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Sepang International Circuit - MALAYSIA

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Circuit information

Length: 5.543 m / 3.444 miles

Width: 25m

Left Curves: 5

Right curves: 10

The longest straight: 920 m / 0.572 miles

Built: 1998

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits worldwide.
With four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners, the wide track is particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres and plenty of open throttle. One of the longest laps in MotoGP is made all the more gruelling for riders by intense heat and humidity. Sepang is located around 50km south of Kuala Lumpur city.

Balda’s thought

Malaysia is an interesting track, very technical. Turn 3 is a fascinating downhill turn, it is a very fast corner to do all sideways where the bike tends to slide and that is the point where is important to manage the tire for the race. Then there is a whole guided part in T2 and T3. Nice also the braking before going uphill, shortly after the straight.
The Malaysian Grand Prix is also one of the toughest and most difficult races in terms of heat and humidity; therefore, you have to manage your forces better during the weekend to get to the race in the best possible condition.


ON: 6/11/1996