Malaysian MotoGP in limbo


PETALING JAYA: A big question mark hangs over the hosting of Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, scheduled from Oct 30-Nov 1 at Sepang International Circuit after the scrapping of the race in Japan.

MotoGP rights holder Dorna has confirmed that any races held this year will only take place only after mid-November after dropping the Japanese Grand Prix from the calendar.

It is the sixth event to be officially cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race in Motegi was due to be held on Oct 16-18 in between the Thailand (Oct 2-4) and the Malaysia legs.

The Malaysia and Thailand legs could be called off or organised behind closed door as they planned to do in Europe.

But former Sepang International Circuit chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali felt it would be a big financial loss for Sepang if spectators were not allowed in.

“We will be hit financially as we are highly dependent on the revenue from ticket sales, food and beverage and trade booths, ” said Razlan.

“But it’s up to the management as to how they are going to engage with Dorna.

The Malaysian GP has attracted more than 100,000 fans on race day for the last three years.

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