The Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team is all set to start its third season in the MotoGP World Championship campaign with riders Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi, who showcased their 2021 Yamaha YZR-M1 through a virtual launch.
After a stellar second season in 2020, where the team and rider Franco Morbidelli finished the year as vice champions in their respective championships, Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team is eager to continue its extraordinary story of success as the first-ever Malaysian team in MotoGP.
In 2019 the team became Top Independent Team, finishing fourth in the overall team standings, with rider Fabio Quartararo taking the Rookie of the Year title and Top Independent Rider.
Over the course of last year the team was on the top step of the podium six times as well as leading the standings for most of the year before finishing the season as the Top Independent Team – and second in the overall standings – with Franco Vice Champion as well as Top Independent Rider.
2021 sees Franco joined by Greatest Of All Time rider Valentino Rossi who will add an extra dimension of championship winning knowledge and potential to the squad. Featuring an updated look with the latest Petronas branding, the team’s Yamaha YZR-M1 will be in Factory-spec for Valentino and A-spec Plus for Franco.
2021 also marks the third year of Petronas as the team’s title partner. The impressive results achieved by the team over the past two seasons are a testament to the Malaysian energy company’s Fluid Technology Solutions that powered PYSRT to its six MotoGP wins in 2020.
“We are looking forward to the season ahead, eager to give Franco and Valentino the best opportunity. For Franco, it’s a fabulous opportunity to achieve even better things than his stellar season in 2020 and for Valentino we’re hoping a new team will give him the best opportunities to harness his talent and expertise,” said Razlan Razali, the Team Principal.
“This will be my third year with the team and there are many things I like about Petronas Yamaha SRT. The 2021 YZR-M1 livery is similar to the last two years, but still changed; it’s the same but different so I like it. What is different from last years is my teammate; I expect and hope it will be a great season for Vale and me,” said Franco Morbidelli.
Valentino Rossi on the other hand, said, “I’m very proud to be part of Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team. It’s a new challenge for me. This is a very young team, but in the last two years they have already been really competitive. I’m happy to see my new bike for this year and I really like the colours of the livery, leathers, helmet, etc. It looks awesome. My target for 2021 is to be competitive, fight to win races, fight to achieve podiums and also fight for a good position in the World Championship standings at the end of the season.”
Rossi is “ready to start”
“We are all very focused on our targets to make the best we can. I think that with Franco we are a very interesting couple of riders as we know each other really well. All the whole team has a lot of motivation and I will give my maximum to achieve together the best possible result at the end of the calendar. We are ready to start.”
Bermaz Motor, the authorised distributor of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia, has signed a supply agreement with Petronas Lubricants Marketing Malaysia Sdn Bhd (PLMM) for the Supply of Petronas Syntium Full-Synthetic Engine Oil for a period of five Years.
Beginning next month, the use of full synthetic engine oil will retrospectively apply to all Mazda vehicles under the Free Service Maintenance without additional cost to our customers.
Bermaz also extended the validity of 5 Years Warranty & 5 Years Free Service Maintenance to Mazda owners affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) recently.
“We are very pleased to be working with Bermaz Motor in supplying our latest Petronas Syntium with Cooltech™ technology which has been formulated to fight against excessive engine heat for better engine performance,” said Hardeep Kirpal Singh, Chief Executive Officer of PLMM for Petronas.
PLMM’s product portfolio encompasses Passenger Car Motor Oils (PCMO), Motorcycle Oils (MCO), Commercial Vehicle Lubricants (CVL) as well as Industrial and Marine Lubricants (IML) that caters for consumers, commercial and industrial consumption. PLMM has three main flagship brands, namely PETRONAS Syntium, PETRONAS Sprinta and PETRONAS Urania.
As more Malaysians turn to the e-hailing industry as a source of supplementary income, Proton has unveiled an offer to incentivise car buyers in a move to promote the use of their vehicles within the e-hailing industry.
Buyers who purchase a new Proton Persona, Iriz, Exora, Saga or Proton X70 from authorized Proton sales outlets, will now be rewarded with a Petronas fuel gift card worth RM500 or, if they prefer, a price rebate of the same value.
In order to qualify, a customer would need to submit a copy of a valid PSV E- Hailing license as proof and register the vehicle under their own name. In addition to the gift card, additional rebates are being offered on selected models, ranging from RM300 to RM1,500.
The promotion will run until 31 December 2020 and is also open to individuals purchasing a car to be used for E-Hailing by a different driver.
In this instance, a Letter of Consent stating the purpose of the purchase would be required along with the full name and IC number of the E- Hailing Driver(s) and a copy of their PSV E-Hailing license.
“We want to make it easier for the latter group to purchase a Proton to be used for E-hailing. Therefore, if the buyer is the wife and the driver is her husband, we just need valid documentation for verification to approve the purchase,” said Fazli Hisham Shukor, Head of Corporate Sales, Proton Edar.
The programme is also designed to ease the decision making process for those new to the industry as well as current drivers who are looking to replace their current cars. For more information, interested parties can either contact the nearest Proton Edar outlet.
Petronas Dagangan Berhad (PDB), via its subsidiary, Petronas Lubricants Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (PLMM) is setting up mobile car service workshops at Hospital Sungai Buloh, University of Malaya Medical Centre and Hospital Kuala Lumpur between 20 and 28 April 2020 to provide convenient auto services to healthcare front-liners during this restricted period.
The initiative is part of Petronas’ corporate social responsibility programme in easing the burden of front-liners battling the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help them stay safe on the road. During this period, the Company will be offering free Petronas Syntium lubricant change for car engines, carried out by its appointed service provider, RessQ60Min powered by MyAssist. Other services such as change of battery, oil or aircond filter and wipers are also made available at a chargeable rate.
Petronas will also be extending the same service at three of its AutoExpert outlets located in Sri Kembangan, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam to cater to healthcare front-liners who are within 10 kilometers of the vicinity.
PDB’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Azrul Osman Rani said, “Petronas appreciates the dedication and sacrifices made by the front-liners during these challenging times. Apart from the contribution of medical equipment and supplies, as well as food and beverage supply made earlier by the Group, we have now expanded it to include car servicing. We want them to be safe on the roads, and provide them with the comfort that their car is well-taken care of while they focus on attending to the patients.”
Earlier, Petronas Group, through its corporate social responsibility arm Yayasan Petronas, contributed RM20 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to help hospitals and healthcare front-liners mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. The Group had also reached out to 800 deserving families through a special initiative, the Sentuhan Kasih COVID-19 programme, providing food aid to the B40 community in Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan to ease their burden during the Movement Control Order period.
PDB has also been contributing cartons of Mesra Mineral Water and Mesra Bites buns to medical staff stationed at the COVID-19 Screening Centre at Hospital Sungai Buloh. Additionally, the Company also contributed cartons of Mesra Mineral Water to University of Malaya Medical Centre and Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Polis Diraja Malaysia and St. John Ambulance, as well as Mesra Bites buns to the Malaysian army.
The 41st edition of the world’s most difficult race has come to an end after 5,000 kilometers driven on extreme terrains.
Gerard de Rooy achieved the third place in the overall classification, winning another podium for Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO.
The Team succeeded in taking its four trucks all the way to the last checkpoint, placing all of them in the Top 10.
Meanwhile, Federico Villagra came fourth, with Ton Van Genugten and Maurik van den Heuvel achieving 7th and 10th position in the overall classification.
The first challenge facing every team competing in a Dakar Rally is to reach the final finish line, and only a few manage to do this with all their vehicles: this year, Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO has not only won a podium placement, it has also succeeded in taking all four IVECO Powerstars to the finish line in the Top 10.
The Dakar 2019 finished with the stage linking Pisco and Lima with 112 timed kilometers, in which Ton van Genugten won his second special of this year’s edition, making it three special wins for the Team in the ten days of the race.
The three other IVECO Powerstar trucks crossed the finish line shortly after, with Team Leader Gerard de Rooy finishing in the Top 5 for seventh time in this edition of the Dakar. His fifth place in the last stage clinched his place on the podium as third overall.
Federico Villagra finished the most difficult rally raid in the world achieving a fourth position in the overall classification.
Maurik van den Heuvel placed the fourth IVECO Powerstar truck in the Top 10 in the overall classification.
The Dutchman was fourth, achieving another great result for Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO, which not only succeeded in taking its four trucks to the finish line, but placed them all in the Top 10.