Following Petronas’ withdrawal as the title sponsor for the Petronas Sepang Racing Team (SRT), an announcement was made yesterday by SIC that there will no longer be Moto2 and Moto3 SRT teams next year.
Sepang CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif confirmed that the SRT Moto2 and Moto3 teams will close at the end of this season.
However, the official announcement by the team principal, Datuk Razlan Razali is expected to be made only at the Silverstone GP in a couple of weeks.
Azhan also mentioned that SIC has come to an agreement with SRT Team Principal Datuk Razlan Razali that SRT will be independent from SIC next year onwards, which means that the SRT is pretty much on its own without any backing from SIC.
While it is unknown who the new MotoGP team owners will be, SRT has already secured a new five-year deal in place for MotoGP grid places and, with all other teams already confirming their 2022 machinery, is set to extend its contract with Yamaha.
Another headache for Datuk Razlan is to find a new rider for SRT next year, as both the current riders will be leaving the team and the end of the season.
While Valentino Rossi will be retiring from the sport itself, Franco Morbidelli is set to join the Factory Yamaha Racing Team alongside current championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director Lin Jarvis confirmed that the Italian is to move up to the factory team for the 2022 season as Maverick Vinales will be joining Aprilia in 2022.
That being said, things are certainly looking shaky for the SRT at the moment without a title sponsor and riders. However, all the answers to our doubts and questions will be answered at the Silverstone Grand Prix.
So, watch this space for more updates on MotoGP and the Sepang Racing Team.
Just a week after Valentino Rossi announced that he will be retiring the end of the season, another shocking news involving the Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team has emerged today.
According to a report published by Crash.net and a few other sources today, Petronas, the title sponsor of the Sepang Racing Team in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes, will not be renewing their agreement for the 2022 season.
‘New independent entity’
It is said that the Sepang Racing Team will be continuing its journey in MotoGP under a new independent entity.
The report also said that SRT’s future will be made clear at the Silverstone round later this month, when its new satellite Yamaha contract should also be confirmed.
“SIC wishes to thank Petronas for the unwavering support during the partnership and a remarkable journey together,” said Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Chief Executive Officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif in a statement released regarding this issue.
“We respect Petronas’ decision, and mutually agreed that this partnership has accomplished its purpose and objectives.”
Fruitful two years
“We have enjoyed a meaningful partnership, with great achievements and memorable moments with the team. I believe this is not the end of our collaboration in motorsports as we continue our quest in nurturing Malaysia’s motorsports talents.”
“SIC is proud to have been involved in the formation and early development of the team that had surpassed expectations in its performance. We wish the team all the best in the next phase of its evolution under a new entity.”
Petronas’ Head of Strategic Communications, Datin Anita Azrina Abdul Aziz said, “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.”
“Together, we have created some standout moments in the sport, serving as an indication that we have achieved what we set out to do and we feel it is the right time for us to conclude the partnership.”
Contract with Yamaha ending at the end of the season
“On behalf of Petronas, we would like to express our gratitude to SIC for their commitment towards ensuring the success of the partnership.”
While it was reported that the Sepang Racing Team has already confirmed grid places for the next five years with Dorna, MotoGP’s governing body, the team’s current contracts with Yamaha and Petronas will be expiring at the end of this year’s season.
That said, whether the team will be running with a different bike manufacturer remains unknown for now.
Petronas Lubricants International recently organised an online webinar, bringing two experts from the commercial vehicle industry to share latest insights and best practices on truck maintenance, particularly pertinent during the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Malaysia which has increased demand for door-to-door delivery.
The webinar, which attracted more than 50 attendees ranging from fleet owners, suppliers and logistic partners, covered topics such as engine oil viscosity, engine deposits and how-to steps to prevent build up, as well as the role of lubricants.
The online webinar featured Petronas Lubricants International’s Chief Technology Officer, Eric Holthusen and Stefan Pertz, the co-founder of Asian Trucker Media.
“During this period, many businesses are facing the pressure of a surge in delivery demand, thus increasing the travelling hours and mileage covered by their fleet of commercial vehicles. This is a crucial time for us to pay close attention to maintaining engine health.”
“This collaborative sharing session seeks to support the industry players who are currently facing these challenges and to also make full use of the opportunities that the pandemic brings,” commented Eric Holthusen who oversees the Research & Technology, Business Technology and Global Technical Services and Fluid & Services Innovation of Petronas Lubricants International.
60-minute online webinar
The 60-minute online webinar also provided practical tips on managing severe operating conditions such as long-haul driving, repetitive driving cycles and tough driving conditions.
“Although the pandemic brings its own set of challenges, it also presents a multitude of opportunities for growth in the commercial vehicle industry.”
“The role of lubricants in maintaining the health of the engine of these commercial vehicles industry tend to go unnoticed but it is in fact a key factor to consider,” said Stefan Pertz, who brings with him over a decade of experience working with the industry.
The online webinar is part of Petronas Lubricants International’s efforts to provide relevant insights and findings to boost the industry’s growth and to support fleet owners in their decision-making process.
The only Malaysian mechanic in the MotoGP scene, Hibbatuulah Bin Mohamad Fuad, or more fondly referred to as Habib, recently inspired more than 250 future automotive students from Despark College with real-life industry insights to empower the next generation of working professionals in the motorsports industry.
Since the onset of the global health crisis, university students in Malaysia have had to experience virtual learning for over a year, bringing with it a range of challenges.
For students studying in vocational schools that involve mastering practical hands-on skills, these challenges are intensified.
The virtual talk session was organised by Petronas Lubricants International, the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of Petronas, in collaboration with DesparkCollege, a local leading automotive and aircraft maintenance college, as the second installation of its ‘Shaping Industry-ready Graduates’ series.
Students from Despark College were excited to hear about Hibbatuulah Bin Mohamad Fuad, or more fondly referred to as Habib’s professional journey from a young budding mechanic to his present role as a professional mechanic for Petronas Sprinta Racing, a Moto2 team in the MotoGP World Championship.
Inspiring future generation
“At Petronas Lubricants, we believe that there are opportunities for industry leaders within our ranks to take their vast knowledge and experience to inspire the next generation of those within the automotive industry. This collaboration with Despark College aims to do just that – to enrich the learning experience of these students with exclusive industry insights and learnings, and most importantly, to bridge the gap between theory and practical knowledge,” expressed Giuseppe Pedretti, Regional Managing Director Asia, Petronas Lubricants International.
Despark College students were able to gain insights into the automotive industry as well as hear from Habib’s experience as one of mechanics for Petronas Sprinta Racing, who has worked with some of the best engineers and scientists in the field.
Habib’s role at Petronas
Part of his role as a Moto2 team mechanic is to work with the fluids and lubricants developed by Petronas’ Fluid Technology Solutions, which significantly contributes to the team’s performance and provides the team with a competitive advantage.
Commenting further on the collaboration, Ahmad Firdaus Mansor, Business Development Manager of Despark College commented, “For us at Despark College, we care deeply about the quality of education and the learning experience of our students, especially in challenging times.
The collaboration with Petronas Lubricants is clearly providing our students with the relevant industry insights to further prepare our students.”
Apart from describing the technicalities of his job, Habib also shared the challenges and highlights of supporting the Petronas Sprinta Racing Team, and gave career advice to the students.
This event is organised as part of Petronas Lubricant International’s ‘Shaping Industry-Ready Graduates’ Series with the objective of bridging the gap between theoretical and practical knowledge in the motorsports industry.
The first series in April 2021, featured En De Liow, a Petronas Trackside Fluid Engineer who works closely with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team.
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.