Sepang set to close for resurfacing
The Sepang International Circuit is set to close immediately after this year’s opening MotoGP test in early February, as the Malaysian track undergoes a complete resurfacing ahead of the 2016 season.
The three-month closure will start on February 15, following MotoGP’s three-day test there on the 1st-3rd. The championship will then move to Philip Island for it’s second test, instead of returning to Sepang, which will remain closed until May 8.
“The last 5 years have seen an average 98% usage of the track’s availability throughout the year, from large international events all the way to private bookings. These events have taken the circuit to a whole new level of recognition, and in tandem with this, it is a must for SIC to continue providing the best experience and top levels of safety for all track users. Additionally, our efforts to develop motorsports in Malaysia further underline the need to maintain a top international class circuit in the country,” said Dato’ Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of SIC.
“We regret causing disappointment and inconvenience due to the closure of the circuit, and we thank all track users for their understanding. Like all facilities and especially circuits, maintenance works is a priority, and the resurfacing and upgrading works is necessary to ensure the continued availability of a track of the highest quality in Malaysia.”
As well as resurfacing the entire 5.54km track, there will also be repair and upgrading of the drainage system, the kerbs and the run-off area carried out, and as well as modification to the gravel traps at Turn 1 and 15.