Sepang Track To Close Again For Repairs For MotoGP


29th August, Kuala Lumpur -  Opened temporarily since August 18 for the 12-hour Merdeka Millennium Endurance race (MME) and the FIM Asian Grand Prix this weekend, Sepang Circuit will be closed again for further enhancement and finishing works for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October.

"The track will be closed from September until to MotoGP in October for finishing works and to build additional safety requirements as requested by FIM Safey Delegate Claude Danis," says Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Press Officer Azhar Ghazali.

Following the closure, Azhar said, SIC had cancelled Round 4 of the Malaysian Super Series, which is scheduled on September 8 and 9.

"With cancellation of the fourth round, the Malaysian Super Series championships for this year will only run for four rounds instead of five as scheduled originally. The final round for bikes competitions will be held as support races at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Pirx from October 19 to 21.

"The final round for cars will be run as support races at the A1GP Malaysia, which is scheduled from November 23 to 25. We are unable to replace Round 4 as there are no more dates available for track usage this year. The track is fully booked until end of the year," Azhar said.

Among the additional works requested by Danis included leveling of the grass and edges between the track and the grass, construction of kerbs along certain stretches in some of the Turns and smoothing the entry and exits in some of the Turns.

The FIM delegation, who came to the circuit on August 2 to inspect the track, is scheduled to return to Sepang at the end of September for another round of inspection as preparation for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Slotted as the penultimate round of the championship, the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2007 would be held at Sepang Circuit from October 19 to 21 with the concluding round in Valencia two weeks later.

In his inspection on August 2, Danis had ordered for the repairs and the track, which was closed in May for a complete resurfacing exercise, was subsequently closed from August 6 to 17 for the repairs.

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