Located in the heart of the country’s Multimedia Super Corridor, and opened in 1999, the 3.444 (5.543km) mile Sepang track features four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners. The 23 yard (21 metre) wide track makes overtaking easy and allows for plenty of open throttle. One of the MotoGP calendar’s longest laps is made even harder for the riders by the gruelling heat and humidity. The circuit is famous for its enormous grandstands, featuring hibiscus (the national flower of Malaysia) style roofs, which dominate both straights.
The circuit can accommodate up to 80,000 spectators with grandstand seating for 30,000. The Mall grandstand between the two straights provides the best viewing and the most expensive seats. Other grandstands are to be found inside the circuit, while the Hillstand offers cheaper seats. Grandstand facilities include toilets, refreshments and disabled access.
The 2013 race saw Dani Pedrosa (Honda) win for a second time at Sepang. The podium was dominated by Spanish drivers, as Marc Marquez (Honda) took second place, followed by Jorge Lorenzo (Yahama) in third place.
The Sepang Circuit is accessible via air, rail and road. Limousines, shuttle services, and car rentals are available at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), which is only a 10-minute drive from the circuit. The circuit is also connected via major highways and expressways. From Kuala Lumpur (KL), take the North-South Highway towards the KLIA Interchange. It takes roughly 45 minutes to get to the circuit from KL, depending on traffic.
On race days, visitors can also catch a train from KL to the airport and from there get a shuttle service to the circuit.