MotoGP will continue to visit the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for at least the next five years.

The new contract extension was formally announced on Saturday at this year's event, for which race day ticket sales are already sold out.

The circuit has been resurfaced for this season, and new paddock buildings constructed.

"It's not very difficult to convince the Malaysian government to support the Malaysian Grand Prix because we achieve record breaking crowds every year," said Razlan Razali, CEO of the Sepang International Circuit, which also has its own Moto3 team.

"MotoGP is no longer just a spectacle for Malaysians, it is now a platform for young Malaysian talent to compete in the world championship and on home ground."

The Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix was first held in 1991, switching to Sepang in 1999, where it has remained ever since. It is currently the only MotoGP event in South East Asia.

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta stated: "We have been here since 1999 and it has been a long road together. We're extremely proud of the Malaysian GP, the increasing spectator numbers and the incredible spectacle. We are proud to renew for at least these five years."

Sepang has been the only circuit in the world to host MotoGP, F1 and World Superbike for the past three seasons. However WorldSBK will not return next year, while the future of F1 is also in doubt beyond its current contract due to flagging interest.

By Peter McLaren

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