Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) will be taking part in two winter season tests in February and March before facing the 2021 MotoGP World Championship in Losail International Circuit, Doha, Qatar from March 26 to 28 2021.
Team principal, Datuk Razlan Razali said the two winter season tests are at Sepang International Circuit from Feb 19 to 21 and Losail International Circuit from March 10 to 12.
In this regard, Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto2 and Moto3 riders under the team would have a pre-season practice at Jerez Circuit in Spain from March 16-18.
“Considering that most of our racers have wide experience, we do not need to monitor the off- season performance of riders such as Darryn Binder and John McPhee, what’s more with Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi,” he told Bernama recently.
In this regard, Razlan announced Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto2 rider, Jake Dixon of United Kingdom is still undergoing treatment and is expected to back in action in the opening round in Qatar.
He said Dixon has began fitness activities such as running and cycling while still going through physiotherapy for his right wrist.
“We are confident he would be able to ride motorcycle as normal and would be ready for his maiden appearance in Qatar,” added Razlan.
Dixon fractured his right wrist during the second free practice at the Valencia Grand Prix early last month before deciding to go for a surgery in England.
Seven-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi of Italy, would be partnering compatriot, Franco Morbideli in MotoGP class for the team.
Petronas Sprinta Racing is also retaining Spanish rider, Xavi Vierge and Dixon for Moto2, but dropped national Moto3 racer, Khairul Idham Pawi who would be replaced by South African rider, Darryn Binder who would joining McPhee in Moto3.