Ballyclare’s Jamie Hamilton will switch to Honda power when the young Ballyclare rider returns to the Macau Grand Prix in November.
Hamilton made his debut at the famous race on the unforgiving Guia street course in Southern China last year on the KMR Kawasaki ZX-10R, but the Irish Supersport and Supertwin champion has secured a CBR1000RR Fireblade for his second visit prepared by former racer Robbie Silvester, who was almost killed in a 140mph crash following a huge spill at Greeba Castle at the Isle of Man TT in 2006.
A quality line-up is headed by record-holder Michael Rutter, who will again ride Robin Croft’s SMT Honda after clinching his eighth victory at Macau in 2012, with 20-time TT winner John McGuinness entered on the Honda Legends Superbike.
Hot prospect Dean Harrison will make his Macau debut on the RC Express Racing MSS Kawasaki, with Gary Johnson (Quattro Plant Honda) and last year’s runner-up, Martin Jessopp (Riders BMW), also among the entries.
Hamilton, who will ride under Yorkshireman Silvester’s VRS Racing banner, told the News Letter: “Robbie was my crew chief this year at the internationals and he went with me last year to Macau for my debut. He was really keen to go back again so he built me a Honda and we’ll be back next month.
“I’m looking forward to riding the bike and hopefully we can have a good run,” Hamilton added. “I slid off in practice last year and the bike wasn’t right in the race, so we ended up finishing in 20th place.
“But I enjoyed myself and we’ve a bit more experience now going back there this year. We’ll go and enjoy ourselves and try and get a solid result.”
Saintfield’s Davy Morgan plus Macau regular Stephen Thompson will make the trek to the Far East to contest the final road race meeting of the year, while Lee Johnston will also return on the East Coast Honda one year on from his debut at the event.