rue to their street-circuit dominance, the British have won the Macau Grand Prix 36 times in 51 races. America’s lone winner is 1993 Grand Prix world champion Kevin Schwantz, who won in 1988. When he returned years later to perform parade laps at this course across the water from Hong Kong, he questioned his earlier decision to race. Because, like any street course, the risks are very real and barely off the racing line. The unforgiving nature of 3.8-mile street circuit took its toll this year, with 31-year-old Daniel Hegarty succumbing to injuries sustained in a high-speed crash during the race. There was a podium ceremony, but without music or champagne as Irish racer Glenn Irwin was credited with victory after racing was halted. Any loss hits the community hard, but even in the face of tragedy, there are no mass retirements from this ­peculiar and terrifyingly beautiful niche of road racing.

Glenn Irwin
Fast-qualifier Glenn Irwin on his bright-red Ducati leads the field into the first corner for the 51st Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.Jamey Price
Horst Saiger
Austrian Horst Saiger, 46, waits for a practice session to begin.Jamey Price
Ducati drive-chain
Ducati drive-chain detail, its country of origin given away by the single-sided swingarm.Jamey Price
Peter “Hicky” Hickman
Peter “Hicky” Hickman, winner in 2016–17, roars through the tight, winding streets of Macau, his shoulders and helmet inches from Armco.Jamey Price
Daniel Hegarty
The late Daniel Hegarty speaks with his crew after his morning warm-up.Jamey Price
Michael Rutter
Macau legend Michael Rutter’s focus intensely on the course where he took his first win in 1998 on a Honda RC45.Jamey Price
Ben Wylie’s Bimota
An engineer works on Ben Wylie’s Bimota before practice begins.Jamey Price
Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter takes a peek over his shoulder during practice. A veteran of the track doesn’t wish to give up too many secrets about line unless he has to.Jamey Price
Qualifying at Macau
Riders roar out of pit lane during qualifying.Jamey Price
Glenn Irwin holding the lead
Glenn Irwin holds the lead from Peter Hickman during the opening laps of the race as they approach pit lane. Irwin had mechanical trouble early in the race but managed to hang on to the lead until the race was stopped, though he admitted if the race had gone the distance, his ailing bike wouldn’t have.Jamey Price