Fans of Thailand’s No. 1 rider Ratthapark Wilairot will have the best opportunity to cheer for their idol next month at Round 6 of the 2014 eni FIM Superbike World Championship at Sepang International Circuit (SIC), which would be the only venue in Asia this season.
“Other than Sepang, Thai fans will have no other alternative but to travel to Europe and spend a lot more to catch their hero in action live. SIC will be the most ideal location for fans to travel on bike convoys.
“We at SIC have always supported and promote bike convoys from Thailand for the MotoGP race. This will be the first to Sepang for the SBK and we have also allocated special parking areas for bikes in the mall area,” says SIC Chief Marketing Officer, Edward Lim.
A rider with vast experience having competed in the GP250cc, Moto2 World Championship as well as the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC), Ratthapark is now competing in the World Supersports Championship as a season rider at all SBK events.
After four rounds including the recent race in Imola, Ratthapark has achieved nine points and currently sits in the top 19th position in his first year for this Championship riding his Honda CBR600RR.
The world championship will be heading to Donington Park in Britain for Round 5 on May 25 before proceeding to Sepang for its first ever SBK event at Malaysia’s Home of Motorsports. The event was last staged in Malaysia in 1992 during the times of the old Batu Tiga Circuit in Shah Alam.
According to Edward, SIC is currently arranging for a unique parade of superbikes around the track on Race Day, June 8, which is part of the official opening ceremony for the 2014 eni FIM World Superbike Championship Malaysian Round.
“We are looking at a seven-minute parade around the track with some 500 superbikes for the ceremony. It is a unique opening ceremony in true ‘superbike style’,” added Edward, who also strongly recommended for fans from Thailand to come earlier to Kuala Lumpur and join in various off-track activities lined up for the event.
“As early as June 1, we would have already rolled out the off-track programmes beginning with the SBK Demo Run at the city centre where fans would be given a sneak preview of what SBK is all about.
“The Demo Run will feature the world champion Tom Sykes’ Kawasaki bike; a taxi ride for selected guests, a bike stunt show and a bike convoy. It will be held around the city centre and that will be a roaring experience for any motorcycling fans,” he added.
“Then, of course there is a host of programmes and activities happening in the city all year long in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2014. You can enjoy big discounts when shopping, all kind of promotions and of course, the huge spread of Malaysian food,” he added.
In injecting further excitement for fans during the event, SIC has also lined up various programmes for the fans including an after-race concert featuring world renowned DJ Afrojack, a huge motorsport carnival at the Mall Area, a host of entertainment and activities at the Paddock Show as well as a free pit walkabout on Friday and an autograph session with the riders.
Main grandstand tickets are priced from THB1,500. With only three days left, fans can still grab the combo package for both SBK and MotoGP with savings up to THB1,100 ending May 18.
“What’s great this year is, SIC has launched and introduced the all new Paddock Access which will give fans a seat at the North Main Grandstand together with access to the paddock area where fans can experience behind-the-scene preparations with the teams, views from various angles and might event meet your very own rider, Ratthapark” added Edward during the press conference with Tourism of Malaysia Bangkok at Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok today.
Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.sepangcircuit.com or by calling TICKET HOTLINE at +603-87782222. For more details, contact SIC National Press Officer Nor Lina Ayob at email@example.com-Sepang International Circuit.