Motorsport

Published: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 8:12:00 PM
Updated: Friday December 27, 2013 MYT 8:19:32 PM

Superbike championship is coming to town

2013 World Superbike Championship champion Tom Sykes of Britain. - Filepic

2013 World Superbike Championship champion Tom Sykes of Britain. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: With the increased interest in motorcycle racing in the country, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is set to be the venue for another major event in June next year.

According to the 2014 provisional calendar for the World Superbike Championship (WSBK), SIC will play host for the sixth round of the championship on June 8, subject to contract agreement.

And SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali has confirmed that they are in the midst of submitting the proposal to their major stakeholders, the Ministry of Finance.

“Motorcycling enjoyed a big success this year with an unprecedented six Malaysians taking part in the Malaysian Grand Prix in Moto2 and Moto3.

“We have received the recommendations and agreement from our board of directors and will be submitting our proposal to the ministry,” said Razlan.

While Sepang could conveniently be the next stop after the season opener in Australia on Feb 23 in the WSBK calendar, the scheduled MotoGP winter testing at SIC in February (4-6 and 26-28) means the WSBK race at SIC will remain as a standalone event.

The WSBK consist of 14 rounds. The championship, which runs modified versions of road bike models available to the public, saw Englishman Tom Sykes grabbing the title this year.

Other notable names in the championship include former MotoGP riders Carlos Checa and Toni Elias of Spain.

Meanwhile, Razlan is expecting another sellout event for the Malaysian MotoGP on Oct 26-28 next year.

A total of four full-season local riders will be on the grid – Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah and Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman in Moto2; Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Amirul Hafiq Azmi in the Moto3.

“Our promotions for the MotoGP will be starting early with tickets on sale during the winter tests in February.

“I would strongly suggest fans to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment as what happened this year when all tickets were sold out early,” added Razlan.

This year 84,250 fans attended during race day with the organisers printing extra hill stand tickets.

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