Sports Events in KL: Of Riders And Drivers

Following up on the high-spirited 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games last August and September respectively, October seeks to continue pleasing the sports enthusiast in the country with a smattering of sporting events, including Malaysia’s National Sports Day which occurs over the second weekend of the month!

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, the CIMB Classic and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia are also significant blips on October’s sporting radar, promising spectators shows to keep in memory for years to come.

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017

Lining up on the grid this month we have the 2017 Malaysia MotoGP ready to send a generous shot of adrenaline your way at the Sepang Circuit a month after its four-wheeled equivalent blazed through the track’s straights and corners.

Opening for the main event are the lower-powered bikes of Moto2 and Moto3, but these are by no means lightweights in dishing out entertainment value. They provide the perfect taster of what comes after; the 1,000cc screaming mechanical monsters capable of reaching 361km/h.

Valentino Rossi

Italian bike ace Valentino Rossi is by far the Malaysia MotoGP king, having won the race on seven different occasions. Back this year with his mount sporting Yamaha colours, ‘The Doctor’ as he is called has tough competition, chiefly in the form of defending 2016 Malaysia MotoGP champ Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati, and current Riders’ Championship leader Repsol Honda’s Marc Márquez. Witness the full-throttle action!

 
Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2017

This top Malaysian golf tournament makes its eighth appearance this year at the same venue as the Classic, albeit on the East Course instead of the West Course of the Tournament Players Club Kuala Lumpur (TPC). Noted for its role in raising funds for cancer research, the LPGA is also regarded as a stepping stone for Malaysia’s young female golfers as they move in to the international arena.

It is also the convergence point of golfing queens from around the globe as they show off their admirable form and driving skills in the $1.8 million event. In all, some 78 players, including 63 players from the LPGA Tour, will take part in the 72-hole tournament.

Look out for the likes of defending champion Feng Shanshan of China, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and Canada’s Brooke Henderson, as they take on rivals in this four-day event that mixes golf, food and music for excitement on and off the course.

Meanwhile, Kelly Tan picks up the mantle of heading the Malaysian team as they strive to do their country proud.

Justin Thomas

The CIMB Classic 2017

The first ever PGA Tour sanctioned event in Southeast Asia when it debuted in 2010, the CIMB Classic has been a magnet for some of the world’s best golfers. Also touted as the only official PGA TOUR FedExCup event in Southeast Asia, it will also be held at TPC Kuala Lumpur, with linksmen hailing from the PGA Tour and Asian Tour amongst others.

These greats have long relished the challenge presented by the 72-par, 7,005-yard course, teeing off in hopes of taking home a portion of the $7 million prize purse – $1.26 million of which goes to the grand winner.

The past two editions of the Classic have seen one Justin Thomas from the United States dominating the field, who back in 2015 became the youngest CIMB Classic champion at age 22. He’ll be after a hat trick this year, but he has to contend with close to 80 other pros, each one armed with a mean collection of shots up their sleeve!


Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2017
WHERE Sepang International Circuit
WHEN 7.30am (27-29 Oct)
ADMISSION RM44-RM5,233 (check websites for latest pricing)
TEL 03 8778 2222
sepangcircuit.com
motogp.com

The CIMB Classic 2017
WHERE TPC Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7am (12-15 Oct)
ADMISSION RM62-RM166
TEL 03 2011 9188
cimbclassic.com

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia 2017
WHERE TPC Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7.30am (26-29 Oct)
ADMISSION RM50-RM1,892
TEL 03 2011 9188
simedarbylpgamalaysia.com


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