Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup
The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is an exciting new competition for 2014, which will act as a feeder series to the world of motorcycle racing. The new project aims to give riders from the Asian region a formal path into competitive road racing.
Led in-part by renowned and successful talent scout Alberto Puig, responsible for such talents as Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa and the leader of the successful MotoGP™ Academy, the competition will see Asia’s stars of the future participate in a eight-race series (in 6 events) in 2014 on Honda NSF250R Moto3 machines.
Run by Dorna, the organizers of the MotoGP™ World Championship and the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co-organizer of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the competition will provide a spotlight for the most talented young riders in Asia.
The 22 talents who made it through the pre-selection event at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit in October 2013 will race in Qatar, Indonesia (Sentul), China, Japan (Motegi) and Malaysia (Sepang) – either on MotoGP™ or SBK race weekends, or in independent events. The season will start in February in Spain (Motorland Aragon) with a 4 day test where riders will be able to ride for the first time the Honda NSF250R Moto3 bikes.
The Sepang International Circuit, globally recognised for its high standards, will play a key role in the project and will host the headquarters of the Asia Talent Cup.