The Reale Avintia Racing Team will face this weekend the third race in a row as it lands in the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian GP, the 18th GP of the season and the last one of this year’s overseas.
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.
The circuit has a length of 5,5km linked by 5 left and 10 right hand corners and two long straights. 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.
Last time out in the Australian GP, the Reale Avintia Racing Team left the Phillip Island circuit with a bittersweet feeling. On the one hand, Karel Abraham managed to finish in the points as he crossed the finish line 14th. On the other hand, Tito Rabat was forced to retire from the race because of the pain in his right hand and won’t be racing in Sepang with the aim to start his rehab in order to arrive in the best physical conditions in the GP de la Comunitat Valenciana and the following preseason tests.
“Our last race was very good and I am very happy about it. I hope to return to work in the same way here in Sepang, a circuit that is not easy for me because it is often very hot, and humidity and I don’t like that. However, I like the layout, I think I adapt well, and I have good memories of races and tests that I have done throughout my career. ”