New Straits Times - - CBT / NEWS - AHIRINE AHIRUDIN

PETRONAS Lubri­cants Mar­ket­ing Malaysia and Hong Leong Yamaha teamed up for the first time to or­gan­ise a con­voy of over 1,000 bikes from Cy­ber­jaya to Sepang to catch last week­end’s Malaysian Mo­toGP at the Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (SIC).

The 40km ride was flagged off at TSI Arena in Cy­ber­jaya by Petronas vi­cepres­i­dent (Down­stream Busi­ness) Datuk Sri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Tahir, Hong Leong Yamaha man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Datuk Jim Khor and Petronas Lubri­cant In­ter­na­tional (PLI) Asia Pa­cific head Mohd Khalid Mo­hamed Lat­iff.

“It is great to see en­thu­si­as­tic bik­ers sup­port­ing the big­gest mo­tor­sport event in the coun­try. Mo­tor­cy­clists are im­por­tant to Petronas as our tech­nol­ogy from the race track is trans­lated into mo­tor­cy­cle lubri­cant prod­ucts we de­vel­oped for bikes on the road,” said Syed Zainal Abidin

He said the rid­ers’ feed­back on its prod­ucts were im­por­tant as they al­low the com­pany to im­prove its prod­ucts.

Petronas of­fered ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for some 10,000 peo­ple, who vis­ited the Petronas Ex­pe­ri­ence booth at the SIC. Vis­i­tors had the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a 5D Mo­toGP ex­pe­ri­ence, Petronas Sprinta Ul­traFlex Chal­lenge, while also pur­chas­ing exclusive Petronas mer­chan­dise and win free pre­mium give­aways.

The Petronas Ex­pe­ri­ence also in­cluded a meet-and-greet with rid­ers of Petronas’ two teams — Petronas Sprinta Rac­ing Moto2 and Petronas Sprinta Rac­ing Moto3.

Petronas is the first oil com­pany in the world to spon­sor all classes in World Mo­toGP Cham­pi­onship where in 2019 Petronas, Yamaha and Sepang Cir­cuit signed Franco Mor­bidelli and Fabio Qu­atararo up for the Mo­toGP team.

Hafizh Syahrin, the first Malaysian Mo­toGP rider of the Mon­ster Yamaha Tech 3 had pre­vi­ously been a full-sea­son rider in Moto2 with Petronas Race­line.

A record 103,984 peo­ple at­tended the 2018 Mo­tor­cy­cle Grand Prix last week­end, up from some 97,000 last year.

More than 1,000 bik­ers took part in the con­voy.

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