The number 13 is considered unlucky, but for Scotsman Roger Bennett it might be the number that could change his fortunes at this month's 35th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. Bennett is known as the 'best rider not to have won Macau' but the 39-year-old veteran could finally nail the race that has eluded him as he competes in Macau for the 13th time - with a better racing machine. 'Though 13 is considered unlucky, I'm not that superstitious. I'm riding number eight, which has been very lucky for me at Macau, and I believe eight carries good feng shui,' said Bennett who will ride a factory-built Reve Red Bull Ducati, the same machine that John Reynolds raced to glory at this year's British Superbike Championship. 'I don't mind being labelled as the best rider not to have won Macau. In a way, it's a compliment, but I'd rather be 'the rider who has had the most attempts before he actually won'.' Bennett also likes his chances this time around having finished second in Macau in 1996 and fourth in 1997. If he finally wins in Macau, it will also give him an ideal birthday present as he turns 40 two days before the race on November 17. 'Yes, I'm confident about my chances this time. The Ducati is a proven winning machine and the Reve team won the British Superbike Championship this year. 'I tested it at Oulton Park, a British Championship circuit, last Saturday, and found it really easy to ride - smooth power delivery, plenty of top speed, and very good handling through the turns and over the bumps - ideal for Macau. I am also very fit and injury free at the moment, despite approaching my 40th birthday, along with several other British Superbike riders.' The flying Scotsman said it had been frustrating trying to put together a deal to get a good bike for Macau in previous years. 'I have often been on the first four-stroke or first Superbike home, but since 1997 when I was fourth, I either haven't been able to secure a good bike before the race, or in 1988, Macau was the first race back after serious injury in a British Superbike race.' That injury is etched in Bennett's mind as he recalled the time he raced in Macau with a five-millimetre gap across one of the breaks in his right arm. 'It was held together by a titanium plate which is still there,' he said. Bennett's season has been encouraging and he said he has 'spread his wings' by racing abroad. After winning the Scottish and Regal 600 Championships last year, he also won four of the first five races in Scotland this year. He raced in two 24-hour rounds of the World Endurance Championship, including Spa in Belgium in July, where he led the race until he crashed out with mechanical failure, leaving him badly shaken and with severe abrasions. He also raced at the Bol d'Or at Magny Cours in France where he finished eighth. Bennett has been contracted to test a brand new Sauber Petronas Grand Prix machine, which was launched at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang two weeks ago. 'It was very interesting working with the Sauber-Petronas Formula One engineers in Malaysia and the UK and using my 20 years of race experience to develop the bike from its very first lap on the circuit at Shah Alam,' said Bennett. The field at Macau will be as competitive as ever with current lap record holder and 1999 Macau winner David Jefferies leading the entries. Other contenders include fellow Britons John McGuinness and Ian Lougher plus North Ireland pair Alan Patterson and Adrian Archibald.