DOB: February 26, 1974
POB: Harmalle, Belgium
Marital Status: Married
The most important thing is to finish the race: Fisette
First time in Macau after coming in from achieving 1st position in the Belgian Endurance Championship. Fissette says, it feels good to be in Macau.
In today's free practice he achieved 22nd place and in the qualifying he achieved 21st place.
His manager since the year 2004, Kupper Mario, says that he is a good guy who has become better over the years and hopes that he achieves a position within the first ten places in the race this year .
“I have been riding for the past eighteen years in Belgium,Spain,Qatar and England,”he said.
His most favourite circuit is the SPA Francorchamps in Belgium because it is a very beautiful. Over time,he has learnt that its important to finish the race.
“I love racing and the whole concept of competing”he said.
Some of Fissette's sponsors are,The Macau Institute of Sport, Coca Cola,IGT Asia and Becks Beer. Back in Belgium and Ireland he is very popular and people see him as a good racer which is why he is in Macau today!
DOB: September 28, 1977
POB: Melbourne, Australia
Marital Status: Single
Have a go, says Cameron Donald
“This is my seventh time in Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix,” he said.
He knows the circuit well as it has not really changed over the years. “It has a bit of everything, a mixture of fast and slow twists,” he said. Today was the first practice race and he scored 4th position.
“My biggest threat is Michael Rutter,”he said.
In a span of six years,Donald has had five podium finishes. “Whilst I missed out on the podium last year, I hope to change that this year and get back on the podium,” he said.
His motivation stems from his passion for racing from which he says that if you can also make a living out of it then you are living the dream. The sponsors for his race are Suzuki and Relentless Energy Drink.
My biggest benefit is that I am fitter than most racers,” Donald said.
When asked about his advice to young racers, he says that its important to get out there and have a go.
Next year he hopes to participate in the British Championships, The Isle of Mann TT, North West 200 and The Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.
“The Isle of Mann TT is my favourite circuit because it is the longest street race in the world and hence it is very satisfying to race there,” he said.
DOB: 24 September 1968
POB: Welwyn, England
Marital Status: Married
Marsh is living the dream
“The Guia Circuit has not changed over the years except for the surrounding buildings and the road surface. The vibes are still the same with young guys coming out to make a name for themselves . I sometimes wonder whether the organisers even know whether the track is really the best in the world. It is really a journey. I have been involved in the Grand Prix since the 1990's and this place holds so much importance to me. I live the dream of being a racing hero. Last week, I was in Bahrain and now I am in Macau. The Macau Grand Prix is a unique sporting event and this is the 55th year,” he said.
“I have been a motor racing person all my life and my father was in the races as well. I love representing Hong Kong and I am very proud to be an immigrant who has lived in Hong Kong since the 1990's.
He started off as a TV commentator and moved on to being a racer. I feel that whatever I think becomes reality,” he said.
“I am very superstitious too”, he said. His wife Jessie gave him a jade pendant on a necklace to protect him whilst he is in the car. In May 2008, he actually achieved 18th position among 230 racers which was a brilliant experience and feels it may have something to do with this jade necklace. This year his car is number 88 and garage is number 16 which are lucky numbers for Chinese people.
He has also been involved with the kids at Fountain of Hope. “Most of the young children these days who come up to me say I want to be a Grand Prix Racer,” he said. His advice to young racers would be to be realistic because it is really about the passion behind driving. “It is all about putting your heart and soul into what you are doing.”