Second placed Petronas Yamaha SRT's French rider Fabio Quartararo kisses the trophy as he celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste near Valencia. - AFP

Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) are aiming for greater heights next year after ending their maiden season in MotoGP on a high.

SRT’s Rookie of the Year Fabio Quartararo capped his year with a stellar performance in the season-ending round in Valencia last weekend.

The Frenchman once again proved he is right up there as far as qualifying pace is concerned after taking pole on Saturday and finishing second behind world champion Marc Marquez the following day.

The result was enough to secure Quartararo the Top Independent Rider title for the season.

It was Quartararo’s sixth pole and seventh podium of the season.

Teammate Franco Morbidelli, however, crashed out of the race.

SRT team principal Datuk Razlan Razali is expecting the SRT to challenge for podiums at every race next year.

“We have yet to get the elusive win but taking second (position) again is a very good result,” said Razlan.

“It was an unfortunate end to the race for Morbidelli after doing so well throughout the year, but we believe he will get better next season.

“We’ve come out of our rookie season as the Top Independent Team and have also taken the Top Independent Rider and Rookie of the Year titles.

“We also managed a fantastic fourth in the overall team standings.

“We also helped Yamaha to come second in the constructors’ award. Next season will be another challenge for us and the target is to be on the podium every weekend.”

Quartararo and Morbidelli ended their season a respectable fifth (192 points) and 10th (115 points) overall.