MotoGP: Yamaha & Petronas Part Ways
Yamaha MotoGP News
For the past three years, the Malaysian oil and gas corporation Petronas has been a major sponsor for the factory Yamaha MotoGP team.
And this partnership was successful; during 2009 and 2010, Petronas shared two Triple Crown MotoGP titles (Championship, Rider, Manufacturer), the first with Valentino Rossi in 2009, and then Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.
But at the conclusion of 2011, the partnership reaches the end of the road.
Lin Jarvis (Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing) says: “The relationship between Yamaha and PETRONAS has been a great success, we have enjoyed some major achievements together in the MotoGP class. Now that the partnership has reached its natural conclusion I would like to thank our friends at PETRONAS for the support during their time with us and wish them well for the future.”
Mohammad Medan Abdullah (Senior General Manager of PETRONAS Group Corporate Affairs Division) says: “We are happy to have had this opportunity to work with the Yamaha Factory Racing team over the past three years.
“In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of strong brand exposure through the privilege of being associated with a team that shares our values and passion. The team has achieved many successes through a high level of competitiveness and stretched performance standards and we wish the team continued success in the future.”