Moto3 race winner Khairul Idham Pawi will drop back down to the lightweight class next season with the Petronas Sprinta Racing squad.
Malaysian rider Pawi joined the SIC-run single-bike Petronas Moto2 operation this season, his third campaign in the class, but has been on the sidelines ever since injuring his hand in a practice crash during May's Jerez round.
Now Petronas has confirmed Pawi will join the previously-confirmed John McPhee in its Moto3 line-up next season, with Norrodin seeing out the current campaign in Moto2 while his compatriot fully recovers from his hand injury following recent surgery.
Team boss Razlan Razali said: “After spending a lot of time analysing the options we decided with KIP [Pawi] that the best course was to ensure the best treatment possible for his hand injury, allowing time for full recuperation in 2019, rather than pushing for a return to Moto2.
"By KIP returning to Moto3 next year, he will be in an environment where he has stood on the top step before and we will be targeting strong results. Now the focus for KIP is his full recovery and he has our complete support in this."