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MotoGP, New RNF team (ex-Petronas) set to race with Yamaha also in 2022

Agreement reached for next season, with an option also for 2023 and 2024. Razlan Razali will continue to be at the helm of the new team

MotoGP: New RNF team (ex-Petronas) set to race with Yamaha also in 2022


Yamaha has announced the signing of an agreement with RNF Racing Ltd. The new RNF MotoGP team, born from the ashes of the Petronas team, is ready for a new era as part of the Yamaha line-up in 2022 and eventually 2023 and 2024.

The Sepang Racing Team is rebranded the RNF MotoGP Team, with the former CEO of the Sepang International Circuit and Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm. The team has signed a five-year agreement with IRTA to continue participating as an independent team in the premier class until 2026.

The agreement signed between Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. foreseesthat the satellite team will have the YZR-M1s for 2022, with the option of extending the partnership for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha, said: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with the now rebranded RNF MotoGP Team. When Razlan Razali and the Sepang Racing Team embarked on their MotoGP adventure at the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, nobody could have expected how they would take the premier class by storm. The impressive 2019 season and exceptional 2020 season results underline the professionalism and quality of this team that will soon be renamed RNF MotoGP Team.”

"The core DNA of this team remains, so we are confident to continue with them as our official supported satellite team. Moreover, Yamaha has always been clear that it wants to continue to have four bikes in total on the MotoGP grid: two bikes in the Factory Team and two bikes in the Independent team. We will do our best to support the newly founded RNF Racing Ltd. to achieve their goals and to provide the stepping stone for future talents to enter into the world of Yamaha in MotoGP."

Razlan Razali added: “We have today reached a historical milestone for the new RNF MotoGP Team. I would like to thank Yamaha for the trust and confidence given to me and the team for the upcoming season despite the changes that happened this year. The achievements that we have shared together in the first three years of our partnership with wins, podiums, pole positions, and awards has been memorable and motivates us towards greater heights. We have the experience from our past successes, supported by the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, with a solid rider line-up, so we are set for a competitive comeback with Yamaha for the 2022 season."


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