Official: Petronas Ends Sponsorship Of SRT Team, New Structure To Be Created

Petronas are to end their sponsorship of the Sepang Racing Team at the end of 2021. The news had been reported for a couple of days, but this morning, an official press release came from the Sepang International Circuit announcing the news officially.

Petronas had been title sponsor to the team since 2018, when they only had teams in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes. The next year, they increased the  budget to allow them to expand into MotoGP. Three seasons later, they are pulling out of sponsorship once again.

The consequences of this have yet to be announced. The team is set to make an official announcement at Silverstone, in two weeks time. But the team is expected to be reducing their presence in the MotoGP paddock to just the MotoGP team, closing their Moto2 and Moto3 teams.

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2021 Austria Moto3 FP3 Result: Guevara Shows Off

Nice and dry asphalt greeted the lightweight class for their final practice session at the Red Bull Ring but that just invited to a dawdling domino for the final time attack. After Darryn Binder and Deniz Öncü shared the limelight early on, the shootout for the top 14 started early by Moto3 standards, in the final seven or so minutes. Rookie Izan Guevara was quick to take control of proceedings as the fastest man of the weekend so far, six hundredths of a second ahead of Öncü.

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2021 Austria Moto3 FP2 Result: Binder Rules Before Rain Does

The second practice session for the lightweight class had a surprise in store and rather than any surprises on the timesheets, where FP1 leader Darryn Binder followed it up with another solid session, it came in the shape of rain and hail hitting the tarmac for the final ten minutes. That put a halt to any intentions to dethrone the South African, who remained the quickest man at the end of Friday, half a tenth quicker than championship leader Pedro Acosta. John McPhee kept close to secure third, while Dennis Foggia in fourth was still within a tenth of Binder’s top time.

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2021 Austria Moto3 FP1 Result: Binder In The Limelight

It was a sunny start to the second weekend in Austria and much like the headlines late on Thursday, the Petronas Sprinta team held top spot on the timesheets for a considerable amount of time in FP1. Darryn Binder was the lead protagonist, the South African leading the way early on and then picking it up again at the end of the time attack, to finish one tenth of a second ahead of Romano Fenati. The Italian was one of several KTM and KTM-adjacent riders debuting a carbon rear wheel cover, together with championship leader Pedro Acosta, who finished third in the session.

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Styria Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison On Bezzecchi's Return, Gardner's Woes, Ogura's Rise, And KTM Distractions

As ever Moto2 and Moto3 threw up a plenty of intrigue at the Styrian Grand Prix with one name putting his name back in the championship fight, while another cemented his place at the top. Here, we dive into some of the more pressing matters in both classes.

Bezz is back

It’s still a stretch. But Marco Bezzecchi put himself back into championship contention with his first win of the season on Sunday. The 22-year old shrugged off speculation surrounding his future by producing his strongest weekend for some time. This has always been a strong track for Bezzecchi’s braking abilities, with the Italian scoring wins here in 2018 (Moto3) and 2020 (Moto2). In the race, his speed through Turns 1 and 3 was crucial, and key to him recovering from a shaky early spell to reel in, then pounce on, Remy Gardner.

For much of this season, Bezzecchi has either struggled to qualify well, or manage tyre wear to live with the Red Bull Ajo team-mates. But he overcame both here, backing up his searing free practice pace by qualifying third on Saturday. Then, as he dropped from first to third in the early laps, he paid careful attention to the riding styles of Gardner and Aron Canet to make his way back to the front.

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2021 Styria Moto3 FP3 Result: Sasaki Stumbles To The Top

It was a sunny start for day two in Austria and the lightweight class had plenty of time to complete the challenge for top 14 positions. It eventually turned into a gravel to glory story for Ayumu Sasaki, who started the session in the gravel trap at turn four but rejoined the action in the closing stages to claim top spot at the checkered flag. The Japanese rider demoted colleague Jaume Masia by three hundredths of a second, with Filip Salac and Jeremy Alcoba making a late jump into the top four.

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