A 'legendary world class rider' will compete in the Sepang round of the World Superbike Championship, it has been announced, though the identity remains a secret.

The Malaysia circuit will host its second World Superbike event this year following its inaugural round in 2014, but will look to entice audiences with the inclusion of a special wild-card that it assures is a legend of the sport.

Details are relatively scarce - including the bike as well -, but the aim is to build on the success of promoting local rider Zaqhwan Zaidi, who scored an impressive ninth place finish in his Supersport wild-card outing last season.

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"We are currently working on the finer details of the agreement. We are very excited with this collaboration and we are confident that motorcycling fans would be equally excited when the announcement is made very soon," said SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato' Razlan Razali.

"The legendary rider will be competing in the World Superbike Championship. We had Zaqhwan Zaidi last year competing in the World Supersport Championship. We are continuing with the wildcard programme this year; but with an entirely different approach by sponsoring an international big name," he added.

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Interesting... would love to see Edwards or Schwantz - if Rossi is serious about the 8 hour is could easily be him or Lorenzo... or both?!

Lancsmann: I was talking to Foggy in Blackburn town centre a couple of weeks ago and he hinted of a big announcement in WSB. His wife was not happy and walked off while we were talking.[\blockquote]

Interesting - especially given his Petronas connections.....