Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has officially launched the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 (Malaysia MotoGP), which will happen at Sepang from 28 to 30 October. The penultimate race of the 18-leg 2016 MotoGP World Championship is also the 26th edition of the Malaysia MotoGP.
The event launch at Nu Sentral (venue sponsor for the launch) was officiated by YBhg Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, accompanied by YBhg Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC and Shairan Huzani Husain, Shell Malaysia’s Local Senior Downstream Representative.
“Following a record-breaking sellout event last year – with over 150,000 spectators attending the three-day race weekend, we are again looking forward to another high turnout this year. The excitement and anticipation generated by the promising performance of our Malaysian riders in Moto3 and Moto2 as well as the fierce rivalry between the riders in the premier class has been a boon for us. We’re anticipating a surge in local fan interest and well as a healthy percentage of international fans attending the race. A mutual passion for motorsports makes brothers from strangers, thus inspiring our theme for this year – semangat brotherhood. Certainly, this event would not have achieved its level of success without the passionate support of fans, so come over in your numbers and make your voices heard,” said Dato’ Razlan.
“With the Malaysia MotoGP being the penultimate round of the championship, stars such as Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will be the centre of attention, not to mention the Ducati riders who may spring more surprises. This will certainly boost international exposure for the race. We’re also hoping that the home circuit advantage will help our boys onto the podium. I’m sure we’re all aware of the exploits of Khairul Idham Pawi, the two-time champion in Moto3 in Argentina and Germany this year, our very own DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team in Moto3 with Adam Norrodin and Jakub Kornfeil and also Hafizh Syahrin in Moto2. We’re hoping for a good race from all of them, not forgetting Ahmad Idham Khairuddin and Izam Ikmal in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup support race. I urge all Malaysians to make your way to Sepang during race weekend to cheer on our boys in the spirit of patriotism and brotherhood,” he added.
Dato’ Razlan said the Malaysian talent development pipeline has seen promising results with the rise of riders such as Khairul Idham Pawi, Hafizh Syahrin and the formation of the SIC Racing Team, but there was still much work to be done to one day have Malaysian champions riding in the MotoGP class. He also thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their unflagging support for talent development in motorsports.
The MotoGP weekend will be filled with programs such as the Riders’ Autograph Session, Bike Stunt Show, Safety Car Ride, Public Pit Lane Walk and the Mega MotoGP Carnival. New to the program line-up are a riders’ cycling activity, sports match between the top MotoGP riders against Malaysia’s top athletes, Riders’ Fan Forum, a special Watch the Race from the Sky activity, and a two-day Rockaway Malaysia MotoGP Weekend concert featuring bands like Scorpions, Wings and Wolfmother.
Tickets for choice seats are selling out fast (F Grandstand and Club Suite passes are already sold out). Still available are tickets ranging from RM 318 for a Premier Roving pass to RM 42.40 for a C2 Covered Hillstand ticket. Tickets for the Main Grandstand and K1 Grandstand are priced at RM 212 and RM 116.60 respectively.
You can also support your favorite rider with fellow fans at the special tribune areas. Tickets for the Marc Marquez Tribune and VR46 Tribune are selling for RM 265 and RM 169.60 respectively, while tickets for SIC’s very own DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Tribune are selling for RM 74.20.
For fans preferring more luxurious settings, there are MotoGP VIP Village passes available. This year, fans can also have the option of purchasing F&B as well as transportation packages together with their race tickets. For those wanting to secure a parking spot in their preferred parking zone, parking tickets are currently available for purchase online at a reduced price, starting from only RM 10. There is also a 50% discount for disabled* spectators at accessible seating zones.
Leading up to race week, SIC will be organising fun activities including live viewing sessions of MotoGP races complete with contests and prize giveaways. This will be held at The Podium by Daun in Sri Hartamas.
The Grand Prix launch also saw the introduction of Shell Advance motorcycle engine oil Limited Edition packs.
To find out more about ticket prices and activities lined up for 2016, visit Sepang International Circuit’s website at www.sepangcircuit.com. Follow SIC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sepanginternationalcircuit to get the latest updates.
* To purchase disabled tickets, fans will need to show their disabled person (OKU) card to get the discount.