Petronas sponsors some of the top racing teams in the world, and celebrating the return of the Fiat Yamaha Team to its “home away from home” race, the national oil company kicked-off its 2010 Petronas MotoGP Carnival over the weekend. The nine-day event at the Esplanade in KLCC will run until Sunday 10 October. This weekend, Sepang plays host to the Malaysian round of the MotoGP.

The highlight of the carnival will be the special appearance by 2010 MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo of the Fiat Yamaha Team today (6 October) from 5.30 pm. Also making an appearance at the carnival is Malaysia’s very first Moto2 wildcard rider, Md Zamri Baba the following day. Lorenzo is favourite to win this year’s MotoGP. He leads the table with 297 points from Dani Pedrosa’s 228. The latter crashed in Japan last weekend and fractured his collarbone.

The two Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will be on display throughout the carnival. Other activities include a safety riding clinic by Hong Leong Yamaha and performances by local artistes. Daily trivia and contests offer visitors a chance to win attractive prizes. Buying VR46, JL99 and Petronas-Alpinestars merchandise gives fans a chance to win autographed Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi helmets. Tickets for the Malaysian GP will also be on sale.