Malaysian GP set to sell out as it celebrates silver jubilee

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Shell Malaysia Moto GP 2015 set to sell out as it celebrates silver jubilee.

Shell Malaysia Moto GP 2015 set to sell out as it celebrates silver jubilee.

MotoGP logoAdding to the joy of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, the 25th edition of the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015, which will be held next weekend at Sepang International Circuit (SIC), looks set to be a sell-out affair. With only a week to go before the event, ticket sales have hit more than 80 percent of the target, with 38% more sales compared to last year. All ticket categories are sold out except for seating in the Main Grandstand, where tickets are also going fast. Meanwhile, SIC is targeting to welcome 120,000 visitors to Sepang over the 3-day race weekend.

“We would like to thank all the fans for their support. Response to our ticket promotions has been fantastic. We are looking at a sell-out event, with the 25th edition of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on track to becoming the Malaysian MotoGP with the highest attendance, in line with our aspirations for the Silver Jubilee celebrations this year,” said SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali.

“Visitors can look forward to exciting experiences, with the biggest ever bike festival in Malaysia in the mini MotoGP carnival and unique touches such as the giant Ferris wheel at the circuit for fans to have a bird’s eye view of the action on track. We are also offering a special session where fans can enjoy our ‘Dinner in the Sky’ activity throughout the three days,” he said.

 With only a week to go before the event, ticket sales have hit more than 80 percent of the target, with 38% more sales compared to last year.

With only a week to go before the event, ticket sales have hit more than 80 percent of the target, with 38% more sales compared to last year.

“I urge fans to quickly get their race tickets now so that they are not disappointed, as there are only Main Grandstand and C2 Hillstand tickets remaining. Ticket sales have spiked following the excitement created by the thrilling performances of our home grown heroes in Motegi last weekend, so I foresee the remaining tickets selling quickly too,” added Dato’ Razlan.

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 opens next Friday with the free practice sessions for the main races – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, which is featuring a host of Malaysian riders in the final round of the season.

“As a motorsports fan myself, I have always believed that having local heroes is the key to pulling the crowd. We have a strong representation this year with Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in Moto2, Ramdan Rosli as wildcard Moto2 and Zulfahmi Khairuddin in Moto3. We are expecting many local fans to make their way to Sepang to root for them to do well,” Dato’ Razlan said.

MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, which is featuring a host of Malaysian riders in the final round of the season.

MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 as well as the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, which is featuring a host of Malaysian riders in the final round of the season.

“Of course, the local teams to have a passionate fan base even if the riders are not homegrown. We cannot overlook the Malaysian team JPMoto Racing in Moto2 with Ricard Cardus and our very own DRIVE M7 SIC Racing team, which also includes Jakub Kornfeil. We also have our future stars in the Asia Talent Cup, who have performed commendably and will also bring draw their own loyal supporters to cheer them on,” Dato’ Razlan said, adding that the current battle between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo for the 2015 MotoGP crown has also been a vital pulling factor.

Hosting the penultimate round of the 2015 season, Sepang may witness the new MotoGP champion being decided, depending on Rossi and Lorenzo’s results at the Australian Grand Prix in Phillip Island this weekend. With just three rounds to go including the season finale in Valencia next month, Rossi holds an 18-point advantage over his Yamaha Factory Racing teammate.

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 opens next Friday with the free practice sessions for the main races.

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 opens next Friday with the free practice sessions for the main races.

“As in previous years, entry on Friday is free for all fans. Fans can enter the Main Grandstand and catch all the action. More importantly, they get to enjoy the mini MotoGP carnival,” said Dato’ Razlan.

“It is a tradition which we decided to keep this year, to express our appreciation to the local fans especially those staying in the vicinity of the circuit, and to allow young fans to get a feel of the world class event,” he said.

Apart from the free practice sessions, Friday’s programme will be headlined by the Public Pit Lane Walk, which will be opened for free for ticket holders. Scheduled at 4.45pm, fans can get a closer look at the racing machines and enjoy selfies with some of the riders.

2015 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix - Valentino Rossi VR46 Promo-002

Prior to that, fans can catch some of their racing idols battling each other on MiniGP bikes on Thursday at the Sepang Go-Kart Circuit. The Malaysian riders have confirmed their participation early, while confirmation is pending from some of the international riders.

Apart from the much-awaited qualifying session on Saturday, fans will also be treated to spectacular off-road action from the Malaysian Motocross Series, which will be held at the SIC Motocross Circuit, ahead of hosting a round of the motocross world championship next year.

Saturday’s programme will also be headlined by the hugely popular Riders’ Autograph Session, which will feature all the MotoGP riders. Scheduled for one hour, the session will start at 11.30am.

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have said they would both like to race a new 2015-spec Yamaha YZR-M1 chassis in the final phase of the current campaign. Photo Credit - Motorcyclenews.com

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have said they would both like to race a new 2015-spec Yamaha YZR-M1 chassis in the final phase of the current campaign. Photo Credit – Motorcyclenews.com

On Sunday, all eyes will be on the battle between Rossi and Lorenzo for the world championship, as well as on the performance of the Malaysian heroes and teams in the Moto2 and Moto3 races.

Tickets for the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2015 can be purchased at the circuit and at SIC’s kiosk at Suria KLCC and Nu Sentral. They can also be purchased online at www.sepangcircuit.com or by calling the TICKET HOTLINE at 03-8778 2222.

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