KUALA LUMPUR — Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s title sponsor, Petronas at the recent Dutch Grand Prix in Assen, says it has successfully integrated its new engine oil, Petronas Sprinta with the Yamaha YZR- M1 of Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. Uniquely formulated to suit the characteristics of the Yamaha bikes, Sprinta is expected to boost the engine’s performance and reliability while providing superior engine cleanliness.
It was an opportune time for Petronas to introduce the new engine oil as rookie Fabio took pole position and finished third at the Dutch Grand Prix.
The development of Sprinta was completed in less than a year using Pe’ Petronas proprietary base oil produced in its refinery in Malaysia and it is the second product to be introduced by Petronas to the team, with Tutela (transmission fluids) being the first at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Noor Afiza Mohd Yusof, General Manager of Brand Management Department, Group Strategic Communications Petronas says: “Petronas is highly motivated to leverage on MotoGP to showcase its technology, products and people. When we first embarked on the project to develop products for the team, the timeline given was two years, but in less than a year, we have already successfully assimilated two products into the bikes – Tutela and Sprinta.
“We are proud to have reached this milestone at an accelerated pace and have Fabio take pole and finish the race on the podium with Franco coming in fifth.
<< This makes the Petronas Sprinta debut even more special >> — Noor Afiza Mohd Yusof
“Sprinta is specially designed to deliver performance and reliability because, in motorsports, it’s pointless going faster and having more power if you damage the engine or do not finish the race. The key for this success is the close working relationship that we share with Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd.,” said Dr Andrea Dolfi, Head, R&D Fluid Technology Solutions, Technology Research, Group Research & Technology, Project Delivery & Technology, Petronas.
Wilco Zeelenberg, Petronas Yamaha SRT team manager said: “We are proud of our first race result using both
Petronas Sprinta and Tutela. It has been highly impressive to see how quickly Petronas has responded to the unique challenges of MotoGP and been able to perform at the highest level right off the bat. To be on the podium for the first time with Sprinta feels fantastic and big compliments to everyone involved in this project.
<< We look forward to further developments through the season >> — Wilco Zeelenberg
After Assen, Sprinta’s ability was further underlined at the German Grand Prix last weekend where Fabio took his fifth consecutive qualifying front row start with Franco in the third row. The race, however, proved difficult as the former crashed in the opening stages of the race while the latter finished in top-10.