In a special press conference on Friday evening at Silverstone SIC racing team confirmed racing plans and riders for all 3 classes for 2019 season.
After confirming earlier in the season that Petronas backed SIC squad will replace Tech3 as a Yamaha satelite team after obtaining Jorge Martinez Aspar’s racing spots for 2019 season, it was officially confirmed that the team will field Italian Franco Morbidelli and Frenchman Fabio Quartararo as riders in MotoGP class on Yamaha YZR-M1 motorcycles. Morbidelli, who is joining the team from MarcVDS Honda squad, will use what was called “spec A” factory bike, while Quartararo, who is joining the team as a rookie from Moto2, will use “spec B” motorcycle.
In Moto2 class it was confirmed that Niki Tuuli, who joined the team from Le Mans race onwards, won’t continue with them for 2019 season and will be replaced by Malaysian Khairul Idham Pawi, who will move to the team after spending 2-years with Honda team Asia in the class.
In Moto3 class Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki will stay with the team for the third consecutive season in the class after making debut with them in 2017. He will be joined in the team by experienced Scot John McPhee, who is moving from CIP KTM squad. Their current second rider in Moto3 Adam Norrodin will left the team and will very likely move to CEV Moto2 championship for next 2 seasons.
There will also be some differences in whole structure of the team, with current SIC racing team boss Johan Stigefelt leaving the role to become team’s director next season, while Jorge Martinez Aspar will assume the position of Sporting Advisor inside MotoGP team.
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