KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas have made an unexpected U-turn on their sponsorship of Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah for next year’s campaign.
Sepang Internation Circuit (SIC) confirmed that Petronas have pulled the plug on Hafizh, the rider will, however, continue to race next year with the newly-setup SIC Racing Team in Moto2.
The new Moto2 team, specifically setup for Hafizh, was initially named Petronas Sprinta Racing prior to Petronas pulling their sponsorship.
Hafizh had previously been a full-season rider in Moto2 with Petronas Raceline for the past four years.
"Petronas will not be with Hafizh for 2018 and subsequent seasons. Petronas will, however, fully support the Moto3 team," said SIC on Tuesday.
The Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3 team, which will be managed by SIC with sponsorship from Petronas, features Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki.