SIC say no to hosting second MotoGP

PETALING JAYA: The Sepang International Circuit has turned down a proposal from MotoGP organisers Dorna to hold a second MotoGP race in Malaysia next month.

With the opening four rounds of the season disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysia were offered a chance to host the opening premier class race, to replace the Qatar round two weeks ago.

The MotoGP race in Qatar was scrapped but the Moto2 and Moto3 classes were held.

Sepang hosted the opening pre-season testing in February.

However, with the country announcing a ban on Italian nationals and the latest ruling by the Health Ministry advising against mass gatherings, the race cannot be hosted.

“On recent news about Malaysia potentially hosting a second MotoGP due to the postponement of other circuits, SIC have no plans to host a second race.

“With the current Covid-19 situation in Malaysia and worldwide, along with the advice from the Health Ministry, the safety of the MotoGP fans, riders, team, staff and all personnel involved remains our top priority.”

Sepang is still scheduled to host the Malaysian Grand Prix from Oct 30-Nov 1.

The season is to start with the Spanish GP in early May but the situation could change.

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