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Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is currently investigating reports of water seepage on the track during a test session. SIC said it is working with track design firm Dromo, which was involved in the recent track resurfacing, and track maintenance contractor Nippon Road, to investigate the cause and to ensure that the problem does not recur.

The MotoGP test session, conducted with riders from Ducati, Honda and Yamaha to provide tyre supplier Michelin with data, was held on July 8. A heavy thunderstorm happened in Sepang a day before that.

SIC said that the occurrence of heavy downpours presents an ideal opportunity to test the design and effectiveness of the new surface ahead of this season’s Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix and the end of September and the MotoGP race at the end of October.

“This will allow all parties to observe, evaluate and take the necessary actions to further improve the track to the highest standards. Our top priority is to ensure that all track users get the best experience possible,” SIC said in a statement.

“We would also like to clarify that the paper used was an absorbent industrial grade paper approved for use in standard track maintenance by FIM, and not paper towels as reported. This type of paper has also been used at other tracks to aid in drying the track,” it added.

After a comprehensive renovation of the track itself, SIC is now turning its focus on the periphery – according to The Sun, there will be a RM1.13 billion masterplan that will see the circuit become an “integrated, multifaceted entertainment hub” over the next five to seven years. Full story here.