Razlan Razali, team principal of Petronas Sepang Racing Team (SRT), has decided not to extend Valentino Rossi’s contract beyond the 2021 season.
Razlan made the decision considering the uncertainty behind Rossi’s commitment as the rider is yet to confirm his future at the team.
According to Razlan, the decision was made unanimously.
“We (SRT) can’t afford to wait for Rossi’s decision whether he wants to continue racing beyond 2021.
“After a thorough discussion with the team, we unanimously agreed not to extend Rossi’s contract for the 2022 season,” said Razlan.
The latest decision by Razlan’s allow the team to go back to their initial plan of recruiting new and exciting talents.
Despite racing with full factory support, the 42-year old rider struggled with his form this season as he currently sits 19th place in the championship, 100 points behind the championship leader, Fabio Quartararo.