Sepang Circuit Gets
Ready For Battle Of The Year MotoGP
MotoGP 2008 Sepang winner.
MotoGP has grown to be the world’s premier
which brings top motorcycle driver likes
Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo,
Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden. Photo MotoGP 2008 by
September, Sepang – Coming to October, motorsports fans will be treated to the world’s
biggest motorcycle race, and perhaps, the most
exciting motor racing event worldwide right here
at the Sepang International Circuit – the 2009
Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
What started out in 1949, MotoGP has grown to be
the world’s premier motorcycle race which brings
top motorcycle manufacturers such as Ducati,
Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Aprilia and KTM
together fused with the likes of Valentino
Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, just to name
“You can’t get any bigger than this in terms of
two wheels racing, and this is the only such
race organised in South East Asia,” said Sepang
International Circuit CEO, Razlan Razali.
Malaysia has played host to MotoGP for 19 years,
a pact which started in 1991. This year Sepang
International Circuit will be the penultimate
round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship for
2009; and on this 16th round Malaysia will be
the circuit that will have all the elements to
the climax of the season. This year the race is
sponsored by leading motorcycle oil brand and
Ducati Team technical partner, Shell Advance.
Tanmay Jaswal, Global Marketing Manager for
Shell Advance commented, “The Malaysian MotoGP
is an exciting annual event for the whole of
Asia, and one that Shell Advance is very proud
to support. Shell already enjoys a successful
technical partnership with Ducati Corse in
MotoGP, a close relationship which provides
Ducati with cutting edge lubricants and fuels,
and allows our technicians to continuously
transfer learnings from the racetrack to the
road. This title sponsorship provides us with an
ideal platform to strengthen our existing MotoGP
presence as we seek to communicate with MotoGP
fans and our customers in markets across Asia.”
Recently Valentino Rossi rode away with a 30
point advantage in the San Marino race, just two
rounds to go before the race reaches Sepang. The
point standing leader and reigning World
Champion Valentino Rossi was delighted with the
win as a response to a DNF in the previous round
at the Indianapolis race the week before.
Sepang awaiting Rossi.
Valentino Rossi stay ahead in MotoGP with a 30
in the San Marino race, two rounds to go
before the race reaches Sepang.
Photo MotoGP 2008 by
“I am so happy because this victory is more
important than normal, coming after a bad
mistake in Indianapolis and especially because
my team and I did a great job, from Friday
afternoon. It was a perfect weekend, we were
always very fast in all the practices and we are
always proud of all the fans here in Misano.
Thanks to them for all their support.”
The two other upcoming races will be in Portugal
and Australia which was won by Jorge Lorenzo
(currently second in the championship) and Casey
Stoner (currently fourth in the championship)
respectively in the last season.
But with Valentino Rossi in awesome form, Sepang
Circuit could the stage to crown him as the 2009
world champion so racing fans should not miss
this opportunity to watch the world class two
wheels motorsports battle at the Sepang
International Circuit live!
“The championship is still wide open and you’ll
be able to catch some of the best of the best
battles in Sepang,” Razlan said.
Apart from the world famous riders, Malaysians
are urged to come and cheer Malaysia’s very own
rider in the 125cc class.
One rider, the best of the best, will be chosen
from a pool of 16 riders in the Malaysian
Wildcard program to race with seasoned riders in
“Although the other riders have almost the whole
season behind them, our Wildcard rider have the
advantage of racing on homeground and inline
with 1 Malaysia we all should support him on
The Wildcard is a collaboration of a few parties
including Sepang International Circuit (SIC) and
its partners in motorsports – Motorsports
Association of Malaysia (MAM), Automobile
Association Malaysia (AAM), Two Wheels Motor
Racing (TWMR), Moto Millia and Hong Leong
Currently the committee have shortlisted the
list down to four hopeful riders, Elly
Idzlianizar Ilias, Md. Iskandar Raduan, Mohd.
Farid Ahmad and Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin.
Apart from the race itself, fans will have a
chance to get close and personal with the riders
and teams in the various off track programs such
as autograph signing sessions with the riders
and pit walkabout program.
Various exclusive passes and giveaways will be
available to lucky ticket holders from special
guided garage tours, taxi rides in a MotoGP
official safety car on the race track, seats to
race side by side with MotoGP riders in a
special gokart race and starting grid passes, a
first in the Malaysian MotoGP history.
“Local fans should grab this very exclusive
once-in-a-lifetime chance to get the passes and
tours as this is the only venue you can have
such an opportunity being also the most
affordable race on the MotoGP calendar.”
On top of that, MotoGP fans can expect SIC to be
buzzing on the race weekend with
once-in-a-lifetime experience programs planned
such as concerts by famous Asian artists,
children events, food fiesta, bike stunt
competition and many more.
Bike fans all over the world are in for an extra
treat as Sepang International Circuit is
planning to host the Sepang Bike Week on that
weekend, where bikers can organize their own
barbeque camp and party at the same time.
For latest news, log on to
www.sepangcircuit.com for more info.
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