PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team has shown its support of Tourism Malaysia’s Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign at the British Grand Prix by presenting the team’s Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles alongside a Visit Malaysia 2020 branded London taxi.
The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team line-up of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo posed with the Visit Malaysia 2020 taxi and their race bikes in the Silverstone pit lane just hours after qualifying fourth and eighth for tomorrow’s British GP, the twelfth round of the World Championship.
One hundred and thirty-five Visit Truly Asia Malaysia liveried London taxis and two London buses will soon grace the streets of London to highlight Malaysia as the destination of choice in Asia for sports fans.
In further support of Visit Malaysia 2020, Sepang Racing Team owner, Sepang International Circuit, is hosting a number of sporting events with international appeal, most notably the penultimate round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship on November 1-3.
In December, the circuit will also host the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) and FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) in a ground-breaking fusion of the worlds of two-and-four-wheel motorsport under the headline, Races of Malaysia.
Both events will harness the hashtag #RoadToMalaysia in support this initiative, with the inaugural 8 Hours of Sepang expected to see at least 30 teams competing. It will be the qualifying round to the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours in 2020 as the second race on the 2019-2020 EWC calendar.
The Malaysian round of the WTCR will be the 2019 season finale with 26 full season entries from eight different car manufacturers and also will be the first night racing using Sepang’s new state-of-the-art floodlights system.
Datuk Musa Yusof, Director General of Tourism Malaysia:
“Major sporting events such as MotoGP and now the Races of Malaysia are some of the main drivers in the Malaysian tourism industry. Our partnership with Sepang International Circuit places sporting events as part of the VMY2020 calendar of events and proves that events like these bring benefits not only to the tourism industry, but also to the general economy in Malaysia.”
Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit, Team Principal of PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team:
“Sepang International Circuit is proud to be the prime tourist attraction for Malaysia so we are honoured to the Visit Malaysia 2020 programme in our own 20th anniversary year. MotoGP is seen in over 290 million homes across 59 countries, with hundreds of millions of page views online and millions of followers on social media. It is the perfect vehicle for us to showcase Malaysia to a wide audience. For us, sporting events at Sepang are also a showcase to help develop and nurture Malaysian talent to race at an international level. We are proud to represent and promote Malaysia on the world stage.”
Johan Stigefelt, Team Director, Sepang Racing Team:
“As a team we visit Malaysia at least twice a year and it’s a destination we truly love. Sepang International Circuit is obviously a superb sporting destination and anyone who hasn’t visited before will be blown away by the facility. As a location to compete or spectate there is everything you could want. Aside from Sepang, the backdrop of Malaysia is a fabulous place to enjoy so many diverse facets of Asia. We are truly proud to support this latest Visit Malaysia initiative.”