MotoGP: PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team Unveil Their 2021 Campaign.

Published on March 1, 2021
By Dawn Hammersley

Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi have unveiled their Yamaha SRT 2021 Yamaha YZR-M1 in a Virtual Launch.

PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team is eager to start its third season in the MotoGP World Championship with riders: Moto2 World Champion Franco Morbidelli and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.

Franco and Valentino were introduced by Team Principal Razlan Razali, with further insights by Team Director Johan Stigefelt and Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg.

The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Team had a very successful 2020; they took six wins, finished second in the Team’s Championship, and Franco finishing as Vice-Champion. 2021 sees veteran rider Valentino Rossi join alongside fellow VR46 Academy rider Franco Morbidelli as he hopes to rekindle his form and return to battling for podiums and race wins.

Franco Morbidelli

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 [Valentino Rossi] and me. We have had a strong relationship for many years and we will learn a lot from each other. My personal target for 2021 is to get better; improve myself as a person, rider and athlete. I know it’s hard and difficult because last year we were quite fast and we made great races and achieved great results. Nevertheless, we will have to try to improve compared with 2020, so that’s my aim, try to be better year after year.

Valentino Rossi

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 targets 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. 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.

Razlan Razali -Team Principal

We are proud to represent Malaysia and PETRONAS on the world stage in MotoGP for a third season as PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team. 
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.
The team has enjoyed an incredible trajectory since entering the sport and we are thankful to PETRONAS and Yamaha for enabling this through their strong support and shared philosophy and aspirations.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Director

We look forward to the season ahead with pride in what we have achieved in previous years, but with the awareness that our opposition never sits still, so we must not either. We have achieved great results in MotoGP in our first two seasons but we certainly were not perfect. Over the off-season we have targeted improvements across the board. Looking at our riders across the categories, the potential is huge as we are strong in every class. Our targets are higher than before, but so is our potential. Our dream is to get a win in every category on the same weekend; it’s a lot to ask, but it’s not impossible!

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