For the 52nd time, the world’s bravest road racers took to the streets of China’s 3.8-mile “Guia Circuit” November 17 for the 2018 Macau Grand Prix.After securing pole on the Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S 1000 RR, Peter Hickman dominated the race, claiming his third Macau GP victory – his others arriving in 2015 and 2016 also aboard S 1000 RR superbikes.
Hickman chased early leader and Bathams teammate Michael Rutter aboard the Honda RC213V-S.The Lincolnshire rider Hickman made tge pass on lap three, and was untouchable for the remainder of the race, which was shortened from 15 to 12 laps due to a red flag. The race was red flagged due to a crash involving Phil Crowe and Ben Wylie; both riders were unharmed, though Wylie was transferred to the hospital for checkups.Joining Hickhman on the podium of the 2018 Macau Grand Prix were two Great Britain compatriots: Rutter and Martin Jessopp (Ducati Panigale R).This was a perfect international road-racing season for Hickman, who also won the Superstock and Senior TT races during the 2018 Isle of Man TT this past June. He also claimed wins and podiums at the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix, and entered the British Superbike Championship (BSB) Showdown as one of the top-six riders over the course of the season.“It’s fantastic for me and the team, and to give our sponsors Aspire-Ho a win here is absolutely brilliant,” Hickman says. “Michael (Rutter) made a much better start than me, which is usual. He’s always good off the line. I was quite happy just to sit there following him. Once I was in the lead I tried to get away a bit.“Then I heard Martin (Jessopp) coming closer and after the third lap I got my head down a little bit to see if I can have a little bit of a gap and if I could manage it. This is basically what I did. I managed to win every international road race this year, so that’s pretty spectacular. And I was in the BSB Showdown as well – so it’s been a really good year.”
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!