Malaysian MotoGP Hafizh Syahrin of KTM Tech 3 Racing in action during a pre-season test session at Sepang International Circuit. - EPA

SEPANG: A traditional Chinese lion dance performance launched the first official MotoGP test of 2019 at the Sepang International Circuit here today.


Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team in action during a pre-season test session at Sepang International Circuit. - EPA

Malaysian racing promoter, Sepang International Circuit Sdn Bhd (SIC), organised the lion dance at the Paddock in conjunction with the Chinese New Year.

Twenty-five riders, including the test riders, are taking part in the three-day test.


Malaysian MotoGP Hafizh Syahrin of KTM Tech 3 Racing reacts inside his pit during a pre-season test session at Sepang International Circuit. - EPA

The racers have returned to action with their respective machines two months after the conclusion of the 2018 World Motorcycle Championship.

Local MotoGP fans can watch the pre-season test sessions for free.


(File pix) MotoGP rider Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda in action. Indonesia is set to host a MotoGP street race from 2021 on the island of Lombok, which was rocked by deadly earthquakes last year, the country’s tourism development agency said. EPA Photo

The next, and final, official test will be in Qatar from Feb 23 to 25 at the Losail Circuit.


Italian MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha sits outside his pit during a pre-season test session at Sepang International Circuit. - EPA

The World MotoGP Championship of 19 rounds will begin with the Qatar Grand Prix, also at the Losail Circuit, on March 10.


France MotoGP rider Johann Zarco of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in action during a pre-season test session at Sepang International Circuit. - EPA

The Sepang Circuit will the host of the 18th round on Nov 3.--Bernama

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