After much uncertainty and the loss of organiser Mike Trimby, it has been announced the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix will run in 2012 after all.
Trimby, who has been the mainstay of the event and brought in star riders from all over the globe for nearly 35 years, stepped down as its head during the 2011 festival but gave no clear indication as to who would take over from him.
Who exactly is going to be the new Trimby, who will still carry out his role as the head of MotoGP’s International Race Teams Association, still isn’t clear but it is believed race organisation will be taken in-house. The essentially car-based festival of speed kicks off again on November 15.
Whether the new organisers will be able to pull in the likes of John McGuinness, Michael Rutter, Stuart Easton and Ian Hutchinson without the influence of Trimby remains to be seen…
"It has a long and fascinating history. Recognised as one of the world’s most challenging two-wheel road races, each year it attracts an entry of elite riders from Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. This year, the entry system will be enhanced with the aim of creating an even more competitive race," said a Macau government spokesman.