Petronas and Sepang International Circuit (SIC), competing under the team Petronas Sepang Racing Team in the FIM MotoGP, will be parting ways at the end of the season.
In a statement released by SIC last week, the team is expected to make an announcement regarding its continuation in the MotoGP world championship from 2022 onwards under a new independent entity.
Petronas has been the Title Partner to SIC since 2018, through the Petronas Sprinta Racing in Moto2 and Moto3 categories. The project was expanded to the premier class MotoGP in 2019 via Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.
“SIC wishes to thank Petronas for the unwavering support during the partnership and remarkable journey together. We respect Petronas’ decision, and mutually agreed that this partnership has accomplished its purpose and objectives,” said SIC, CEO, Azhan Shafriman Hanif.
The partnership has enjoyed a meaningful partnership with great achievements and memorable moments with the team as well as introducing new local talents into the global motorsports arena such as Adam Norrodin and Khairul Idham Pawi.
Azhan added that this is not the end of the collaboration in motorsports as they continue their quest in nurturing Malaysia’s motorsports talents.
Petronas, who felt it is the right time to part ways, also took the opportunity to express their gratitude to SIC for their commitment towards ensuring the success of the partnership.
“We entered into this partnership with SIC to showcase our R&D capabilities, and we are proud that Petronas Fluid Technology Solutions have been instrumental towards establishing the team’s status as a championship contender,” said Petronas, Head of Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz.
The Malaysian MotoGP race, the 16th round of the 2021 calendar is scheduled to take place on the weekend of October 21st to 24th. There is no announcement yet if the race will be cancelled again due to the ongoing pandemic, which has caused the cancellation of the Thailand MotoGP race that was scheduled to take place the weekend before Sepang.