Announced this week, Sepang International Circuit will host MotoGP for three more years, bringing GP racing to Malaysia through 2013. Sepang has hosted MotoGP since 1999, and has become a favorite track for many of the GP riders. The Malaysian GP is an important stop for MotoGP, as it not only services GP fans from Southeast Asia, but also Australian and New Zealand as well. MotoGP has made developing nations and regions an important aspect of its racing calendar, hoping to turn these countries into motorcycle racing havens full of MotoGP fans.
“I’m delighted with the extension of the agreement with Malaysia, a country with such a tradition of passion for MotoGP,” said Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. “The Sepang International Circuit, a favourite for riders, has proven to be a state of the art venue both in terms of sheer spectacle and safety. After the celebration of 20 years of MotoGP in Malaysia this year, it is very good news that we will continue to cooperate with SIC as they have lots of experience organizing international motorsports events.”
“I’m very happy with the extension of this agreement, which reflects the government commitment to further develop motorsports in Malaysia,” added Sepang CEO Razlan Razali. “The government recognizes the huge economic impact brought by the event to the country in terms of tourism-related revenue as well as the progress in the motorsports field thanks to the celebration of a MotoGP event in Malaysia”