News 26 Oct 2023

Brookes in for first-ever Macau with FHO Racing

To partner Rutter and Hickman within the team at 2023 event.

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Two-time British Superbike (BSB) champion Josh Brookes will make his long-awaited Macau Grand Prix debut, alongside FHO Racing BMW Motorrad teammates Michael Rutter and Peter Hickman at the 2023 event.

Brookes returned to roads this year and delivered solid showings in the Isle of Man TT races, finishing fifth in the Senior TT. He has also achieved previous success at the North West 200.

“The Macau Grand Prix is going to be interesting, obviously I have a career of road racing with results at the North West and the Isle of Man TT, but Macau is different from those races, it’s more like a short circuit with walls, as opposed to a public road so to speak,” said Brookes.

“The real true road racing event is the Isle of Man TT, and the absolute pinnacle of racing extremes you know what you can achieve from a motorcycle is achieved in short circuits, so having never ridden at Macau before that’s where my head’s at.

“I see it being more like a short circuit, let’s say a smoother more refined ground to ride on but obviously surrounded by walls. It’s a really different mindset to go to the event in, I can’t make too many predictions or have any ideas going forward because I’ve never been to the event, never watched the event or been there before, so I’m pleased to be able to be a part of the Macau Grand Prix.

“It’s Faye’s hometown and it means a lot to her, so I’m honoured that she would be happy to put a bike out for me to race. I’m looking forward to the experience, you know results wise I wouldn’t put any expectations on myself because having never been there before I can’t imagine what it will be like, but I certainly look forward to the challenge.”

Team principal Faye Ho added: “I’m so excited to get back to Macau and especially now with my own team. I grew up watching the races and that’s where my passion for motorsport started. My dream was to always return one day with my own team and after some success sponsoring teams and riders, this year my dream will come true when FHO Racing makes its debut at the Macau Grand Prix.

“We enjoyed fantastic results at the TT Races this year and I think heading to Macau we have a super-strong team with Michael and Peter, who have a wealth of experience and wins between them. For Josh, it’s his first time at the event, so of course there’s no pressure on him, but he’s shown his skill on the roads and I’m excited to see how he gets on.”

The 2023 Macau Grand Prix takes place between Thursday, 16 November and Saturday, 18 November, with this year marking the 55 edition of the event.