Overall, first year for Sepang Racing Team Petronas was a really positive one, considering that Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo were fast during the season in which they both got some stunning first rows and even pole position with French Rookie who surprised everyone. “The Diable” was even able to made some fantastic races and fought for the win sometimes as happened in Misano and Buriram and got stunning podiums in a superb rookie year where he conquered Rookie of the Year title.
Over that, the Team achieved another important result as long as the crew conquered Indipendent Team title, an important result for everyone in the debut year where maybe even the staff did not expect this kind of goals. At the end, with still one race on the calendar planned, Sepang Racing Team Petronas obtained sixteen first rows with five pole positions and finished six timeso n the podium.
That is why Yamaha decided to give two A-SPEC bikes to their riders; in 2019, only Franco Morbidelli had this opportunity, while next year, on paper, every Yamaha rider should have the same bike. This will surely help the whole development and every rider to be faster, with more data on the line to be reviewed to make a lot of improvements on Yamaha side. The announcement arrived during Malaysian GP, home one for PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team who could not chose a better place for the official statement.
Of course there is a lot of satisfaction from Rarzlan Razali, Team Principal: “This first season was simply incredible for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team in the major class. We are grateful to PETRONAS for the support and Yamaha for the faith in us. Franco and Fabio made an amazing job and contributed to our success in 2019 and having both riders on the same bike will help up to achieve even better things. We are proud to make this announcement in Malaysia, our home”
Even Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing Srl believes that this is the right thing to do for everyone: “We are very happy to confirm the agreement here in Sepang for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team to field two A-spec YZR-M1 bikes for 200 season. Franco and Fabio made an incredible job and some strong results this year. PETRONAS’ support for crucial on permitting the team to make a further step forward for 2020 with two A-spec bikes. Yamaha will give the best possible support to enable them to make further progress in 2020 with race wins as well as hopefully achieving best Indipendent rider and Team crowns”