Preparations for the 2019 Shell Malaysia MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) are 90% complete and a capacity crowd of 180,000 spectators is expected. This was said by SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali during a press conference yesterday about traffic control and transport facilities for the race on the weekend of November 1 to 3.
“Thus far 100,000 tickets have been sold and for race day on Sunday, we are expecting at least 130,000 Malaysian race fans to attend,” said Razlan. He elaborated further on upgrades to the 20-year old race circuit including the installation of a new grandstand roof, renovated toilets in the grandstand and paddock areas and upgraded surau for public use.
“With the new roof we have on the grandstand, the iconic Sepang waterfall is no more,” joked Razlan. This was in reference to the roof leaks in the main grandstand area during heavy rain which plagued SIC in previous years.
With the large crowd expected for the 2019 Malaysia MotoGP, spectators are encouraged to use public transport on the race weekend. To enable this, transport provider RapidKL is running a bus shuttle service from KLCC and KL Sentral with tickets costing RM20 one way and RM35 return while the round circuit shuttle will run every 15 minutes all day.
Journey time from Kuala Lumpur city centre is expected to take between 50 minutes to an hour and services are scheduled every 30 minutes from 8.00 a.m. to 1 p.m. from KL and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from SIC on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday race day, the morning shuttle service from the city will run from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. while the service departs SIC from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni LRT stations as well as KLCC and KL Sentral.
E-hailing service MyCar is giving away promo cards with discounted trips to and from SIC on the race weekend, using the “MyKL” and “MySelangor” promo code in the MyCar app. My Car will have 200 cars on standby during the race weekend.
With traffic expected to be heavy especially on Sunday, ACP Zulkiflee Adam Shah, chief police officer for KLIA district, asked travellers to KLIA to plan their journey accordingly in anticipation of unforeseen traffic jams. “We will have 177 personnel including the Police Air unit to direct and control traffic for the MotoGP and we ask motorists to co-operate with police instructions,” said ACP Zulkiflee.
ACP Zulkiflee also reminded motorists not to park on the road shoulder, not to leave valuables behind and lock their vehicles. “We will not hesitate to take action against errant parkers and offending vehicles will be towed immediately,” he said.
The public are also reminded not to patronise illegal vendors by the roadside as this causes congestion and is a danger to traffic and themselves, Zulkiflee added. Action against roadside vendors will be taken by the Sepang district council.