Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup
The Riders

-Promising young Asian riders rising to the challenge, dreaming of taking on the world-

Round 3 of the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is coming soon to Suzuka. As a preview, here are the rider competing this season.

Suzuka is a technically difficult track to master - “He who masters Suzuka, masters the world,” the saying goes. This will be the first time Suzuka will be the stage for an Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup race, and will undoubtedly be interesting to see how the riders perform.

Takuto Suzuki

2

Takuto Suzuki

Japan/14years old

  • Takuto Suzuki

    2

    Takuto Suzuki

    Japan/14years old

  • Can Alexsander Öncü

    3

    Can Alexsander Öncü

    Turkey/13years old

  • Gerry Salim

    4

    Gerry Salim

    Indonesia/20years old

  • Yuki Kunii

    5

    Yuki Kunii

    Japan/14years old

  • Irfan Ardiansyah

    6

    Irfan Ardiansyah

    Indonesia/17years old

  • Deniz Oncu

    7

    Deniz Oncu

    Turkey/13years old

  • Koji Hirama

    8

    Koji Hirama

    Japan/16years old

  • Haruki Noguchi

    9

    Haruki Noguchi

    Japan/15years old

  • Kai Saito

    10

    Kai Saito

    Japan/16years old

  • Haziq Hamdan

    11

    Haziq Hamdan

    Malaysia/16years old

  • Ryusei Yamanaka

    12

    Ryusei Yamanaka

    Japan/15years old

  • Bima Febrinda Arfinン

    14

    Bima Febrinda Arfin

    Indonesia/17years old

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In this year’s Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC), 22 riders from six nations compete for the entire season. Japan has the largest share of 8 riders, with 7 Indonesians, 3 Malay, 2 Turkish, and 1 each from the Philippines and Australia making up the total field. The youngest rider is 13, and the oldest 20 (as of the Suzuka race). 6 riders from 2016 compete this year, while the remaining 16 were newcomers, selected last year.

After a two-month break following the Thai and Qatar rounds, the third round, Japan, will be held at Suzuka from June 2 to 4. The round consists of two races, and it is the first time the venue will be used for an IATC race.

Following Suzuka, Round 4 will be held in Sepang, Malaysia after a two month break. Another three months later, Round 5 will be held at Twin Ring Motegi, and the final round in Sepang once again.

The reason for the long intervals is to give excelling riders over their second year in the series the opportunity to race in the Moto3 Junior World Championship and MotoGP Rookies Cup. The IATC’s system of nurturing riders is set up so that rounds are scheduled to avoid Moto3 Junior and MotoGP Rookies races, giving riders who have built up experience in the IATC and are recognized as outstanding an upward path, while still being able to race further in the IATC.

After three races for the first two rounds (one race in the Qatar round was cancelled due to bad weather), 13-year-old Turkish rider Deniz Öncü emerged as the leader, winning two races. Ranked 2nd is Japanese Ryusei Yamanaka with three consecutive podiums (one 3rd, and two 2nd’s), and Yuki Kunii, winner of one race at Qatar, is 3rd. At the end of the first two rounds, the three top ranking riders are all in their second IATC year, and also compete in Moto3 Junior and MotoGP Rookies races. Haruki Noguchi, in his first year of IATC racing, finished 3rd in Qatar to give him 4th overall to date.

Suzuka is expected to be a battle between the top-ranked riders and Japanese riders familiar with the track. A lot of interest gathers around what lap times will be set, and how battles will be fought at IATC’s first Suzuka round.

NEXT: ROUND3 SUZUKA June 2-4

Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi

14

Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi

Thailand/21years old

  • Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi

    15

    Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi

    Thailand/21years old

  • Reid Terrence Battye

    16

    Reid Terrence Battye

    Australia/16years old

  • Maxi Hattori

    17

    Maxi Hattori

    Japan/17years old

  • Koki Suzuki

    18

    Koki Suzuki

    Japan/16years old

  • Syairul Yuslie Bin Suhaimi

    19

    Syairul Yuslie Bin Suhaimi

    Malaysia/17years old

  • Azroy Anuar

    20

    Azroy Anuar

    Malaysia/17years old

  • Surya Narayana R. Surojo

    21

    Surya Narayana R. Surojo

    Indonesia/15years old

  • Riefsa Firdaus Hakim

    22

    Riefsa Firdaus Hakim

    Indonesia/17years old

  • Koko Masaharu Tadachi

    23

    Koko Masaharu Tadachi

    Philippines/17years old

  • Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah

    24

    Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah

    Indonesia/20years old

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The first time the IATC will be held at Suzuka coincides with Round 3 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). Race weekend has lots to offer, with IATC, and ARRC SS600 and AP250 class races.

From Japan and Asia to the World. Following the Star Riders

2016 ATC Champion, Somkiat Chantra, Takes Pole on his Moto3 Junior World Championship Debut

Thai-born Chantra, last year’s ATC champion, takes pole in his first attempt at Suzuka, in the rain.

Thai-born Chantra, last year’s ATC champion, takes pole in his first attempt at Suzuka, in the rain.

CEV also kicked off its 2017 season at Albacete, Spain. Somkiat Chantra, Kazuki Masaki, Ai Ogura and Yuki Kunii represent the Asia Talent Team in the Moto3 Junior World Championship. In a rainy qualifying session, Chantra takes pole position.

Under difficult conditions in which every session except for the race was rainy, the Asia riders battled up at the front, but unfortunately retired. Of the Asians, former ADC rider Andi Izdihar ranks highest with a 5th place finish. In the Moto2 class, Hiroki Ono finished 12th.

Takaaki Nakagami Finishes on Podium, Ayumu Sasaki Within the Points

Nakagami (right) finishes on the podium for the second time at the Grand Prix of the Americas. He is the closest of the Japanese riders to the premier class.

Nakagami (right) finishes on the podium for the second time at the Grand Prix of the Americas. He is the closest of the Japanese riders to the premier class.

Two Japanese riders, Takaaki Nakagami and Tetsuta Nagashima compete in Moto2, and three Japanese, Tatsuki Suzuki, Kaito Toba and Ayumu Sasaki are in the Moto3 class.

Nakagami finished 3rd in the first round in Qatar, and at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Nagashima earned his first points finish for the season in Spain, finishing 15th. Although outside the points, Suzuki gained 16th place ranking at Spain, and former ATC rider Toba 20th. Sasaki, in the points for the second time in Spain, is on the same championship points with Toba, ranked 21st.

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