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Petronas Motorcycle is one of the few companies that has a plethora of fans across the globe. The story of the company is one that entails ambition and top-notch engineering, coupled together with bad luck, sad narratives, and misfortunes.

In 2002, the parent company Sauber Petronas Engineering produced the Petronas FP1, a superb motorbike with a staggering 989 cc triple-cylinder engine. It was to participate in the MotoGP but the company had a change of heart, deciding to register it in the Superbike World Championship. A different championship meant different regulations; team Foggy Petronas was forced to reduce the FP1’s engine to 899.5cc besides producing 150 motorcycles as part of homologation procedures. The team decided to manufacture two batches consisting of 75 motorcycles to be made in England and Malaysia respectively. Just before the debut of the 2003 races, FIM changed its regulations allowing engine upgrades of up to 1000 cc.

This was the first setback team Petronas encountered, having reduced their engine power by approximately 90 cc. The firm managed to step on the podium twice in 2004 with Ducati dominating most of the races. Upon the return of the Japanese motorcycles who took a short break from the races, team Foggy Petronas struggled to keep up with the competition due to the variance in engine capacities finishing 26th in 2006. Unlike the successful department of Sauber Petronas in Formula One, Foggy Petronas failed to live up to expectations in the Superbike World Championship. It finally decided to call it quits at the end of the 2006 championship races.

Nonetheless, their loyal fans were still interested in the bikes. Petronas played the part for a while, adding a few modifications to the machines to make them road-friendly. After a brief period, the company decided to end the sale of its motorcycles due to financial strains. A later discovery in 2010 by MCN unveiled that there were 60 FP1 motorcycles sleeping in a bunker in Essex. These were part of the first 75 motorcycles. Fans still remain hopeful about the resurgence of the company.


PETRONAS FP1 2003 - present 1

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