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Though American road racer Brandon Cretu has quite a racing portfolio containing three Isle of Man TT races, he has not been on the road racing scene long.

However, despite the paucity of his road racing resume, the young man was able to pilot his Hel Performance Honda CBR1000RR to speeds faster than 150 miles per hour during a lap at Macau. Cretu is just one of two Americans on the 2012 Macau GP grid.

Road racing differs from track racing taking place on roads that you and I drive upon during normal days. There are few run-off areas, and little-to-know margin for error when a racer goes down.  Since 1910, there have been more than 200 deaths at the Isle of Man TT alone – that’s nearly two per year!  America is not home to many road races, probably for liability reasons.  What do you think – should we have more “real-roads” racing, or is it too dangerous?


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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