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Excitement builds in Malaysian racing

So quickly, its February. The first testing program for MotoGP has been completed early in February. The second three days of testing commence on 28th February at Sepang F1 Circuit near the KLIA airport. The new schedule for MotoGP racing this year has also been released, with all 18 races confirmed

2012 MotoGP calendar

1. 8 April Qatar* Losail
2. 29 April Spain Jerez
3. 6 May Portugal Estoril
4. 20 May France Le Mans
5. 3 June Catalunya Catalunya
6. 17 June Great Britain Silverstone
7. 30 June Netherlands** Assen
8. 8 July Germany Sachsenring
9. 15 July Italy Mugello
10. 29 July United States*** Laguna Seca
11. 19 August Indianapolis Indianapolis
12. 26 August Czech Republic Brno
13. 16 September San Marino Misano
14. 30 September Aragon Motorland
15. 14 October Japan Motegi
16. 21 October Malaysia Sepang 
17. 28 October Australia Phillip Island
18. 11 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo

Similarly, the season for Formula 1 is also upon us. Speaking at the official F1 launch at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, SIC Chairman Dato’ Mokhzani Tun Dr Mahathir said that the circuit would be working hard to make the 14th edition of the Formula 1™ PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix the best ever since year one.

“Sepang International Circuit has a lot to offer to all motorsports enthusiast especially F1 fans and family, where the tickets are the most affordable in the world, the friendliest circuit and the best of Malaysian hospitality,” said Mokhzani.

F1 has been an engine of growth in our country with Malaysia reaping numerous benefits from its involvement in F1.

“Based on an independent study, the preliminary results indicated that the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix generated total economic activity of approximately RM 200 million.

“These studies shows that the average spending of a foreign visitor is approximately RM7,000 while that of a domestic visitor is RM 2,500.

“This is part of the spill-over effect of F1 in generating tourism dollars with many racing fans who come over to Malaysia for the sole purpose of watching the race most likely extending their stay to visit other fascinating attractions our country has to offer.

“Thus we can say with utmost certainty that F1 is the biggest draw in Malaysia and not to mention Malaysia is now seen and heard in as many 187 countries with a combined audience of more than 500 million people”.

Changes in parking premiered at 2010′s MotoGP race eased congestion along with expanded public transport. Getting out to Sepang has never been easier.

All this sets the stage for the first race in the Malaysian Super Series calendar. The bikes will arrive on 11th May 2012 with a packed three day program. Its a good time to be a racing fan in Malaysia

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