The Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang has been chosen as the best Grand Prix of 2017 by the Grand Prix Commission, which consists of Dorna, FIM, MSMA (manufacturers’ association) and IRTA (teams’ association).
Factors such as organisation, facilities and atmosphere are typically taken into account when the ‘best Grand Prix’ vote is made.
Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali said it was a great honour to receive the recognition, which SIC previously won in 2012.
“This shows the dedication of our team, our competency and our ability to organise an international event that is recognised by international bodies such as FIM and Dorna,” he said.
“There are 18 circuits and promoters this season, and we have been selected. It is great news for Malaysia especially the fans, and of course lifted the spirits of all SIC staff.”
Razali added that the win reiterated the fact that the Motorcycle Grand Prix is the biggest international event for SIC and the country.
A record-breaking 166,486 fans turned out at the circuit over the three days in October, surpassing the 161,533-mark of last year – despite a wet race, which saw a memorable one-two for Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
The timing of the ‘best Grand Prix’ award is also particularly significant for SIC, which has chosen to make MotoGP its undisputed number one event, after hosting F1 for the final time.
The Malaysian MotoGP contract runs until at least 2021.