Hamilton looking forward to Macau GP

Ballyclare trio Gary McClelland, Jamie Hamilton and Gary Devos. INLT 41-910-CON
Ballyclare trio Gary McClelland, Jamie Hamilton and Gary Devos. INLT 41-910-CON

Ballyclare rider Jamie Hamilton will ride a Honda for the first time at the 2013 Macau Grand Prix, which will take place next month.

Jamie will ride the Team VRF Honda owned by Robbie Sylvester, a motorcycle engineering lecturer in England, in what will be his second visit to the 3.8-mile armco lined street circuit.

“I had a crash at last year’s event and it was a last-minute thing getting the entry through and organising help to travel with me to the races.

“I know how valuable people’s time is and I am very grateful to Paul Devos and Gary McClelland, from Ballyclare, for agreeing to come along and share the workload,” explained Jamie.

Sylvester, the bike owner, will also be at the local rider’s side in Macau just as he has been at all the international races throughout the season, when Jamie rode the KMR Kawasakis.

Sylvester himself is an ex-racer. He was with Jamie at last year’s Macau GP as his chief technician and returns this time as team owner and technician.

“Robbie helped me last year and we got on like a house on fire so it is a great opportunity for both of us this time around to see how things go on the Honda. I will not have even sat on the Honda before the meeting so it will be a great challenge to get the bike set up in the short time we have at the race. I can’t wait.

“This season I have achieved what I wanted on the roads, so although this will be a big challenge, I have nothing to prove and will go out and enjoy the race. If the results come that will be the icing on the cake. Again, I want to thank Robbie, Paul, Gary and Bike bits NI for all their help in this project.”