In the midst of hectic training and preparations ahead of the much-anticipated eni FIM Superbike World Championship 2015 (WSBK) Malaysian Round this weekend, the WSBK riders took time off for a change of scenery this morning with a quick tour of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, which included a stop at the popular Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex.
Arranged by the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) management, the excursion was planned to help the riders relax in a different setting and experience a vibrant slice of Malaysia outside the racetrack.
Eight riders, including those leading the standings, participated in the tour. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team), Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team Red Devils), Alex Lowes (Crescent Suzuki), Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado (Barni Racing Team Ducati) and Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati) were joined by SIC’s marketing and public relations team to help them discover KL.
“We wanted the riders to see much more of Malaysia than just the Sepang Circuit, so it was an excellent time to take a break and enjoy a dose of Malaysian hospitality and culture, and what better place to do this than at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex. Kuala Lumpur has so much to offer. We wanted the riders to not only take home the memory of awesome racing but also have them experience a part of the city,” said SIC’s Head of Marketing & Communication Junita Nasir.
The complex was a perfect one-stop experience for the busy riders, offering a number of activities under one roof, including a craft museum, artists’ colony and craft village as well as a batik gallery and souvenir shop. The riders were kept busy soaking in the culture and taking selfies, and even tried their hand at batik and ceramic painting.
“I came down to KL on Monday for a look around – not just the big malls but also the local areas, and last night, I had typical Malaysian food at a small noodle shop. I like the culture here. People are quite relaxed. They’ve been friendly and I’m going to spend 3 more days here after the race, to take my mechanics around the town,” said Jonathan Rea, the current leader in the WSBK standings.
Chaz Davies, who recorded a sensational double victory in Laguna Seca in the previous leg and is currently third in the WSBK standings, also shared his thoughts: “I’ve come to KL a few times now, and every time we’ve been able to visit different areas. Now I feel like I’ve a better understanding of this city and I enjoy it. It’s very different to the UK and Europe. I think it is fun – there are a lot of things to enjoy here which you can’t find in Europe.”
To watch these riders in action at the Sepang Circuit from 31 July until 2 August, get your WSBK tickets now from as low as RM84.80 inclusive of GST. They can be purchased at the circuit, via the internet at www.sepangcircuit.com or by calling the TICKET HOTLINE at 03-8778 2222.