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Malaysian Grand Prix set for multi-year extension

Sepang extension will also see a guaranteed Malaysian presence on the grand prix grid for the next five seasons
Malaysia is set to continue hosting a round of the MotoGP World Championship through to 2015 after a multi-year extension was put into motion by Sepang International Circuit directors and MotoGP rights holders Dorna.

The Sepang circuit, situated just outside the capital city Kuala Lumpur, has been fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 1999, but the current contract comes to an end with this year's event in October.

Nonetheless, SIC board of directors have now accepted a proposal for a five-year extension in a deal which will also see a Malaysian rider get a guaranteed world championship entry for each of those years.

“If we agree to the deal with Dorna, it comes with the understanding that we will have a Malaysian rider competing until 2015,” SIC chief executive officer Razlan Razali told the Malaysian Star.

“Dorna will also help us to develop our home grown Super Series programme. The aim is to develop young talent to participate in future world championships. After all, what is the point of having a Malaysian Motorcycle GP with no promising local talent coming up?”

Although the deal is still subject to ministry approval, the deal is still expected to go ahead as planned.

Malaysia, which has also held events at Shah Alam and Johor over the last 18 years, has not had a full-time grand prix rider since Shahrol Yuzy in 2002, but plans are afoot for his protégé, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, to enter this season's 125cc world championship with a Malaysian-based team.

Zulfahmi and Elly Idzlianizar Ilias participated in last year's Malaysian Grand Prix, with both finishing just outside the points.


Tagged as: Malaysia , Sepang , Dorna , zulfahmi

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markymark1

January 07, 2010 5:54 PM

I have no real thoughts on Malaysia extending their GP contract one way or the other. I'm just so bored now there is no racing going on I'll read anything. Why is the off season so ******* long for MotoGP?

ZeR0 Kun

January 07, 2010 4:19 PM

i agree with that... being a Malaysian myself, i still watch the races despite there is no rider with the same nationality as me for a long time. of course, who wouldn't be proud when someone from their country competing in motogp? but that's not necessarily the case for true fans... as for motogp community itself, it somewhat a must to have Malaysian GP... the riders love the Malaysian weather (especially when it hot, of course!), and since its inclusion it has become a permanent testing fixture for teams, starting way back from the days of Shah Alam Circuit. Dorna makes a natural choice by retaining Malaysia... but the point of "having Malaysian rider" is simply way off the mark



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