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Malaysian MotoGP Is Happening This October & We Asked If A ‘Bomoh’ Will Be Controlling The Weather

Malaysian MotoGP Is Happening This October & We Asked If A ‘Bomoh’ Will Be Controlling The Weather

Malaysia’s target is to hear the Negara Ku playing more at the championships.

Akmal Hakim

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The Malaysian MotoGP is back!

After the pandemic got in the way of the races that was supposed to take place in 2020 and 2021, the official Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) MotoGP World Championship is set to return to the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) this 23 October bringing with it fast bikes, spectacular riders and non-stop racing action.

And with Petronas taking on the role of title sponsor, the high octane motorcycle race here will be referred to as the “Petronas Grand Prix of Malaysia” until 2024.

Sepang is known to be a favourite among racing fans and riders alike with its two long straights and a serious combination of contrasting corners.

The circuit has also been on the MotoGP calendar since 1999.

SIC CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif, expressed his excitement about welcoming MotoGP back home to our tarmac.

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.

SIC CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif.

SIC hopes to reignite racing fans’ thirst for all things motorsports and invite local and international fans who miss the Sepang circuit.

Azhan also shared insight that our very own local riders are getting ready to participate in this year’s Malaysian leg of the MotoGP and may have a chance to race as wildcards – but they would have to prove themselves first.

At the moment, the plan is to showcase our talents… Of course, we would ask for a wildcard slot to present our talents. Our focus now is to groom them to be ready for the next stage… We want them to be on the podium, our target is to have the Negara Ku playing more at the championships.

SIC CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif.

So Bomoh or no Bomoh?

When asked if the organisers intend on employing the services of a “weather specialist” to ensure that our famously unpredictable weather cooperates during the race — like how we recently saw happening during the Indonesian leg of the MotoGP…

Read More: Rain Shaman & Her “Apprentice” Stopped The Storm At Indonesian MotoGP

(Credit: MotoGP via Twitter)

… Azhan chuckled and had this to say:

One of the things we cannot control is the weather in Sepang. Sometimes when we expect it to be sunny, it rains and when it rains here it pours. For me, I don’t believe in using all these weather shamans or consultants. We hope that the event will carry on whether it rains or is sunny. The most important thing is that the track is safe for racing.

SIC CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif

Head on over to SIC’s official webpage, HERE, for more details and ticket prices.


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