PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team have proven to be the top satellite team for the second consecutive year, taking the 2020 MotoGP Independent Teams championship at Valencia two weeks ago and securing second place in the MotoGP Team Standings.
Franco Morbidelli’s victory at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana secured the title and maintained a 100% Independent Team win record for the Malaysian squad since their debut in the premier class in 2019.
In what has been a challenging season due to the global pandemic, PETRONAS Yamaha SRT kept their nerve and showed from the very first round that they were a team to be reckoned with once again. Quartararo took two decisive pole positions and victories in the opening double-header at Jerez, before team-mate Morbidelli took to the Automotodrom Brno podium one week later.
Franco made the trip to the podium again three races later at the San Marino GP, where he took the first MotoGP win of his career. Fabio then backed this up with an impressive victory around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Morbidelli racked up a further two wins during the season at the Teruel and Valencia GPs, before ending the season with a podium at the final round in Portugal.
Across the 2020 season Franco claimed three wins, five podiums, two pole positions and six front row starts, whilst team-mate Fabio racked up three wins, three podiums, four pole positions and nine front row starts. PETRONAS Yamaha SRT ended the year with an accumulation of 248 points, which was 65 more than their nearest competitor.
The 2020 PYSRT year in numbers:
Points - 248
Gap with the others - 65 points lead
Wins - 6
Podiums - 8 (6 wins, 1 second position, and 1 third position)
Poles positions - 6
Front rows - 15 (two riders combined, 12 races with front row start)
Fastest laps - 3
All Time Lap records - 1
Best Race Lap - 1
Laps leading a race - 155
Free Practices led - 17