Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz gets a feel of the new Honda RCV1000R machine. Behind him are Nicky Hayden (second from right), Hiroshi Aoyama (left) and Drive M7 executive chairman Datuk Ahmad Kemin (right). – Bernama Photo
SEPANG: The Malaysia-back Drive M7 Aspar was officially unveiled in a simple ceremony at the Sepang International Circuit here.
The unveiling of the two new Honda RCV1000R machines was done by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz on Tuesday.
The team’s riders, 2006 MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden and 2009 250cc world champion Hiroshi Aoyama, were also officially introduced to the media.
Drive M7 is an energy drink brand owned by Johor Baru-based Mutiara Motors.
Nazri said the sponsorship showed that Malaysian companies were ready to play a bigger role in the international motorsports arena.
“Millions of viewers watched motorsports and MotoGP races are among the top events especially in Europe.
“Having a team sponsored by a local company such as Mutiara Motors competing in the MotoGP will certainly help us promote the country’s Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign,” he said.