The Reale Avintia Arizona 77 will dispute this weekend in the Circuit of Sepang the last out of the three races of this year’s overseas races in Asia. It will also be the second last of the season before coming back to european soil for the GP de la Comunitat Valenciana by November time.
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.
Stefano Nepa arrives in the Malaysian GP with high expectations after racing with the head group all race long in last weekend’s race in Phillip Island when he finished 10th.
“We arrive in Sepang, last oversea race, after a very positive weekend in Phillip Island. This weekend we will try to repeat the same performance that we had last time out in Australia. For us it would be really important to be in Q2 already on friday.”