Sepang extends MotoGP contract to 2021

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The Sepang International Circuit will continue to welcome MotoGP until 2021 after agreeing a new five-year contract with the series commercial rights holder, Dorna Sports.

Sepang has hosted MotoGP since 1999 and is witnessing a surge in popularity for the premier motorcycle racing championship, with the 2016 race being a sell-out event.

Following qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Saturday, officials from the circuit announced that a new contract extension had been agreed that ensured MotoGP would continue to visit the track for years to come.

“I am happy to inform that we have signed a contract extension for another five years, ending 2021, that was completed this morning,” Tan Sri Azman Yahya, chairman of Sepang International Circuit, said.

“We will continue with MotoGP for the next five years, and think we will see even better response from the public.

“I’m very pleased to announce this as it’s my first negotiation as the Chairman of Sepang, and I hope our decision is supported and welcomed.”

“We have been here since 1999 and it has been a long road together,” Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added.

“We’re extremely proud of the Malaysian GP, the increasing spectator numbers and the incredible spectacle. We are proud to renew for at least these five years.”

The contract renewal comes just days after officials from the Sepang circuit and the Malaysian government called for the track to stop hosting Formula 1 due to its expense and falling ticket sales.