Razlan Razali distances himself from Petronas articles | MotoGP
Razlan Razali, Team Director of Sepang Racing and Founder of the Yamaha MotoGP “RNF” Replacement Satellite Team, issued the following statement apologizing for any offense caused to Petronas by articles written from an interview that he gave to Speedweek.com.
Although Razali does not name Petronas at any time, the articles in question concern “the termination of the title partner of PSRT” for 2022.
It is not clear which parts of the articles offended Petronas, requiring an official “response,” but they included the suggestion that a personality clash between Razali and a senior Petronas official could have been a factor in the split.
Sepang Circuit CEO Azhan Shafriman Hanif adds, “The said articles do not express the views or opinions of SIC as [SRT] team owner … We respect Petronas’ decision to enter into the title partnership and strongly believe the separation was mutual and, most importantly, amicably agreed upon.
BY RAZLAN RAZALI, MAIN TEAM OF PETRONAS SEPANG RACING TEAM (PSRT) ON SPEEDWEEK.COM ARTICLE
RAZLAN RAZALI, MAIN TEAM OF PETRONAS SEPANG RACING TEAM
Referring to several online press articles published regarding the shutdown of PSRT title partner, Razlan Razali, PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team manager, responded.
“I sincerely regret the result of the way the articles were written and the impact they received. I never intended to create friction between myself and the parties involved. With that, I apologize if the parties mentioned by these reporters are offended in any way. We have mutually agreed that the partnership has achieved its purpose and objectives and given the global economic situation due to the pandemic, I respect the decision made by the title partner to terminate the team. The team and its title partner have accomplished and accomplished so much in the three years of our collaboration and I thank our partner for the commitment and support given as we ended on a high note in the last race in Valencia. .
AZHAN SHAFRIMAN HANIF, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL SEPANG CIRCUIT (SIC)
“Said articles do not express the views or opinions of CIS as the owner of the team, nor are they shared, endorsed or endorsed in any way. We respect Petronas’ decision to enter into the title partnership and strongly believe the separation was mutual and, most importantly, amicably agreed upon. We would like to thank Petronas for their continued support throughout the partnership.
It was a major surprise when Petronas announced in August that it would not be renewing its initial three-year SRT title sponsorship deal, which had been instrumental in shaping the new MotoGP team for 2019.
The withdrawal immediately marked the end of the SRT Moto2 and Moto3 teams for 2022, while the first-class project was initially to be renamed under the same management.
However, a split between Razali and SRT director Johan Stigefelt saw the Malaysian forming the new RNF squad on his own, securing places on Dorna’s SRT grid and securing Yamaha’s machines.
The new team will lead Andrea Dovizioso and rookie Darryn Binder in MotoGP next season, with reigning sponsorship from WithU.
After poles and podiums in SRT’s first MotoGP season, Razali stepped down as CEO of the Sepang circuit to focus full-time on SRT for 2020, when the team made history with the first. Yamaha MotoGP satellite victory.
SRT claimed six wins evenly split between Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, with the Frenchman leading much of the world championship and the Italian ultimately finishing second behind Joan Mir of Suzuki.
The Malaysian squad couldn’t replicate the runaway success in 2021, when MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi traded places with Quartararo, with the team managing just one podium with Morbidelli before the Italian was forced to have knee surgery.