PETALING JAYA: A sports bubble is the only way for the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to stage international events despite the high costs.
SIC chief executive officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif, commenting on the cancellation of the MotoGP winter tests next month, said they had no choice but to inform the organisers of the country’s movement control order.
“It is a step back for us as we were looking forward to resuming the motorsports calendar with the final round of the Malaysian Superbike Championship later this month, ” said Azhan.
“We have been talking with the Youth and Sports Ministry while providing a proposal on having a sports bubble where participants are confined and not allowed to travel other than the track.
“There is the additional cost of rapid kit testing (RTK) for Covid-19 involved and SIC are of the opinion that everyone involved should be tested as safety is our utmost priority.
“But with the government decision to bring back the MCO, we had no choice but to cancel the MotoGP tests.
“The hope now is to come out of the pandemic and then try to stick to our calendar.”