18-year-old Muhammad Hafiza Rofa has been named as a wildcard entry for this year’s Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, happening from 24th to 26th October. The Kuala Terengganu-born rider will join four other Malaysian riders, lead by Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman and Amirul Hafiq Azmi.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Sepang International Circuit (SIC) CEO Datuk Razlan Razali said, “Our Malaysian riders have proven that they are capable of matching the world’s best riders in the past. They have done so well that Malaysian youngsters are turning to them as role models and heroes instead of the foreign riders. We hope when they compete in front of a massive home crowd next month, they will be inspired to deliver strong performances.”
For this year’s race, SIC is expecting 90,000 fans to pack the stands on race day. Last year’s event saw over 120,000 spectators crowding the Sepang Circuit over the three days. Datuk Razlan advises fans to get their tickets early to avoid disappointment, as tickets for Grandstand F have already sold out.
Off the track, fans can expect up to 80 trade and vending operators including bike manufacturers to offer their latest products and offerings. Fans will also get to experience the pit lane walk, autograph sessions, stunt shows and many more.
On top of that, fans will also be able to catch the supporting race, which is Round 5 and 6 of the Malaysian Super Series (Bikes) featuring seven local talents – Shafiq Rasol (18 years old), Shafiq Ezzariq (15 years old), Fakhrusy Rostam (18 years old), Nazrul Bahauddin (14 years old), Ibrahim Norrodin (14 years old), Adam Norrodin (16 years old) and Helmi Azman (15 years old).
To heat up the excitement, SIC has initiated several on-ground activities such as SIC Zoomers which has group of bikers visiting popular spots to promote the race, a contest, bike convoys, viewing parties and many more. Special ticket prices are available to those who make purchases during the promotional period.
In addition, pre-events such as demo run by top MotoGP riders, a track session with Mick Doohan and an exclusive all-female track session are in the pipeline as well. The South East Asian Motorcycle Business Forum will also be held on the sidelines of the Malaysian MotoGP.