KUALA LUMPUR: Moto2 rider Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah is not at all concerned about parting ways with long-time sponsor Petronas.
Hafizh, whose six year relationship with the national petroleum company came to an end recently, said he is only focused on his future with his new team SIC Racing Team.
"I am not with Petronas anymore but there is no looking back as far as I am concerned," said Hafizh, who spent the last four seasons racing with Petronas Raceline.
"I am only focused on the future and I believe my new team will give me the best in terms of support such as my bike and crew.
"I am really looking forward to racing with them next season and am excited about pre-season testing in Valencia (Feb) and Jerez (Mar).
"I will take the opportunity (testing) to adapt to my new bike and also get used to working together with the other team members."
The 23-year-old is hoping to impress in Moto2 next year as he looks to make the step up to the premier class in 2019. SIC have set him a target of finishing in the top-five in the Moto2 overall standings next season.
Hafizh will create history if he does move up as no Malaysian has ever competed in MotoGP.
Hafizh did well to achieve two podium finishes at Misano and Motegi this year to finish the season at 10th overall with 106 points.
They were his first outright podium finishes in his Moto2 career. He had come in fourth as a wildcard at Sepang in 2012 but moved up to third after Aussie Anthony West’s results were voided for failing a drug test.
Petronas, who have achieved tremendous success with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team in recent years, had initially expected to continue sponsoring Hafizh this season but made a u-turn recently.
Petronas, however, have decided to keep mum on the matter but will remain sponsors of the Sepang International Circuit-managed Petronas Sprinta Racing Moto3 team.