Sepang Circuit to be resurfaced

The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia will close for resurfacing from 15 February to 8 May.

The opening 2016 MotoGP test will still take place from February 1-3 as planned.  

Both Formula 1 and MotoGP races are hosted by the Sepang Circuit and the upgrades are in line with requirements from the FIA and FIM to meet international standards. 

The entire 5.54km track will be resurfaced plus there will be upgrades done to the drainage system, kerbs and run-off area tarmac. The gravel beds will also be rebuilt at Turns 1 and 15. 

The last time Sepang was closed for upgrading was in 2007.

In a statement, Dato' Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of the Sepang International Circuit confirmed the upgrades to the famous circuit.

“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 Razali. 

“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."