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Francesco Bagnaia took another step closer to hist maiden MotoGP world championship title after winning the Malaysian GP at Sepang International Circuit.

  • Bagnaia and Quartararo to take the championship battle to Valencia.
  • Bagnaia recorded his seventh win of the season. 

Despite starting from the middle of the grid, the Ducati rider made a brilliant start to place himself just behind race leader, Jorge Martin at Turn 2 while Quartararo was up from 12th to fifth.

Martin made the early effort to widen the gap from Bagnaia but his effort were in vain as the Spaniard crashed out on lap seven.

While the disaster may be a gift for Bagnaia, the Italian got into an intense battle with Gresini’s Enea Bastianini who remained close behind the championship leader.

Bastianini made the move on lap 11 when he pounced under braking at Turn 3.

However, Bagnaia managed to find an extra speed to overtook his soon to be teammate at Turn 15 and maintained his lead until the chequered flag.

Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo managed to hold on 3rd spot to keep the championship fight alive ahead of Valencia.

Although there were some pressure from the emerging Marco Bezzecchi, the Frenchman managed to widen the gap at lap 15 to secured the much-needed podium. 

Bagnaia continue to lead the championship with 258 points after claiming his seven win of the season while Quartararo is close behind with 235pts. 

Both riders will take the fight to Valencia in November.

The Malaysia MotoGP fever officially returns to Sepang International Circuit after a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Sepang International Circuit (SIC) officially welcomes the 2022 Malaysia MotoGP after a two-year absence.
  • SIC announced Damok as the official ‘wildcard’ rider in Moto3. 

This time around, Petronas – the new official title sponsor – welcomes all two-wheel racing enthusiasts across the country to witness the Petronas Grand Prix of Malaysia 2022 happening on the 21 – 23 October. 

The 23rd edition of the Malaysian GP also marks Petronas’s official debut as the new title sponsor after successfully reaching an agreement with MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports earlier this year.

During the launch, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit (SIC), Azhan Shafriman Hanif, also announced the ‘wildcard’ slot for the upcoming MotoGP Malaysia goes to FIM Junior GP rider Syarifuddin Azman @ Damok, who will race with team VisionTrack. 

“This year marks the first year of PETRONAS as the title sponsor for the Grand Prix. SIC is set to #WelcomeHome all the local and international motorsports fans to Sepang after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With no Malaysian riders competing full season in the championship, I believe Damok will be the pull factor for Malaysian to cheer fellow Malaysian on the grid,” said Azhan.

Also present is Petronas Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz, who shares her excitement about the latest project.

“PETRONAS is excited to see the return of MotoGP to Malaysia, and it gives us great pride to headline the event, as the championship is synonymous with passion, innovation, pace and performance – values that resonate well with PETRONAS. 

“As such, to celebrate the occasion, PETRONAS has lined up a series of thrilling family-friendly experiences on and off the track, including around KLCC which will be announced in due course.

“The Grand Prix title sponsorship offers an opportunity for PETRONAS brand to grow and help re-energise Malaysia’s sports tourism and provides a unique platform for us to showcase PETRONAS Primax – the Official Fuel for the Moto2 and Moto3 championships – to the world,” she said.

Meanwhile, the most exciting catch for this year is the #MalaysianGP2022 Mega Lucky Draw contest, whereby two lucky winners will walk away with Yamaha NVX and Y15ZR, which features limited-edition SIC livery worth RM22,000. 

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Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has officially announced the cancellation of the 2021 Malaysian MotoGP, which was scheduled to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of October.

This is the second year in a row that SIC is unable to hold the Malaysian GP due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Nevertheless, SIC is looking forward to featuring the prestigious race again for the 2022 season.

Meanwhile, FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports are pleased to announce that MotoGP will return to Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from the 22nd to the 24th of October.

Sepang Racing Team (SRT) will continue to compete in the 2022 MotoGP season as an independent team, as confirmed by Sepang International Circuit (SIC) CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif.

According to Azhan, while SRT will no longer be associated with SIC, the decision to rebrand the MotoGP team for 2022 is up to Datuk Razlan Razali.

“I leave it to Datuk Razlan to comment on this so that we (SIC) get a clearer picture of how he wants to lead the team in MotoGP after this.

“But as I mentioned before, they (SRT) will move as a new entity and no longer under SIC. Everything rests on Datuk Razlan’s shoulders moving forward,” said Azhan.

However, Azhan stresses that while the partnership with SRT has ended, SIC has no plans to set up a new MotoGP team.

“There are no plans yet; as you know, forming a team in the World Championship takes a lot of budget and sponsorship.

“But looking at the current situation, our focus is to look back at our program. Our concentration will be on MiniGP to CEV.

“Get our boys ready and competitive. I’m sure we will get there, God willing,” he added.

Nonetheless, SIC will continue to focus on riders development, especially talents in SIC MiniGP and CEV.

“Looking at the current situation, we need to review our program. Our focus is to bring riders from MiniGP to CEV,” he added.

Sepang International Circuit (SIC) dan Petronas telah mencapai persetujuan bersama untuk menamatkan kerjasama selaku penaja utama (title sponsor) Petronas Sepang Racing Team pada hujung musim MotoGP 2021.

Perkara itu disahkan menerusi siaran media yang dikongsikan hari ini.

Petronas telah pun menjadi penaja utama SIC sejak 2018, menerusi Petronas Sprinta Racing di Moto2 dan Moto3 sebelum projek tersebut dikembangkan ke MotoGP menerusi Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif SIC, Azhan Shafriman Hanif, menghormati keputusan Petronas yang tidak menyambung tajaan menjelang musim 2022.

“SIC mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Petronas atas sokongan mereka selama kerjasama ini berlangsung.

“Kami menghormati keputusan mereka dan bersetuju bahawa kerjasama ini telah pun mencapai objektifnya.

“Tetapi saya percaya ini bukan kolaborasi terakhir kami dalam sukan permotoran, kami akan teruskan usaha dalam mencari bakat baharu,” jelasnya.

Sementara itu, SIC memaklumkan bahawa SRT akan meneruskan saingan di MotoGP bermula 2022 dibawah entiti baharu dengan pengumuman rasmi akan dibuat dalam masa terdekat, termasuk mengenai pembubaran pasukan di Moto2 dan Moto3.

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