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Northern Ireland’s Phillip McCallen Cruises to Uncontested Victory

November 16, 1996

MACAU (AP) _ Northern Ireland’s Phillip McCallen cruised to an easy victory Saturday, almost uncontested in the final five laps of the Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Looking for his first win in eight tries in this Portugese colony, McCallen, on a Yamaha 500, took the lead for good in the second lap and started to pull away in the 10th.

Last year, he was edged out by Briton Mike Edwards in the closing seconds of one of the most thrilling Macau Motorcycle Grands Prix in memory.

The long-awaited rematch between the two turned in McCallen’s favor when Edwards, on pole position, failed to make a turn on the first bend and slid out of the course track.

Edwards, not willing to relinquish his title, battled back to the fifth position in the sixth lap when he made another mistake and headed into the barracks at a bend near the Moorish Hill.

McCallen completed 15 laps of the 3.8-mile Guia street circuit in 38 minutes, 58.369 seconds, averaging 87.77 miles per hour.

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