Following their recent signing of Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, in which SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali played a pivotal role, Poncharal believes there will be many more opportunities for the two parties to work together. (File pix)

KUALA LUMPUR: "Razlan, I am your man, it is up to you to take the opportunity, I am ready".

That was the response of Monster Yamaha Tech3 team principal Herve Poncharal on the possibility of forging a working partnership with Sepang International Circuit (SIC) next year.

Following their recent signing of Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah, in which SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali played a pivotal role, Poncharal believes there will be many more opportunities for the two parties to work together.

"Building up the logistics and contract regarding Hafizh in MotoGP was a great moment with Razlan," said Poncharal.

"I have a lot of respect for Razlan and I also have a lot of respect for the Malaysian government and officials for what they have built around Sepang.

"We know each other quite well and we know the sport. The business is booming in this part of the world, so anything Razlan and his organisation want to do with Tech3, I am more than open. They are welcome.

"I am also the International Road Racing Teams Association (IRTA) president and I also work closely with Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna CEO) and the Dorna company which is the promoter and owner of MotoGP."

Poncharal, whose outfit is arguably the strongest among the satellite teams competing in MotoGP, added that besides the great atmosphere and facilities, Sepang is well known as for its business-to-business (B2B) opportunities.

"Sepang is one of the best circuit's in the world maybe even the best in terms of technical layout, facilities and also safety. This is why we use it so much for winter testing" added Poncharal.

"Razlan's team have done very well to get more than 100,000 fans on race day and the atmosphere is unbelievable but there is also a great presence in the paddock.

"So many factories and companies are present there (during race weekend). A lot of people have told me that this (Sepang) paddock is the No 1 in the world in terms of B2B."

Poncharal has been visiting the country since the first Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1991.

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