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PODIUM SUCCESS FOR RAMSEY BUT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MARTIN
SOLENT SCIENTIFIC RACING AT THE 2007 MACAU GRAND PRIX
Solent Scientific Racing have entered the Macau motorcycle GP for the second consecutive year, fielding riders in both the Superbike and 600 Supersport classes.
Macau, formerly a Portuguese colony but now a Special Administrative Region within the Republic of China, hosts an annual Grand Prix event for many classes of motorsport including the famous Motorcycle GP.
2007 is the 54th annual Grand Prix and the 41st at which motorcycles have competed. During race week the city, on the shore of the South China Sea, is converted to a street race track, the notorious 6.2km long Circuito Da Guia.
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The Solent Scientific Team, which consists of one 1000cc Honda Fireblade Superbike and one 600cc Honda CBR600 Supersport machine, is managed by Guisborough based Shaun Muir Racing (known simply as SMR).
SMR are a hugely experienced racing operation and team principal Shaun Muir commented “the Macau GP is a major international event and, as such, it’s a logical addition to our racing portfolio. We ran the Solent Scientific team in 2006 and we are very pleased to be asked to manage their team again this year”.
Solent Scientific’s rider’s for 2007 are Guy Martin on the 1000cc Superbike and Callum Ramsay on the 600cc Supersport machine.
Guy, 25 from Kirmington in Lincolnshire, is already an established road racer having achieved three podium finishes in the 2007 Isle of Man TT races including 2nd place in the Senior Race.
Former British 250cc champion Callum Ramsay, 32 from Perth in Scotland, has had many years of racing success on roads as well short circuits, having won the NW200 and been a previous Macau GP winner.
Racing activities began on Thursday 15th November with Free Practice at 07.30 and Qualifying 1 at 15.30. Both sessions went very well for Martin and Ramsay and gave the team a confident start to the event.
Qualifying 2, held on Friday at 07.30, was a session of high drama for Solent Scientific. For the first 21 minutes of the 30 minute session Martin was the fastest rider out on track with a best lap time of 2m 28.064s.
However, in the 22nd minute disaster struck on the approach to Police Station Bend, a fast narrow turn on the back section of the circuit. Martin misjudged his breaking point causing him to lose control of his 1000cc Honda Fireblade and crash heavily into the safety barrier.
Martin was taken to the local hospital where it was discovered he had broken his left wrist and the thumb on his right hand. On his release from hospital a few hours later he said “I am devastated, I was leading the session and then just a tiny error of judgement caused me to crash out. I really feel disappointment for the team, all of whom have worked so hard”.
Ramsey, however, continued his strong performance and ended the qualifying sessions as the third fastest in the 600 Supersport class with a lap time of 2m 38.067s.
With Martin’s arm in a plaster cast Ramsey was Solent Scientific’s only entrant for the Grand Prix, which started at 15.20 on Saturday. He rode an excellent race and achieved a podium position with a well deserved 3rd place. At the press conference he said “it was a good race for me and I’m delighted to have got onto the podium. I thank the team for their superb support and I hope this goes some way to make up for the fact that Guy could not race”.
Team manager, Shaun Muir, said: “obviously the team are very disappointed that Guy could not take part in the Superbike race, especially as his lap times were suggesting he could have finished with the leaders. However, Callum’s performance was superb and for the team to achieve a podium place in only it’s second year is a fantastic result”.
Orry Dugdale, MD of Solent Scientific, summed up his feelings: “for Solent Scientific to achieve a podium position in only our second year at this unique closed road race is a true testament to the efforts of Callum Ramsey and the team who support him. It was, of course, a shame that our second rider, Guy Martin, was unable to take part in the Superbike category due to injuries sustained in the qualifying session while trying to improve on his already outstanding qualifying grid position”.
P1 Plater - GBR - Aim Yamaha 37:03.845
P2 McGuinness - GBR - Stobart Honda 37:07.965
P3 Hinterreiter - AUT - Austria Yamaha 37:14.236
P1 Allan - GBR - Aim Yamaha 38:38.911
P2 Penzkofer - GER - Austria Yamaha 38:51.482
P3 Ramsey - GBR - Solent Scientific Honda 39:35.382