A group of 114 aspiring young riders were in attendance at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, on Wednesday 26th October, as the selection event for the 2017 Asia Talent Cup took place under the watchful eye of Cup Director Alberto Puig.
Following the day’s action 17 riders have been selected to participate in next year’s competition, with seven further riders put on a standby list of reserves for the 2017 edition of the Cup.
The large group of boys and girls attending the trial included riders from Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, The Philippines, South Korea, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, New Zealand and Nepal. The riders varied in age from 12 to 20 years-old.
They were greeted by warm and sunny conditions and were not hampered by tropical rainstorms – as is often the case at Sepang – as they undertook their trial on the 1.247km Sepang Kart Circuit.
All the riders participated in two initial 10-minute sessions on Honda Wave Alpha 110 bikes with the selection committee gradually choosing riders to progress into a final selection group.
Reviewing the selection event in Malaysia, Alberto Puig, Director of the Asia Talent Cup, commented: “It was a long day, but finally we reached a decision. It’s always difficult because you can make mistakes, but we are happy with the selection. The weather was great throughout the day and no-one was injured, which are two important points. We hope to have a fresh group of riders next season and we are looking forward to 2017.”
The riders lucky enough to have made it through to the 2017 Asia Talent Cup are as follows:
Muhammad Haziq Bin Mohamad Hamdam (MAL)
Syarul Yusloe Bin Suhaimi (MAL)
Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah (INA)
Lucky Hendriansya (INA)
Bima Febrinda Arifin (INA)
Surya Nayayana Renaldo Surojo (INA)
Riefsa Firdaus Hakim (INA)
Kritchaporn Kadwsonthi (THA)
Reid Terrence Battye (AUS)
Takuto Suzuki (JPN)
Koji Hirama (JPN)
Haruki Noguchi (JPN)
Kai Saito (JPN)
Maxi Hattori (JPN)
Koki Suzuki (JPN)
Azroy Hakeem Bin Anuar (MAL)
Koko Masaharu Tadachi (PHL)
Herjun Atna Firdaus (INA)
Mckinley Kyle Paz (PHL)
Yuuchiro Fukuda (JPN)
Muhammad Shafiq Ezzariq (MAL)
Bui Duy Thong (VNM)
Rajiv Sethu (IND)
Broc Anthony Pearson (AUS)