MotoGP has signed a contract extension with Sepang circuit to continue with the Malaysian GP until the 2024 season, with another extension to come through.
After Petronas left the MotoGP grid at the end of the 2021 season, the Malaysian giants will make a comeback in the two-wheel racing community after signing up as the official title sponsor for the Malaysian GP with Dorna Sports.
It will also provide fuels to the Moto2 and Moto3 teams being the official fuel supplier of the intermediate category. The announcement from Dorna came up along with a new deal with Sepang Circuit to continue hosting the Malaysian MotoGP race until the 2024 season.
In fact, the discussions are on between them to further extend the deal to 2026 season. “I am pleased to inform that we have concluded my first negotiation on the contract extension with Dorna Sports as the Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit and I would like to extend my gratitude to those who have made this possible,” said Azhan Shafriman Hanif, CEO of Sepang International Circuit.
“With record breaking crowds year on year, we look forward to welcoming the fans back to Sepang after a two-year break due to the pandemic. In line with our #WelcomeHome theme, this year is about the revival of international motorsports with more unique offerings to the fans.
Meanwhile, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz, Senior General Manager Group Strategic Communications PETRONAS added: “PETRONAS is extremely honoured to be the title sponsor of the Grand Prix of Malaysia, largely considered a key sporting event in Malaysia and Asia.
“The title sponsorship offers a unique opportunity for PETRONAS to connect with the sport’s massive fanbase and showcase our brand and products. More importantly, through this strategic partnership with Dorna Sports, we hope to help re-energise Malaysia’s sports tourism for the benefit of Malaysians and visitors as the world collectively rebounds from the pandemic.”
And finally, Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, stated: “We’re very happy to confirm that the Grand Prix of Malaysia will remain on the calendar until at least 2024. Malaysia is a vital market for MotoGP and it is a pleasure to race at Sepang and witness the incredible passion of the fans who fill the grandstands.
“After proving able to return to Malaysia for pre-season testing this year, we couldn’t be more eager to come back and race. We all look forward to the Grand Prix of Malaysia and seeing our Malaysian fans for many more seasons.
“We’re also very proud to enter into this partnership with PETRONAS, a brand that is synonymous with excellence and success, and a fantastic ambassador for Malaysia on the world stage. There can be no better headline act as a title sponsor for the Grand Prix of Malaysia than one of the most emblematic names in motorsports. We look forward to seeing this iconic brand take top billing at the event.”