Morbidelli leads cast of stars for SRT in 8 Hours of Sepang


Italian rider Franco Morbidelli

PETALING JAYA: Sepang Racing Team will field an all-star line-up comprising MotoGP racer Franco Morbidelli of Italy, Suzuka 8 Hour champion Michael van der Mark of Holland and Malaysian star Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah for the first ever 8 Hours of Sepang round of the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) on Dec 13-15.

Competing for the first time in an endurance race but with the backing of former Endurance World Champions Yamaha Austria Racing Team (YART), the squad will be out for nothing less than glory at the first running of a world championship endurance battle under the state-of-the-art floodlights at the Sepang International Circuit.

Making his debut, Morbidelli’s record in the MotoGP world championship with Petronas Yamaha SRT means there’s no doubting his speed.

Already familiar with the YZF-R1 bike and with the Sepang circuit, the Italian racer is excited to try something new and to stay sharp during the MotoGP off-season.

Dutchman Van der Mark adds a huge wealth of experience to the team, not only as a Yamaha World Superbike race winner but also as one of the most successful racers in the history of the Suzuka 8 Hour.

Hafizh is no stranger to the Sepang circuit either. Bringing some local knowledge and familiarity of riding in Sepang’s fierce heat and humidity, the move will also mark a change from his usual MotoGP machinery.

As well as hosting the FIM Endurance World Championship race, the event will see the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) take place alongside it in a fusion of the worlds of two-and-four-wheel motorsport under the headline Races of Malaysia.

SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said they are collaborating with Tourism Malaysia as part of the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign. Both events will harness the hashtag #RoadToMalaysia to support the initiative.
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