The SIC Racing Team has confirmed its expansion into the Moto2 World Championship in 2018, with rostrum finisher Hafizh Syahrin leading the charge.

The Malaysian rider will continue to be backed by Petronas, as he has been throughout his Grand Prix career. Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will continue with the team in the Moto3 class next season.

The team’s move into the intermediate Moto2 category is the result of a collaboration between the Sepang International Circuit [SIC] and Petronas, forming the Petronas Sprinta Racing team.

Running in conjunction with the Petronas Talent Development Programme (TDP) and SIC Talent Development Programme, the team’s focus is on nurturing future talent from the Malaysian Cub Prix, Asia Road Racing Championship and Asia Talent Cup to pursue their racing careers in the Moto2 and Moto3 championships.

Syahrin said: “First I would like to say thank you very much to the SIC Racing Team for giving me this opportunity and believing in me. I will try my best for them in 2018.

“I’m so happy that I will continue in Moto2 next year and with my new team I’m really hopeful that I can do better. I have struggled a little during 2017 and only achieved two podiums; although I have accomplished my target for the year, I want more in 2018. The podium will always be my goal; to fight at the front and compete for the championship title.”

Team manager Johan Stigefelt said the announcement represented an exciting time for the team.

“I’m very happy to announce that we will continue with Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki in Moto3 next year and to unveil the expansion of our team into the Moto2 class for 2018, with rider Hafizh Syahrin,” he said.

“This is a very exciting time for us. We have seen this year the steps both Adam and Ayumu have taken and the progress they have made; they have improved throughout the season and continued to learn from both their mistakes and achievements.

“Everything we have done with them, all the data we have gathered, all the things we have learned as a team, will be of benefit to us next year. We have seen this already with Adam, who has made a big step from his rookie year in the Championship; we expect the same with Ayumu in 2018,” he added.

“It’s also very important for us that we are continuing with Honda. It will be our third year in collaboration. We have learned a lot about the NSF250RW over the last two years, so for sure we will be even stronger with the technical side of things next year.

“Going back to Moto2 will be great and we are very excited to have been given the opportunity to expand the team. Last time we were in the intermediate class was in 2014 with Johann Zarco and Josh Herrin, so we are not green to the category and I know we can make a good job there with Hafizh. We have put together a very good crew for him next year; they come with experience, knowledge and a solid CV of impressive results with previous riders; I know they will work very well together to get him where he needs to be.”

The SIC squad confirmed to Crash.net that they will race with Kalex machinery in Moto2.

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