9th October, Sepang
- Motor racing fans will
have a rare opportunity of meeting all the
MotoGP riders in a specially arranged
'meet-the-fans' session on Saturday,
October 20 at the circuit in conjunction
with the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle
Grand Prix next weekend.
"The International Racing Teams
Association (IRTA) has confirmed to us
that all the MotoGP riders will be
attending the meet-the-fans session that
day. This is indeed a real treat for the
fans ... meeting them in person all at one
go," said Ismadi Ishak, Project Manager
for the 2007 Polini Malaysian Motorcycle
"As far as I can remember, this is
actually the very first time that we are
getting all the MotoGP riders together at
one time. This is definitely an
opportunity that no MotoGP fan would want
to miss," added Ismadi, who is SIC Sales
To be held at the Welcome Centre, which is
the administrative block for the circuit
situated next the entry of the Main
Grandstand, the riders would be attending
the session in two separate groups with
each group spending about 15 minutes.
The first group between 12 noon to 12.15pm
would feature the seven-time world
champion Valentino Rossi, , Colin Edwards,
Alex Barros, Shinichi Ito, Marco Melandri,
Toni Elias, Randy De Puniet, Anthony West,
Shinya Nakano and Kurtis Roberts.
Newly crowned 2007 champion Casey Stoner
would head the other group for the second
session between 12.15pm and 12.30pm which
would also feature his Marlboro Ducati
teammate Loris Capirossi, Carlos Checa,
Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa. Chris
Vermeulen John Hopkins, Nobuatsu Aoki,
Sylvain Guintoli and Makoto Tamada.
Sepang will host the penultimate round of
the 2007 MotoGP World Championship from
19th to 21st October with the battle for
the 125cc and 250cc world crown still open
for grabs. The season would conclude at
the Valencia Grand Prix on Nov 3.
Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo leads the
250cc class with 262 points against 226
points of Italian Andrea Dovizioso as the
championship battle moves to Phillip
Island for the Australian Grand Prix this
The fight for the 125cc crown is a lot
closer between two riders from the Bancaja
Aspar racing Team - Gabor Talmacsi of
Hungary and Spain's Hector Faubel.
Separated by nine points, Talmacsi leads
the point standings with 229 points.
"A good result for Lorenzo in Australia
will set the stage for Lorenzo to clinch
the 250cc crown at Sepang. For the 125cc
class, I expect the battle to go to the
wire at Valencia. But, then again, you can
always expect the unexpected in motor
racing especially for bikes," said Ismadi.
Whatever happens at Philip Island, Ismadi
said fans can expect all the riders going
all out in Sepang, and that there was no
such thing as the GP riders relaxing with
the championship battle over.
"You can expect all the MotoGP riders to
go all out to win even though Casey Stoner
is already champion. Rossi will definitely
want to win. So do Pedrosa, Hayden,
Capirossi and all the other riders. Fans
can expect a thrilling competition in
Sepang," Ismadi added.
Tickets are priced as low as RM10 and they
can be purchased at the circuit or at
SIC's ticket kiosk at KL Sentral and the
LCCT Terminal in Sepang. Fans can also
purchase their tickets on-line at