Corona Extra Honda and Mark Miller Take Sixth Macau GP Internationalposted Dec 3, 2007
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Macau, Special Autonomous Region, China
November 18, 2007
Corona Extra Honda Racing and rider Mark Miller finished sixth at the 41st running of the world famous Macau GP held on the streets of the old Portuguese colony of Macau across the bay from Hong Kong.
The Team and rider, participating at the invitation of the organizers who arranged shipping of the Honda CBR1000RR Superbike as raced this year by James Ellison, quickly got up to speed in this true "Road Racing" event! In the first practice session Miller finished 7th out a field of 35 entries which included many international stars. The race is run over city streets so practice time is short as the populace needs to use the road! This means setup and any small issues can be problematical. This being the first time on the bike at the track for Mark the crew scrambled to get it spot on.
In the final qualifying session Mark slipped to 13th. A fueling problem, arising from the requirement to use unleaded gas in place of the leaded race gas used in AMA SuperBike, had appeared which took time to sort out. Mark said; "The fuel delivery system has been acting up, there's a lull almost to quitting at the bottom, then BANG! it comes on full tilt. All else is really good. The bike is handling great and the brakes and tires are perfect. I hit a couple walls hard so got some souvenir scuffs on the new Joe Rocket leathers!" (The track is lined with Armco barriers and walls in places!)
Marks review of the race; "I did a few practice starts after qualifying and got good feel for what the clutch likes to do on a launch. When the red lights went out I bogged the motor down a bit trying not to rev it over 10K, then must have been about 20th into the first bend, not far from our third row grid. After stretching our legs on the first big straight (bikes can reach 200 MPH) I was probably up to 15th into the first hard braking "Lisboa" ninety degree right hander. After what was a terribly fun and aggressive tight first lap with loads of close passes between the steel Armco, I got up to 12th at the first pass over the start/finish line transponder. Over the next laps I was able to steadily make up additional if not more difficult passes on the bikes ahead, eventually getting to 8th place and in pursuit of Cummings from the Isle of Man. I just couldn't get him". At the checkered flag Mark was in sixth place, a terrific finish for the Team in a race viewed by over 100,000,000 in Asia and the World.
After the race Mark commented; "My lap times improved every time around the circuit, setting my fastest lap of our weekend on the final lap. I felt better with every minute aboard the Corona Honda, feeling out carefully the ever-improving technologically advanced Dunlop slicks, the massively powerful CBR1000 engine, the terrific Ohlin's suspension, and the World Superbike spec Brembo brakes. My crew of Dwayne and Walker were terrific and got the bike just perfect for me! This was my first race on this bike, and I was impressed. I believe with a bit more seat time we'd be fighting for the win!"
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