The Petronas Sepang Racing Team announced that the team will fully withdraw by the end of the 2021 season, paving the way for a completely new team to join MotoGP for the 2022 season.
The team announced that it will cease all activities, racing, and non-racing in Moto3, Moto2, and MotoGP at the end of the 2021 world championship season. A new entity, whose identity and title partner are to be announced at Misano, will take over for 2022 with Sepang Racing team principal Razlan Razali and team director Johan Stigefelt.
“The team will race its final race in Valencia and we thank all our crew, riders, fans, and partners for their support. In particular, we thank Petronas, with whom none of this would have been possible. Together we pushed the Petronas brand and Malaysian expertise to the forefront of the grid and captured unprecedented brand exposure and coverage, exponentially surpassing all expectations,” Razali said.
“From a small start in 2015, there was a great step for us in 2018 when we secured an entry to the premier class of MotoGP and built a MotoGP squad from scratch. In 2019 we were on the grid and just four races into our rookie season we were on the front row.
“By the seventh race, we were on the podium. In 2020 we secured the first race win for a satellite Yamaha MotoGP team in over 20 years and finished second in the overall team and rider championships. In 2021 we raced with the Greatest Of All Time rider, Valentino Rossi. This is an incredible story.”