Sepang – The all-new Sepang International Circuit (SIC) Racing Team today officially unveiled their team and sponsors ahead of their eagerly-anticipated World Motorcycle Championship Moto3 debut in Qatar at the end of this month.
The Malaysian Moto3 outfit also received a massive boost when energy drink Drive M7 decided to back the team which will be officially registered as the DRIVE M7 SIC RACING TEAM this year.
“The support of a main sponsor and other official partners is almost the perfect start for the team this season. Acquiring sponsorship, especially for a new team, can be very challenging. However, like us at SIC, there are others who believe in the team and what it can achieve. We welcome these sponsors and thank them for their support,” commented SIC CEO, Dato’ Razlan Razali, at the official launch of the team and sponsors today.
Brandishing its exciting and colourful livery, the Drive M7 SIC Racing Team made their first official appearance today. With experienced team manager Johan Stigefelt at the helm, the team will have Malaysian Moto3 star Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Czech ace Jakub Kornfeil leading the team’s assault on the track.
Speaking at the launch, Mutiara Motors Group Sales and Marketing Director Mahathir Ahmad, representing the owners of Drive M7 Energy Drink, said, “It has always been our vision and passion to see local teams participating and competing at the highest stage. We were elated when Dato’ Razlan invited us to be a partner for the SIC Racing Team. We believe the team has a lot of experience and will offer stiff competition in the Moto3 category this year. It is a great honour for us to support our local team and also our local rider. Furthermore, collaboration with SIC gives us a lot of options to explore possibilities for our brands, namely Drive M7 Energy Drink and M7 Pro Oil, as they have many local and international events here at the Sepang international Circuit, besides international brand name exposure as sponsors.”
Meanwhile, Stigefelt said he felt the team was competitive enough to create some waves in Moto3. “I would like for us to reach some podiums and to be fighting within the top ten. I believe we have a strong team and two good riders that are determined to show what they are capable of. I think Jakub and Fahmi can do a great job. They get on very well and like to work together and I think this is another advantage for our team.”
“To have Drive M7 as our title sponsor means a lot to us. They bring a great profile to the team. It is a privilege to have them as our partner,” said Stigefelt, who is popularly known in the racing circles as Stiggy. “I would like to also thank Dato’ Razlan for trusting in me to bring this team together and SIC for allowing this opportunity. I hope to show our thanks and appreciation with good results.”
Zulfahmi, who is itching for action this season, said: “I have been racing in the World Championship for five years, so it is great that now I can ride for a Malaysian team. I’m also encouraged with the set-up we have now. I am very hopeful that it will be a better year than I