AirAsia and MotoGP rights holders Dorna Sports
S.L. have signed an agreement for the airline to be the title
sponsor of the 2010 AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
AirAsia's foray into MotoGP started when
the airline sponsored AirAsia Malaysia 125cc riders Elly
Idzlianizar Ilias and Mohd Zulfahmi Khairuddin as wild card
entries in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang
International Circuit, Malaysia, in October 2009. The duo made the
team proud by being the first two wildcard riders to make it into
the top 20 for the 2009 season.
Zulfahmi went on to earn the ticket to race in
the FIM World Championship and will be the first ever Malaysian to
compete on the world stage in the 125cc class. The 18-year-old
will race for Ongetta Team I.S.P.A. and will be sponsored by
AirAsia Group CEO Mr Fernandes said, "We had our
first taste of MotoGP when we sponsored the entries of Elly and
Zulfahmi. It was a magnificent experience. The boys did Malaysia
proud, and we were thrilled to have helped make their dream a
reality. We are proud and excited to be back in the MotoGP this
year, with a bigger role by being the title sponsor of the British
Grand Prix in Silverstone."
Dorna Sports CEO Mr Ezpeleta added, "We are
extremely happy that the best low-cost airline has chosen MotoGP
to increase its impact on both the European and World stage, and
specifically in the United Kingdom. It is fantastic to go back to
Silverstone for this year's race, and to do it with a new sponsor
who has shown its dedication to the promotion of new talent makes
it even more satisfying."
AirAsia currently services an extensive network
of 130 routes covering 70 destinations. In just 8 years, AirAsia
has carried over 82 million passengers and grown its fleet from
just two aircraft to 85.
The 2010 AirAsia
British Grand Prix will take place at the Silverstone circuit from
18 -20 June.
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