Following the announcement of PETRONAS stepping in as Title Partner, Sepang International Circuit [SIC] also unveiled its full rider line-up for the 2019 MotoGP season at Silverstone Circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix.
In the MotoGP class, Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo, will represent the team and will ride the Yamaha YZR-M1s.
Morbidelli the 2017 Moto2 World Champion, after a dominant season that saw him achieve an outstanding twelve podiums. Taking the step up to MotoGP this year, Morbidelli is a top contender for rookie of the year.
While 19-year old Quartararo makes the step up to the premier class following an impressive profile winning the FIM CEV Moto3 Championship in 2013 and 2014, the Frenchman went on to make his debut in the World Championship at just 15-years old. By only his second race, the youngster had already taken his first podium with a second-place finish in Austin, which he followed up with another second-place finish in Assen. Quartararo has continued to show impressive pace after his move up to the intermediate class in 2017 and with two podiums already under his belt this season, he will be an exciting young rookie to watch out for in MotoGP.
Along with the addition of the newly formed MotoGP Team, PETRONAS and Sepang International Circuit are delighted to announce the signing of Khairul Idham Pawi in Moto2 and John McPhee in Moto3.
Khairul Idham Pawi, a household name in the Malaysian and Asian racing scene, moved up to the World Championship in 2016, where he made his Moto3 debut. In only his second race of the year, the Malaysian claimed victory in Argentina, taking the win in spectacular style. He went on to take his second win of the season at the German Grand Prix. Pawi’s achievements saw him break the record for the youngest non-European rider to win a motorcycle Grand Prix race.
Having made the step up to Moto2 in 2017, Pawi took points on two occasions during his rookie year, with an 8th and 14th place finish. For 2018 the 19-year-old has continued to be a point scoring contender within the intermediate class.
Born and raised in Scotland in the United Kingdom, John McPhee is a 24-year-old rider with six years’ experience in the Moto3 class. As a former 125cc World Championship competitor, McPhee officially made his Moto3 debut in 2013, following eight wild-card races in 2012 with a best finish of 15th in Brno, and has been a full-time rider in this class ever since.
McPhee accomplished his first podium in 2015, claiming an impressive second place at Indianapolis. The Scottish rider has since added another five podiums – including a win in Brno in 2016 – and four pole positions to his achievements.
Joining McPhee will be current Moto3 team rider, Ayumu Sasaki. 2019 will mark the 17-year-old ‘s third consecutive Moto3 campaign after resigning with the team.