Sepang Circuit Safe For MotoGP Race SIC

Despite no longer hosting the F1 races in the near future, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is not losing its appeal to motorsport fans.

The Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang this year has been awarded with the best Grand Prix of 2017, the second time the circuit is coveted with such an achievement after 2012.

The award is granted by the Grand Prix Commission, which is comprised of Dorna, International Motorcycling Federation (FIM), Motorsycle Sport Manufactures Association (MSMA) and International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA), reports.

In granting the award, factors such as organisation, facilities and atmosphere are taken into consideration by the judges.

SIC CEO Dato’ Razlan Razali was honoured to receive the award for a second time, which proves Malaysia’s competence in hosting a major international motorsport event.

“There are 18 circuits and promoters this season, and we have been selected. It is great news for Malaysia especially the fans, and of course lifted the spirits of all SIC staff.

“This shows the dedication of our team, our competency and our ability to organise an international event that is recognised by international bodies such as FIM and Dorna," he told Astro Awani.

This year’s Sepang MotoGP was definitely a much more successful event than last year’s, with 166,486 fans attending the event on 27-29 October compared to just 161,533 fans previously. It was also the highest number of turnout for the event in Sepang since it was hosted in 1999.

This year’s edition was won by Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo in a one-two finish, and also featured other world-class riders such as Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci.

The award is a crucial one for SIC, especially to make up for the absence of F1 in the next few years. The Malaysian MotoGP is scheduled to run until at least 2021.

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