Efforts to develop Malaysian racing talent in the Moto2 and Moto3 motorcycle championships sees national oil company Petronas and Sepang International Circuit (SIC) form the Petronas Sprinta Racing team in a strategic partnership. The partnership will draw on the Petronas Talent Development Programme (TDP) and SIC Talent Development Programme (SICTD) to identify and nurture budding racers from the Malaysian Cub Prix, Asia Road Racing Championship and Asia Talent Cup race series.

This joint effort will see Petronas expand its brand visibility at the top flight of motorcycle racing, MotoGP, while SIC will focus on day-to-day team and rider management. The team roster includes Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin, who recently left Petronas Raceline Malaysia after a 10-year career, as well as Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki who compete in the Moto3 class, with Johan Stigefelt taking the helm.

SIC chairman Tan Sri Azman Yahya said, “both Petronas and SIC share the common goal of developing talents for motorsports. It’s high time for both companies to join efforts in doing so and we are pleased that Petronas is aligned with our vision for the advancement of motorsports in Malaysia.”