Sepang Racing Team

The Sepang Racing Team[1] (formerly known as SIC Racing Team) was a Malaysian Grand Prix motorcycle racing team owned by the Sepang International Circuit. First established in 2015 in the Moto3 class and expanded in 2019, it fielded teams in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 championships. The MotoGP team was formally called Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (Petronas Yamaha SRT), while the Moto2 and Moto3 teams were named Petronas Sprinta Racing Team (Petronas SRT).[2]

Sepang Racing Team
Petronas Yamaha SRT.png
2021 nameMotoGP:
Petronas Yamaha SRT
Moto2:
Petronas Sprinta Racing
Moto3:
Petronas Sprinta Racing
MotoE:
ONE Energy Racing (2019)
WithU Motorsport (2020–2021)
BaseSepang, Malaysia
PrincipalTeam Principal:
Razlan Razali
Team Director:
Johan Stigefelt
Team Manager:
Wilco Zeelenberg
Rider(s)MotoGP:
04. Andrea Dovizioso
20. Fabio Quartararo
21. Franco Morbidelli
31. Garrett Gerloff
35. Cal Crutchlow
46. Valentino Rossi
96. Jake Dixon
Moto2:
17. John McPhee
38. Bradley Smith
66. Niki Tuuli
77. Adam Norrodin
89. Khairul Idham Pawi
96. Jake Dixon
97. Xavi Vierge
Moto3:
7. Adam Norrodin
17. John McPhee
26. Izam Ikmal
40. Darryn Binder
63. Syarifuddin Azman
71. Ayumu Sasaki
MotoE:
38. Bradley Smith
51. Eric Granado
84. Jakub Kornfeil
MotorcycleMotoGP:
Yamaha YZR-M1
Moto2:
Kalex Moto2
Moto3:
Honda NSF250RW
MotoE:
Energica Ego Corsa
TyresMotoGP:
Michelin
Moto2:
Dunlop
Moto3:
Dunlop
MotoE:
Michelin
Riders' Championships –

Following the 2021 season, the MotoGP team became known as RNF MotoGP Racing, with Moto2 and Moto3 being disbanded.

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 for the following season.

The team signed Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin for their debut season in the lightweight class,[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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 Sepang Racing Team would make the step up to the premier class for the 2019 MotoGP season,[6] with Yamaha providing leased Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 MotoGP seasons.[7] Signing French rookie Fabio Quartararo and Italian rider Franco Morbidelli[8] and being joined by Petronas as title sponsor, the team became Petronas Yamaha SRT.[9][10][11] 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.[12]

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.

Following Petronas withdrawing its sponsorship at the end of 2021, the MotoGP team became known as RNF MotoGP Racing, with Moto2 and Moto3 being disbanded.[13][14] A large part of the Moto3 operation was acquired by ex-racer Michael Laverty for a new team named Vision Track Honda to compete in the Moto3 World Championship with two British riders.

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 Points RC Points MC
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
146 6th 146 3rd
2   Josh Herrin QAT
Ret
AME
Ret
FRA
22
ITA
Ret
CAT
16
NED
18
GER
Ret
IND
28
CZE
21
GBR
24
0 NC
14   Ratthapark Wilairot ESP
19
RSM
23
ARA
22
JPN
19
AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
VAL
19
0 NC
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
89 12th 341 2nd
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
19 23rd
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
112 8th 350 2nd
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
14 28th
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
42 17th 445 1st
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
32 20th
9   Kasma Daniel Kasmayudin MAL
Ret
0 NC
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 Points RC Points TC Points MC
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
46 21st 96 10th 401 1st
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
50 20th
26   Izam Ikmal VAL
Ret
0 NC
Moto2 SIC Racing Team
Petronas Sprinta Racing
Kalex Moto2 63   Zulfahmi Khairuddin QAT
28
ARG
26
AME
27
ESP
Ret
0 NC 1 18th 407 1st
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
1 32nd
2019 MotoE One Energy Racing Energica Ego Corsa 38   Bradley Smith GER
2
AUT
3
RSM1
12
RSM2
8
VAL1
2
VAL2
2
88 2nd -
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
6
AUS
5
MAL
7
VAL
Ret
156 5th 218 5th 439 1st
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
13
AUS
7
MAL
Ret
VAL
19
62 20th
Moto2 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex Moto2 89   Khairul Idham Pawi QAT
17
ARG
13
AME
17
ESP
DNS
CZE
WD
3 30th 8 16th 442 1st
54   Mattia Pasini FRA
Ret
ITA
11
5 (35)[a] 20th
94   Jonas Folger CAT
19
NED
17
GER
17
CZE
19
AUT
18
0 NC
38   Bradley Smith GBR
Ret
0 NC
47   Adam Norrodin RSM
Ret
ARA
DNS
THA
23
JPN
22
AUS
23
MAL
Ret
0 NC
MotoGP Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZR-M1 20   Fabio Quartararo QAT
16F
ARG
8
AME
7
ESP
RetP
FRA
8F
ITA
10
CAT
2P
NED
3P
GER
Ret
CZE
7
AUT
3
GBR
Ret
RSM
2
ARA
5
THA
2P
JPN
2
AUS
Ret
MAL
7P
VAL
2P
192 5th 307 4th 321 2nd
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
6
AUS
11
MAL
6
VAL
Ret
115 10th
2020 SPA ANC RSM EMI FRA
MotoE WithU Motorsport Energica Ego Corsa 84   Jakub Kornfeil 16 12 16 12 13 13 15 15 18th -
QAT SPA ANC CZE AUT STY RSM EMI CAT FRA ARA TER EUR VAL POR
Moto3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW 17   John McPhee 2 Ret 2 5 3 Ret 1 10 Ret Ret 5 6 RetP 11 9 131 7th 131 8th 326 1st
89   Khairul Idham Pawi 26 22 20 22 DNS 21 24 24 19 27 27 22 Ret 28 0 NC
Moto2 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex Moto2 96   Jake Dixon 14 18 Ret Ret 14 8 16 6 Ret Ret 4 7 DNS 44 18th 123 10th 375 1st
97   Xavi Vierge 9 10 8 12 5 6 4 Ret Ret Ret 16 12 9P 13 10 79 10th
MotoGP Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZR-M1 20   Fabio Quartararo -[15] 1P 1PF 7 8 13 Ret 4 1F 9P 18P 8 14 Ret 14 127 8th 248[b] 2nd 204[c] 2nd
21   Franco Morbidelli -[17] 5 Ret 2 Ret 15 1 9 4P Ret 6 1F 11 1P 3 158 2nd
2021 SPA FRA CAT NED AUT RSM
MotoE WithU Motorsport Energica Ego Corsa 51   Eric Granado 13PF 1P RetPF 1PF 2F Ret 5 84 4th -
QAT DOH AME ESP FRA ITA CAT GER NED STY AUT GBR ARA RSM AME MAL ALG VAL
Moto3 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW 17   John McPhee Ret Ret 23 Ret 4 7 Ret 11 6 13 7 12 13 3 Ret Ret 11 77 13th 216 5th 360 2nd
40   Darryn Binder 3P 2 20 22 20 5 5F 14 7 6F 9 7 7P 6 7 4 DSQ Ret 136 7th
63   Syarifuddin Azman 13 3 30th
Moto2 Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex Moto2 17   John McPhee 20 0 37th 123 8th 450 1st
77   Adam Norrodin Ret 0 NC
96   Jake Dixon 7 Ret Ret DNS 18 14 18 21 18 11 11 19 10 13 Ret 16 30 20th
97   Xavi Vierge Ret 9 7 6 Ret Ret 3 Ret 8 9 14 8 Ret 8 8 Ret Ret 6 93 11th
MotoGP Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha YZR-M1 04   Andrea Dovizioso 21 13 13 14 12 12 24th 96 10th 309 2nd
21   Franco Morbidelli 18 12 4 3 16 16 9 18 40 (47)[d] 17th
31   Garrett Gerloff 17 0 29th
35   Cal Crutchlow 17 17 0 (0)[d] 28th
46   Valentino Rossi 12 16 Ret 16 11 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 8 18 19 17 15 10 13 10 44 18th
96   Jake Dixon 19 Ret 0 30th

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Non-bracketed number refers to the number accumulated with the motorcycle, with number in brackets referring to the total accumulated for the season.
  2. ^ Petronas Yamaha SRT riders scored 285 points, but the team was deducted 37 points after failing to respect MSMA technical changes protocols.[16]
  3. ^ Yamaha scored 254 points as a manufacturer, but were deducted 50 points after failing to respect MSMA technical changes protocols.[16]
  4. ^ a b Non-bracketed number refers to the number accumulated with the motorcycle, with number in brackets referring to the total accumulated for the season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Us | Sepang Racing Team". www.sepangracingteam.com. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  2. ^ Abdullah, Wahid Ooi (2019-01-29). "PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team – Malaysia's First MotoGP Team Launched!". BikesRepublic. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  3. ^ "7 Malaysians Who Made The World Championship". Red Bull. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  4. ^ "SIC Racing Team: Moto3™ riders remain, Syahrin in Moto2™". motogp.com. 2017-10-24.
  5. ^ "MotoGP: Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Confirms Hafizh Syahrin As Jonas Folger's Full-Time Replacement". roadracingworld.com. 2018-02-21.
  6. ^ "Angel Nieto Team join forces with SIC from 2019". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Yamaha signs memorandum of understanding with SIC". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Jarvis confirms: Morbidelli and Quartararo at SIC Yamaha". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  9. ^ Sepang Racing Team Homepage, Retrieved 5 May 2019
  10. ^ Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha Racing, Retrieved 4 May 2019
  11. ^ Quartararo: "Incredible" to repay SRT Yamaha's faith Motorsport, 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019
  12. ^ "'Steel and chemistry' - Petronas now inside the M1". Crash. 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-11.
  13. ^ Petronas Sepang Racing Team to conclude Moto GP 27 August 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021
  14. ^ Petronas SRT to cease operations Auto Action 27 August 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021
  15. ^ AFP (2020-03-02). "Qatar MotoGP cancelled over Covid-19 | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  16. ^ a b "Yamaha handed penalties, no effect on rider points". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  17. ^ AFP (2020-03-02). "Qatar MotoGP cancelled over Covid-19 | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 2020-10-25.

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