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4 reasons to catch the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016

This article is brought to you in part by Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

September has been a big month for motorsports fans in Malaysia – and the fun isn’t over yet. Just a few weeks after the 2016 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix, motoring enthusiasts can look forward to the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016, which will be held from 28th to 30th October. It’ll be another thrilling weekend of races, fun-filled activities, and music.

We have four reasons why you don’t want to miss this year’s MotoGP in Malaysia.

1. It’s one of the biggest motorsports events in the world

Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016

The MotoGP is the two-wheeled equivalent of the F1 Grand Prix, with tens of thousands of spectators coming from around the world. The Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix championship is currently divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. During the event this 28th to 30th October, fans can expect to be thrilled with rivalry on the track and a spectacular carnival off the track.

Last year, over 150,000 spectators attended the three-day race weekend, making it a record-breaking sellout event. The MotoGP race week is undeniably the best two-wheeled motorsports festival in Southeast Asia and one that is not to be missed.

2. There’s plenty of local interest

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Khairul Idham Pawi

Locals will be getting behind the Malaysian riders taking part in this year’s event; the most notable is Khairul Idham Pawi who made headlines a few months ago when he became the first Malaysian to win a Grand Prix race in any class. Pawi has now taken two victories in Moto3 this year, in Argentina and Germany.

Also racing in the Moto3 class is Adam Norrodin, who won a space in the hearts of all Malaysians when he almost took a podium finish in Argentina but fell off his bike on the last corner. That didn’t stop him though, as he got right back up and pushed his bike across the finish line, placing 11th in the race – his best placing to date.

In Moto2, Hafizh Syahrin will be representing Malaysia as the only local hero in the Moto2 category, making Malaysia proud with his performance in the various races this year.

Beyond the three races, the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup support race will also be showcasing two Malaysian boys, Ahmad Idham Khairuddin and Izam Ikmal.

3. Rock out at the Rockaway Festival

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Photo credit: facebook.com/rockawayfest

On the same weekend, there will be a huge treat for music fans with the Rockaway Festival taking place at Hillstand B which overlooks turns 13 and 14 of the track, allowing concert-goers a chance to enjoy both the music festival and the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

This year, Rockaway has announced a jam-packed line up with big acts such as Scorpions, Taking Back Sundays, Alleycats, Zainal Abidin, Butterfingers, Wings, Son of a Policeman, One Buck Short and more.

4. There’s tonnes to do beyond the race track

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2015 MotoGP | Photo credit: facebook.com/sepanginternationalcircuit

The Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 weekend offers a packed programme filled with evergreen favourites such as the Riders’ Autograph Session, Bike Stunt Show, Safety Car Ride, Public Pit Lane Walk, and the Mega MotoGP Carnival with over 80 booths. Meanwhile, new on the programme is a riders’ cycling activity where MotoGP riders will face off against Malaysia’s very own athletes, the Riders’ Fan Forum, and a special Watch the Race from the Sky activity.

Meanwhile, leading up to race week, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is organising activities including live viewing sessions of Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix races complete with contests and prize giveaways. So be sure to catch the upcoming races at The Podium by Daun in Sri Hartamas. Keep track of the timing on SIC’s Facebook page.

Get your Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 tickets

Tickets are selling out fast, so you should get your tickets quick or you risk missing out on race weekend. Tickets for the F Grandstand and Club Suite passes are already sold out, but you can still choose from a number of different types of tickets, ranging from RM318 for a Premier Roving pass to RM42.40 for a C2 Covered Hillstand ticket. Main Grandstand and K1 Grandstand tickets are priced at RM212 and RM116.60 respectively. 

Or even better, show your support for your favourite MotoGP rider and be seated among fellow fans at Rossi’s VR46 tribune or the Marc Marquez tribune with special merchandise to take home.

There is also a 50% discount for disabled spectators at accessible seating zones. To purchase these discounted tickets, fans will need to show their disabled person’s card.

Here’s  a complete list of tickets to choose from:

motogp-tickets

To find out more about ticket prices, packages, and all the activities lined up for 2016, visit Sepang International Circuit’s website at www.sepangcircuit.com.

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