Thursday, November 10

Derek Sheils plans Macau GP debut aboard Burrows Engineering\Cookstown meats GSXR1000

Derek Sheils jetted off to the Asian Road Racing capital this week to enter his maiden Macau GP on the Burrows Engineering\Cookstown meats GSXR1000 and we caught up with him for a quick chat before the 63rd running of the event.

ISBK racing: Half way round the world to compete in your 1st Macau GP Derek, you’ll need a good package and some top support to fulfill this fixture!

DS82: For sure, yes it’s going to be a huge effort but I’ve got great lads travelling with me. We’ll be gone for 2 weeks but I couldn’t ask for better help with John Burrows, Matty Dickson and Simon Otterson joining me on the trip.

ISBK racing: A fast and flowing street track Derek that will take some learning.

DS82: That’s right! I'm looking forward to getting my first run around the track, as a newcomer I would say there is a lot to digest with the place so it is hard to know what to expect.

ISBK racing: How will you get up to “speed” so to speak with Macau then?

DS82: The track like any other road circuit demands respect, so for me it will just be a case of riding with respect for the track and try and build my pace with every run out and just see how the race pans out from there.

ISBK racing: Sounds good. We wish you all the very best out there Derek!

DS82: Cheers! And thanks to my sponsors BE/Cookstown meats racing, the Roadhouse Bar (Macau), Buddy Auto electronics, Shirlaws Motorcycles, Moto 4u, Modern Tyres, Road Racing Ireland, Dunlop Tyres, Crank Racing, Bandon Kitchens and Jordan’s Bar.

Words: Andy Quinn
Images: Ryan Fegan\Sam Wilson

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