PETALING JAYA: The freshly branded RNF MotoGP Team are set for a new era as part of the Yamaha line-up in 2022.
The team have inked a deal with Yamaha to become their satellite team for 2022 with the option of extending the partnership for the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP seasons.
Sepang Racing Team were rebranded RNF MotoGP Team after Petronas did not renew their sponsorship but former Sepang International Circuit and team principal Datuk Razlan Razali remained at the helm.
The team also signed a five-year deal with International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA) to continue participating as an independent team in the premier class of the MotoGP world championship until 2026.
Moto3 talent Darryn Binder was also announced as the teammate to Italian veteran Andrea Dovizioso on Thursday.
The South African will make the direct leap to the premier class but is already a well-known name, thanks to his brother Brad Binder, who is the 2016 Moto3 champion and now riding in MotoGP for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.
Razlan is excited with the mix of experience and youth in the team.
“We have today reached a historical milestone for the new RNF MotoGP Team,” said Razlan.
“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.
“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, we are set for a competitive comeback with Yamaha for the 2022 season,” said Razlan.
Managing director of Yamaha Motor Racing Lin Jarvis said: “When Razlan and the Sepang Racing Team embarked on their MotoGP adventure at the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, none expected them to 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.”