October 22, 2021―Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. signed a one-year deal to supply YZR-M1 bikes to the newly branded RNF MotoGP Team in 2022, with options to extend the partnership for 2023 and 2024.
Sepang Racing Team is rebranded RNF MotoGP Team, with former CEO of Sepang International Circuit and Team Principal Razlan Razali remaining at the helm. The team has signed a five-year deal with IRTA that sees the remodelled set-up continue participating as an Independent Team in the premier class of the FIM MotoGP World Championship until 2026.
The signed agreement between Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and RNF Racing Ltd. foresees the satellite team leasing Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles for 2022, with the option to extend the partnership for the 2023 and 2024 FIM MotoGP World Championship seasons.
Lin Jarvis – Yamaha Motor Racing Managing Director
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the now rebranded RNF MotoGP Team. When Razlan Razali and the Sepang Racing Team embarked on their MotoGP adventure at the end of 2018 and the start of 2019, nobody could have expected how they would 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. Moreover, Yamaha has always been clear that it wants to continue to have four bikes in total on the MotoGP grid: two bikes in the Factory Team and two bikes in the Independent team.
“We expect that the current one-year deal will be extended in the middle of 2022 for 2023 and will continue into 2024. We will do our best to support the newly founded RNF Racing Ltd. to achieve their goals and to provide the steppingstone for future talents to enter into the world of Yamaha in MotoGP.”
Razlan Razali – Founder & Team Principal, RNF Racing
“We have today reached a historical milestone for the new RNF MotoGP Team. 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.
“The achievements that we have shared together in the first three years of our partnership with wins, podiums, pole positions and awards has been memorable and motivates us towards greater heights. We have the experience from our past successes, supported by the same strong and passionate crew from our MotoGP garage, with a solid rider’s line- up, so we are set for a competitive comeback with YAMAHA for the 2022 season."