Fans Can Meet All MotoGP Stars At Sepang


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 Grand Prix.

"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 Manager.

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 weekend.

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

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