PETALING JAYA: This year’s Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) from Nov 2-4 is set to be a sell-out affair with Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah being the star attraction in MotoGP.
Hafizh will start his maiden season in the premier class with the first round scheduled at Losail International Circuit in Qatar on March 18 and he is not the only Malaysian in the world championship.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin took over the slot vacated by Hafizh in Moto2 to race alongside Khairul Idham Pawi, who is riding for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia.
Adam Norrodin will continue to fly the flag for Malaysia in Moto3.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali is confident ticket sales will be better than last year.
A total of 166,386 spectators attended the three-day event last year.
“We had 97,457 spectators on race day alone (Sunday), an increase of 2,141 compared to the 2016 figures of 95,316,” said Razlan.
“This, despite the fact that we are not the only South-East Asian host for MotoGP this year as Thailand will be hosting a leg for the first time in Buriram in October.
“I’m confident we’ll sell all grandstand tickets well before the Malaysian GP.
“It’s easy for us to sell tickets as we have Malaysians racing in every category.
The MotoGP world championship consists of 19 rounds this year.