 10th on his Superbike race return after two-years' injury absence.

Michael Sweeney and newcomer Paul Jordan finished less than half a second apart in 13th and 14th positions.

Jordan commented:For my first time I have to be pleased with the result. I got boxed in on the first lap, which opened a gap to the group in front. I had a good tussle with Michael (Sweeney) and enjoyed the race. not doing anything silly."

At Kirkistown on Saturday during the second round of the Winter Supermoto series, Keith Farmer was in devastating form, racing to a hat trick of championship wins in the SM1 class, with British champion Richard Blakeman following the Clogher rider home in all three races.

Farmer's brother David finished third in the opening two races and fourth in race three behind English visitor Jamie Duncan who took the final podium position in race three.

Justin Reid was equally dominant in the Quad races with a comfortable treble and overall victory over Diane Hillis, who scored two seconds and a third.

The Pit Bike races saw a decimated field due to a clash of dates with round two of the MMRCI Ice Challenge at Aghadowey.

Kia McGreevy won the first two races with his older brother Korie winning the third at Kirkistown after being penalised a lap in race two dropping him from second position to fourth.

Scott Browne, Kia McGreevy and John Reid won the three Solo Production and Pit Bike races.

- Andrea Dovizioso won the final MotoGP race of the season as he took victory at the re-started Valencia round despite heavy rain in Spain where, at just 15-years and 115 days old, Turkish rider Can Oncu made history on his GP debut by winning the Moto3 race.

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