MGM has been supporting major sports events over the years and since 2008, it has left an indelible mark on the annual Macau Grand Prix. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Macau SAR and in the 66th Macau Grand Prix, MGM is venturing into Formula 3, celebrating Sophia Floersh’s return to the Guia Circuit. In the realm of motorcycle racing, MGM is sponsoring the MGM by Bathams Team’s Michael Rutter and Peter Hickman, as well as Penz 13 Racing Ream Team’s Davey Todd, Erno Kostano and Dan Kruger.
In addition to the sponsorship, MGM also invites a group of athletes with intellectual disabilities to meet with bikers and go into the paddock. Students are given the opportunity to work on designs for helmets, leathers and bikes, which will be seen on the track at the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix this year.
Celebrating the Prompt Return of Sophia Floersh
On November 18, 2018, the worst accident in motorsport happened to Sophia Floersch. While racing for P10, she involuntary clashed in the famous Lisboa corner and flew backwards into a photographer building with over 276 km/h. Sophia was able to be saved from paraplegia in a 13 hour spinal surgery. In March 2019, just 100 days after her accident, Sophia was back in a Formula Three car. In this year’s Grand Prix, she is going to take part in the FIA Formula Three World Cup with the support of MGM, taking a step closer to her goal of being the world champion of Formula One.
Mr. Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “I believe the whole Macau is glad to see the speedy recovery and the return of Sophia to the Guia Circuit. At such young age, Sophia demonstrated her perseverance and her strong desire to be the first female Formula One world champion. MGM is keen to support high-potential young talents to shine and in pursuit of their dreams, and Sophia gives us the best reason to venture into Formula Three for the very first time. We are honored to be the title sponsor for Sophia and welcome her back to Macau for new heights in her racing career.”
Award Winning MGM by Bathams
Since 2008, MGM has been sponsoring world-renowned bikers in the motorcycle race. This year, the MGM by Bathams Team will feature last year’s champion Peter Hickman and first-runner up, Michael Rutter for his 25th year in the Guia Circuit and 30 years of motorbike racing.
Michael Rutter said, “The Macau Grand Prix has been such a big part of my career. I will be taking my Honda RCV along to try and beat my temporary team mate Peter Hickman again this year. I'd like to say a big thank you to MGM for joining us, and for making it possible to approach the event with such a strong line up of riders and machinery.”
Bikes of Penz 13 Racing Team Designed with Social Inclusion
For the sixth consecutive year, MGM has invited athletes with intellectual disabilities to have a memorable encounter with the Grand Prix Motorcycle Team sponsored by MGM. This community program consists of an art workshop, meet-and-greet with the motorcycle racers as well as watching the races from the grandstand and paddock. The activity successfully weaves a closer connection between the athletes and this international sports event, promoting awareness of diversity and social inclusion.
As MGM is sponsoring Penz 13 Racing Ream Team featuring Davey Todd, Erno Kostano and Dan Kruger, the bikes decorated with the colorful design of the athletes from the art workshop will be ridden by the three riders along with their leathers.
Encounter with Community
On November 11, world-renowned Grand Prix motorcycle racers Michael Rutter, Peter Hickman, Davey Todd, Erno Kostano and Dan Kruger together with Grant Bowie, greeted the athletes from both the Association of the Parents of the People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Macau IC2 Association at Tap Seac Square, where the 66th Macau Grand Prix Opening Ceremony and Racing Car Show was held. The athletes were excited to meet the legendary riders, getting their autographs, taking photos and enjoying an up-close and personal encounter with them. They will be meeting the riders again and watching the race during the Grand Prix as well.
In addition, MGM has organized a Welcome Reception for all MGM Sponsored Teams of the 66th Macau Grand Prix at Grill 58, MGM COTAI on November 14. The reception carries out as a pre-celebration of victory for the Teams, as well as a great occasion to have the stellar lineup introduced to the Macau public.
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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