Leading low cost airline AirAsia is revving up for an adrenalin-fuelled three days at the 2012 AirAsia Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, where one lucky fan will have the chance to take home their own slice of the action – a KTM superbike.
This year’s event is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with record crowds expected at the 26-28 October event featuring the greatest riders on the planet including ‘King’ Casey Stoner and the ‘Doctor’ Valentino Rossi.
The event will be Stoner’s last race on home soil after earlier this year announcing he will retire at the end of the current MotoGP World Championship season.
Fans will enjoy more on and off track entertainment than ever before with the addition of the Australian Supercross Championships, the new MotoGP Fan Forum, the Globe of Death, Flair Moto Trials and more.
They’ll also have the chance to win a one-of-a-kind AirAsia KTM 1190 RC8 worth $27,000 thanks to major sponsor, AirAsia and KTM. To enter, participants must grab an AirAsia promo ‘passport’ from AirAsia promo staff and have their passport stamped at ‘checkpoints’ located at each of the four AirAsia booths around the Phillip Island circuit area.
AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani will award the prize to the winner on Sunday afternoon.
"One lucky MotoGP fan won’t just be watching all the action from the sidelines, they’ll be experiencing it themselves with this ultimate flying machine," Mr Osman-Rani said.
"The KTM has one of the most powerful V2 engines of our times and one of the best chassis in the world - totally street-legal. We’re really excited to be able to give away such an incredible prize and encourage all fans to join in the fun for their chance to win."
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said AirAsia was proud to be associated with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix as Australia was an important market for the growing company.
"Our airline believes in MotoGP because it allows us to expand our brand awareness and also helps us reach a young audience who are going to use our broad range of services," Mr Fernandes said.
"Our involvement in the MotoGP World Championship increases every year. AirAsia has also been involved in the sponsorship of teams and riders which demonstrates our belief in motorcycle racing, a thrilling sport with millions of fans around the world.
"Phillip Island is gearing up to be one of the most thrilling races of the year and AirAsia is proud to be supporting this event and further strengthening its presence in Australia which is one of our strongest markets."
The airline supports riders including 21-year-old Team AirAsia-SIC-Ajo rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who created history by becoming the first Malaysian to step foot on the World Championship podium after finishing second at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang held last weekend.
It was a double celebration for AirAsia in Sepang as Red Bull KTM rider Sandro Cortese, who is also racing under the AirAsia banner, won the first ever Moto3 World title to write another chapter in KTM's successful history of always being "Ready to Race".
AirAsia’s has a strong relationship with KTM with Khairuddin and the Ajo Team racing on KTM factory bikes – the fastest on the track for Moto3.
Khairuddin will race this weekend at Philip Island.
The championship will head to Europe for the final race of the season in Valencia which will take place from 9-11 November.
Jeff Leisk, General Manager of KTM Australia said, "KTM is proud to be partnering such a dynamic airline like AirAsia at the Australian MotoGP with our flagship RC8 Superbike. Like AirAsia KTM is also dynamic in the world of motorsport claiming its first road racing world championship last weekend in Malaysia in the Moto 3 class."
AirAsia X together with AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the region’s most extensive network with over 160 routes across 20 countries. AirAsia has been named World’s Best Low Cost Airline in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for four consecutive years in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Long haul, low fare carrier AirAsia X operates out of the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. It launched services in Australia on the Gold Coast in November 2007.