2020 Moto3 campaign underway for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing2020-02-19 11:47
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s 2020 campaign is now officially underway after the team revealed their livery for this year earlier today along with riders John McPhee and Khairul Idham Pawi at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto, to help kick off the start of the three-day test.
This year sees the return of two of the Malaysian team’s riders: John McPhee and KIP, who not only returns from injury but also returns to the category that saw him take his previous two World Championship race wins.
As one of the most experienced riders on the Moto3 grid, McPhee starts the 2020 season as a genuine title contender. The Scot had an incredible 2019 racking up two pole positions, one fastest lap and three podium finishes, which also includes the team’s first win (France).
KIP’s 2019 season was brought to an early end after he sustained a hand injury in Jerez. The affable Malaysian returns to the Moto3 category and has already made good progress in re-acclimatising to the Honda NSF250RW in the two day private test, held in Jerez earlier this month.
For 2020, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing also welcomes new sponsors Essens and their Flymeto brand, Yasuni, PBR and Tommy Hilfiger Eyewear and look forward to a successful year together. The squad will now focus on the current three day test in Jerez, before action moves to Qatar for the final pre-season test (28 February-01 March) ahead of the first round of the year (06-08 March).
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing should be a force to be reckoned with in the junior class. We truly believe this. It’s a year of reckoning for John McPhee as the most experienced rider in the field, coming off a strong 2019. For KIP, the return to Moto3 gives him the best opportunity to rebuild. Both riders complement each other really well so they should work well together over the season ahead. John was a regular podium contender last season, so we want more of the same in 2020. He has the pace and experience to challenge for the title. KIP returns to the category where he’s had previous podium success after his difficult 2019. We expect to see him get back his form and rhythm. We want to see him in the top-ten with the potential to make all Malaysians proud as he did in his first season in Moto3.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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