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The SIC Racing Team is a Malaysian Grand Prix motorcycle racing team owned by the Sepang International Circuit. The team's main objective is to groom Malaysian riders.[1] First established in 2015 in the Moto3 class, the team expanded into the MotoGP class in 2019 as Petronas Yamaha SRT.

SIC Racing Team
SIC Racing Team logo.png
BaseMol, Belgium
PrincipalRazlan Razali
Johan Stigefelt
Wilco Zeelenberg
Rider(s)MotoGP:
21 Franco Morbidelli
20 Fabio Quartararo
Moto2:
89 Khairul Idham Pawi
Moto3:
17 John McPhee
71 Ayumu Sasaki
MotoE:
38 Bradley Smith
MotorcycleMotoGP - Yamaha
Moto2 - Kalex
Moto3 - Honda
MotoE - Energica
TyresMichelin, Dunlop
Riders' Championships –

HistoryEdit

The team first raced in Moto2 in 2014, with former Grand Prix racer Johan Stigefelt launching his own outfit in the middleweight class using a Caterham bike and with backing from Malaysian airline Air Asia. Finishing sixth in the championship with Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin, the team then morphed into the Sepang International Circuit Team team for the following season.

Charged with developing Malaysian talent, the team signed local rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin for their debut season in the lightweight class, joined by Czech racer Jakub Kornfeil. Kornfeil took two podium finishes for the team and finished 12th in the championship, while Khairuddin took a best finish of fifth at the Japanese Grand Prix. Kornfeil remained with the team for 2016, finishing the season in eighth and taking a podium finish at the team’s home race in Malaysia. Adam Norrodin, signed to replace Khairuddin, ended the year 28th with a pair of 11th place finishes his best results.

Retaining Norrodin and replacing Kornfeil with Japanese racer Ayumu Sasaki for 2017, the team ended the season 17th and 20th respectively. In October, they also announced a return to the Moto2 class for 2018, with Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin joining the squad[2] . Releasing Syahrin early from his contract to take over Jonas Folger's Tech 3 Yamaha seat in MotoGP, Khairuddin returned to the team for the start of the season.[3]

Retaining Sasaki and Norrodin for 2018, the pair finished the season in 20th and 21st, with Norrodin taking a best finish of fifth. Khairuddin was replaced on the team’s Moto2 squad after five rounds by Finnish racer Niki Tuuli, who finished the year in 32nd with a best finish of 15th.

Expansion into MotoGPEdit

In July 2018 it was announced that SIC Racing Team would make the step up to the premier class for the 2019 MotoGP season,[4] with Yamaha providing leased Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 MotoGP seasons.[5] Signing French rookie Fabio Quartararo and Italian rider Franco Morbidelli[6] and being joined by Petronas as title sponsor, the team became Petronas Yamaha SRT.[7][8][9] The team expanded their partnership with Petronas further at the 2019 Dutch TT, when the Malaysian oil company also joined the team as technical partner, with the team switching to Petronas' Sprinta engine oil.[10]

Retaining a presence in the Moto2 and Moto3 class, Malaysian rider Khairul Idham Pawi joined the team on their new Triumph-powered Kalex machine. In the Moto3 class, Sasaki remained alongside new signing John McPhee. McPhee gave the team their first ever Grand Prix victory at the French Grand Prix. The team also expanded into the new MotoE series, signing British racer Bradley Smith.

Grand Prix motorcycle resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Season Class Team Machine No Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 R.C.
2014 Moto2 AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing
AirAsia Caterham
Caterham Moto Racing
Suter MMX2 5   Johann Zarco QAT
23
AME
Ret
ARG
18
ESP
8
FRA
Ret
ITA
7
CAT
3
NED
4
GER
Ret
IND
10
CZE
9
GBR
4
RSM
3
ARA
3
JPN
4
AUS
Ret
MAL
4
VAL
3
6
2   Josh Herrin QAT
Ret
AME
Ret
FRA
22
ITA
Ret
CAT
16
NED
18
GER
Ret
IND
28
CZE
21
GBR
24
-
14   Ratthapark Wilairot ESP
19
RSM
23
ARA
22
JPN
19
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
19
-
2015 Moto3 DRIVE M7 SIC KTM RC250GP 84   Jakub Kornfeil QAT
17
AME
11
ARG
14
ESP
Ret
FRA
6
ITA
16
CAT
Ret
NED
20
GER
14
IND
22
CZE
9
GBR
2
RSM
17
ARA
14
JPN
12
AUS
5
MAL
6
VAL
3
12
63   Zulfahmi Khairuddin QAT
28
AME
20
ARG
20
ESP
26
FRA
14
ITA
26
CAT
24
NED
Ret
GER
19
IND
25
CZE
22
GBR
14
RSM
Ret
ARA
Ret
JPN
5
AUS
12
MAL
Ret
VAL
17
23
2016 Moto3 Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda NSF250RW 84   Jakub Kornfeil QAT
10
ARG
9
AME
11
ESP
5
FRA
9
ITA
17
CAT
10
NED
13
GER
4
AUT
19
CZE
6
GBR
15
RSM
5
ARA
Ret
JPN
13
AUS
Ret
MAL
2
VAL
7
8
7   Adam Norrodin QAT
20
ARG
11
AME
Ret
ESP
16
FRA
Ret
ITA
22
CAT
Ret
NED
19
GER
Ret
AUT
23
CZE
Ret
GBR
23
RSM
23
ARA
23
JPN
12
AUS
11
MAL
Ret
VAL
27
28
2017 Moto3 SIC Racing Team
Petronas Sprinta Racing
Honda NSF250RW 7   Adam Norrodin QAT
10
ARG
17
AME
19
ESP
Ret
FRA
DNS
ITA
18
CAT
18
NED
Ret
GER
13
CZE
9
AUT
8
GBR
12
RSM
Ret
ARA
15
JPN
Ret
AUS
8
MAL
11
VAL
17
17
71   Ayumu Sasaki QAT
11
ARG
20
AME
18
ESP
15
FRA
19
ITA
8
CAT
16
NED
15
GER
17
CZE
15
AUT
18
GBR
18
RSM
Ret
ARA
16
JPN
Ret
AUS
7
MAL
12
VAL
13
20
9   Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin MAL
Ret
-
2018 Moto3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW 7   Adam Norrodin QAT
11
ARG
5
AME
Ret
ESP
16
FRA
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAT
13
NED
21
GER
11
CZE
Ret
AUT
17
GBR
C
RSM
12
ARA
8
THA
15
JPN
19
AUS
7
MAL
23
VAL
21
71   Ayumu Sasaki QAT
8
ARG
16
AME
11
ESP
12
FRA
16
ITA
16
CAT
Ret
NED
19
GER
10
CZE
22
AUT
7
GBR
C
RSM
Ret
ARA
THA
Ret
JPN
9
AUS
10
MAL
18
VAL
11
20
26   Izam Ikmal QAT
ARG
AME
ESP
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GER
CZE
AUT
GBR
RSM
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
VAL
Ret
NC
Moto2 SIC Racing Team
Petronas Sprinta Racing
Kalex Moto2 63   Zulfahmi Khairuddin QAT
28
ARG
26
AME
27
ESP
Ret
-
66   Niki Tuuli FRA
22
ITA
17
CAT
Ret
NED
DNS
GER
DNS
CZE
21
AUT
21
GBR
C
RSM
21
ARA
22
THA
15
JPN
21
AUS
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
32
2019 Moto3* Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW 17   John McPhee QAT

13

ARG

21

AME

14

ESP

12

FRA

1

ITA

6

CAT

13

NED

5

GER

6

CZE

Ret

AUT

3

GBR

7

RSM

2

ARA

4

THA

Ret

JPN AUS MAL VAL
71   Ayumu Sasaki QAT

Ret

ARG

5

AME

Ret

ESP

15

FRA

14

ITA

Ret

CAT

8

NED

17

GER

9

CZE

11

AUT

13

GBR

6

RSM

Ret

ARA

13

THA

Ret

JPN AUS MAL VAL
Moto2* Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex Moto2 89   Khairul Idham Pawi QAT

17

ARG

13

AME

17

ESP

DNS

JPN AUS MAL VAL
54   Mattia Pasini FRA

Ret

ITA

11

94   Jonas Folger CAT

19

NED

17

GER

17

CZE

19

AUT

18

38   Bradley Smith GBR

Ret

47   Adam Norrodin RSM

Ret

ARA

DNS

THA

23

MotoGP* Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZR-M1 20   Fabio Quartararo QAT

16

ARG

8

AME

7

ESP

Ret

FRA

8

ITA

10

CAT

2

NED

3

GER

Ret

CZE

7

AUT

3

GBR

Ret

RSM

2

ARA

5

THA

2

JPN AUS MAL VAL
21   Franco Morbidelli QAT

11

ARG

Ret

AME

5

ESP

7

FRA

7

ITA

Ret

CAT

Ret

NED

5

GER

9

CZE

Ret

AUT

10

GBR

5

RSM

5

ARA

Ret

THA

6

JPN AUS MAL VAL
MotoE* One Energy Racing Energica Ego 38   Bradley Smith GER

2

AUT

3

RSM VAL
2020 Moto3* Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW 17   John McPhee
89   Khairul Idham Pawi
Moto2* Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex Moto2 96   Jake Dixon
97   Xavi Vierge
MotoGP* Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZR-M1 20   Fabio Quartararo
21   Franco Morbidelli

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Razlan defends SIC Racing Team's decision". nst.com.my. 2018-05-14.
  2. ^ "SIC Racing Team: Moto3™ riders remain, Syahrin in Moto2™". motogp.com. 2017-10-24.
  3. ^ "MotoGP: Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Confirms Hafizh Syahrin As Jonas Folger's Full-Time Replacement". roadracingworld.com. 2018-02-21.
  4. ^ "Angel Nieto Team join forces with SIC from 2019". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Yamaha signs memorandum of understanding with SIC". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Jarvis confirms: Morbidelli and Quartararo at SIC Yamaha". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ Sepang Racing Team Homepage, Retrieved 5 May 2019
  8. ^ Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha Racing, Retrieved 4 May 2019
  9. ^ Quartararo: "Incredible" to repay SRT Yamaha's faith Motorsport, 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019
  10. ^ "'Steel and chemistry' - Petronas now inside the M1". Crash. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-11.

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