This year will be Foggy Petronas Racing team's final season in the World Superbike Championship following the end of a five-year sponsorship deal with Petronas.
Owned by four-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty, the Foggy Petronas Racing team was formed in 2002 and made its racing debut in the World Superbike Championship the following year at Valencia, Spain. Petronas' partnership with Carl Fogarty came as a result of the limited edition production of the Petronas FP1 superbike, which is now available through NAZA Bikers Dream, the appointed distributor in Malaysia.
The 4-stroke 3-cylinder engine that powers the FP1 superbike was created by Malaysian engineers based on innovative F1 technology. Petronas' partnership with Team Foggy Racing in the World Superbike Championship serves as a platform to showcase and further enhance its engineering capabilities at a highly competitive level especially in the area of engine design and development. In addition to the collaboration with Foggy Petronas Racing team, Petronas in November 2005 signed a Joint Development Agreement with BRP-ROTAX of Austria to further develop and commercialise its high performance engine family. BRP-ROTAX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of recreational engines.
Among the highlights of the Foggy Petronas Racing team in the World Superbike Championship include two podium finishes and two pole positions in 2004, where Petronas achieved its best ever result in the manufacturers' standings with a third place finish.
Team owner, Carl Fogarty, commented: "We are honoured to have been able to be a part of this exciting, challenging and rewarding project. We always knew that building a brand new motorcycle and to compete against the might of the more established motorcycle manufacturers would not be easy. Nevertheless, we are proud of all our accomplishments and to have been able to overcome all the obstacles we faced, to come this far, is an achievement. 2006 will be Foggy Petronas Racing team's final season in the World Superbike Championship and we would like to end it on a successful note and I am looking forward to a fruitful season. My Team Foggy Racing outfit will now continue to explore opportunities with other manufacturers and sponsors for 2007 and beyond, as I believe we have built a team capable of achieving consistent success on the world stage."
Taking on the challenge of the team's final campaign, which starts in Qatar on February 23, the Foggy Petronas Racing team will be represented by experienced Australian rider Steve Martin and British young gun Craig Jones.