All bikes are identical, to each race is fierce. A fight to the finish line is inevitable at Motegi.

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

Once again, the Asia Talent Cup will be held at Motegi in conjunction with the Japanese Grand Prix. The races will be held on the Saturday, and Sunday.
The battle at Motegi will undoubtedly be fierce.
Four Asia Talent Cup graduates will race on the world stage.
But this year, the Asia Talent Cup will be the most exciting.

Noguchi is ranked Number 1 as of the end of the Malaysia round. So far out of 7 races, he has one victory, two 2nds, and two 3rds.

Haruki Noguchi
Noguchi is ranked Number 1 as of the end of the Malaysia round. So far out of 7 races, he has one victory, two 2nds, and two 3rds.

  • Noguchi is ranked Number 1 as of the end of the Malaysia round. So far out of 7 races, he has one victory, two 2nds, and two 3rds.

    Haruki Noguchi
    Noguchi is ranked Number 1 as of the end of the Malaysia round. So far out of 7 races, he has one victory, two 2nds, and two 3rds.

  • He won the first two races, but drifted away from the podium since, and with two wins and one 2nd, he is ranked 2nd.

    Deniz Öncü
    He won the first two races, but drifted away from the podium since, and with two wins and one 2nd, he is ranked 2nd.

  • With two 2nds, two 3rds and points in every race, Yamanaka is currently 3rd. He is a favorite for a win at Motegi.

    Ryusei Yamanaka
    With two 2nds, two 3rds and points in every race, Yamanaka is currently 3rd. He is a favorite for a win at Motegi.

  • Twin brother of Deniz, Can has had a rough first-half of the season, but won both races in Malaysia to place him 4th.

    Can Öncü
    Twin brother of Deniz, Can has had a rough first-half of the season, but won both races in Malaysia to place him 4th.

  • Azroy, in his debut IATC season, is ranked 5th. Three 2nds and consistent points, but no wins so far.

    Azroy Anuar
    Azroy, in his debut IATC season, is ranked 5th. Three 2nds and consistent points, but no wins so far.

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    Yuki Kunii
    Kunii has two wins, but his injuries in the Moto3 Juniors and missing the Malaysia round rank him 6th.

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Completing 7 races to date, the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) moves to Twin Ring Motegi, to be held in conjunction with Round 15 of the MotoGP series, the Japanese Grand Prix.

At the end of the Malaysian round, IATC rookie Haruki Noguchi ranks Number 1. Noguchi won at Suzuka, finished consistently high in the points, and fights to keep the lead with 111 points.

9 points adrift is Turkish rider, Deniz Öncü, in his second IATC season. His twin-brother, Can, has won the first two races of the season, but had not been on the podium for a while. In Malaysia, however, he finished 2nd. Can has also won two races in the MotoGP Rookies Cup this season.

Ryusei Yamanaka, in his third year, is ranked 3rd, merely 4 points behind Deniz. He has finished 3rd twice in the MotoGP Rookies Cup as well. Yamanaka has been preparing for his home race at Motegi, and is undoubtedly a serious contender.

The points difference between riders ranked 4th and below are even closer, with Can Öncü ranked 4th, only 1 point away from Yamanaka. Can, the younger of the two Öncü’s, has won both IATC Malaysian races, and four MotoGP Rookies Cup races as well. In his second year in the IATC, Can is one formidable rider. 4 points below Can is Malaysian Azroy Anuar. Azroy has not won yet, but he has been on the podium three times.

Yuki Kunii in his second IATC year, was injured after a crash while vying for the lead at the Moto3 Junior Portugal round, and missed the IATC Malaysia round. His ranking suffered, falling to 6th. Kunii won pole and one race at Motegi last year, so he is still considered one of the favorites to win.

Motegi has always been a tough race to win. Riders use each other’s slipstreams to keep the battle for the lead going until the last turn. The lead group is always as tight as a world grand prix race.

In the lead group at Motegi, there will be the future grand prix riders, without a doubt. For any motorsport fan, the IATC Motegi round is a must-see.

Asia Talent Cup Graduate Riders in Moto3 a Must-see at the Japanese Grand Prix

 

Four riders graduating from the Asia Talent Cup (ATC), formed in 2014 to nurture world class riders, now race in the Moto3 class.

The 2014 ATC champion, Kaito Toba, now races for Honda Team Asia. He finished 10th in Round 2, Argentina, earning his first championship points. Toba has struggled since until Austria, where he was 15th after a fierce battle. In the following round in Great Britain, he qualified a personal best of 11th, but was caught up in a crash during the Warm Up, and retired during the race. Toba has won at Motegi, in the All-Japan J-GP3 class. He is now regaining his rhythm, and has a strong chance of finishing within the points at his first Motegi race in the Moto3 class.

The second ATC champion, Ayumu Sasaki, finished 11th in Moto3 Round 1, a huge achievement for a rookie. He then finished 15th in Spain, 8th in Italy (his personal best), and 15th in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, giving him five points-finishes up to Round 13 in San Marino, ranking him 21st. After Sasaki raced in local championships, he had not competed in the All-Japan’s, but won one Motegi race in both his first and second ATC seasons. In his rookie year as grand prix rider, Sasaki aims for a strong finish in his home race.

Of the four ATC champions, Malaysian rider Adam Norrodin is in his second grand prix season. Adam competed in the ATC in 2014 and 2015. In his first year of grand prix racing he was ranked 28th, and at the end of the San Marino Grand Prix this year, he is 19th.

Thai rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat is another Moto3 rookie, now racing for Honda Team Asia. After competing in two training series, the ADC and ATC, he nows competed in Moto3. By the end of the San Marino Grand Prix, Nakarin has notched three points finishes, and is ranked 25th. Thailand has it hopes on him.

Ayumu Sasaki 2015 ATC champion and 2016 MotoGP Rookies Cup champion, Sasaki is currently 6th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship as well.

Ayumu Sasaki
2015 ATC champion and 2016 MotoGP Rookies Cup champion, Sasaki is currently 6th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship as well.

  • Ayumu Sasaki 2015 ATC champion and 2016 MotoGP Rookies Cup champion, Sasaki is currently 6th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship as well.

    Ayumu Sasaki
    2015 ATC champion and 2016 MotoGP Rookies Cup champion, Sasaki is currently 6th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship as well.

  • Nakarin Atiratphuvapat Graduating the Asian Dream Cup (ADC), Nakarin ranked 4th in the ATC in 2015. Gaining entry to the Moto3 Junior World Championship, he is a grand prix racer from this season.

    Nakarin Atiratphuvapat
    Graduating the Asian Dream Cup (ADC), Nakarin ranked 4th in the ATC in 2015. Gaining entry to the Moto3 Junior World Championship, he is a grand prix racer from this season.

  • Kaito Toba 2014 ATC champion, joined the Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015, and also races in the MotoGP Rookies Cup. Toba won a Moto3 Junior race in 2016.

    Kaito Toba
    2014 ATC champion, joined the Moto3 Junior World Championship in 2015, and also races in the MotoGP Rookies Cup. Toba won a Moto3 Junior race in 2016.

  • Adam Norrodin The first ATC graduate to become a grand prix rider. Ranked 8th in the ATC in 2015, and 30th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship.

    Adam Norrodin
    The first ATC graduate to become a grand prix rider. Ranked 8th in the ATC in 2015, and 30th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship.

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127 Hopefuls from 18 Countries Pass First Stage of 2018 IATC Selection

The first stage of Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) selection for the 2018 season has completed.

To be eligible for IATC selection for the 2018 season, applicants need to be born between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2005. Applications were accepted on IATC’s official website.

The first screening is based on the content of the application forms, and although racing experience is not given weight, some riding experience is a must, because the final selection will be conducted on the track. Any form of riding experience, not only road racing but dirt track, motocross, scooter, or minibike, or even attending a racing school, are a plus.

2018 selection began with applications being accepted between July 8, 2017, to August 13. More than 500 applications were received from all over Asia. 127 applicants from 18 countries passed the first screening, the results posted online on September 6.

Of the applicants passing the first screening, Indonesia and Malaysia had the largest number, 30 each, a testament to the popularity of motor racing in South East Asia. Japan was next with 26, Australia 11. Thailand, just announced as part of the world grand prix from 2018, had only 6. China had 5 successful applicants, while 2 aspiring riders from Turkey, undoubtedly influenced by the Öncü brothers, passed the first stage. One applicant from Iran and Israel also passed the first screening.

youngest, three applicants, were 11, while the oldest was 20. The largest age group was 17 years old with 24 applicants, and the main bulk was between 13 and 18 years old. The age difference between countries seems to be correlated with the popularity and racing activities in those countries.

26 Japanese riders passed the first screening. The youngest was 11, the oldest 18, and the most popular age was 14, with 8 applicants. As the applications are accepted in English, an accurate picture is hard to see, but the group seems to be mainly riders in the local NSF250R Challenge races, with some JP250 class participants, and for the younger riders, minibike races.

The final selection will be conducted at the cart track, Sepang International Circuit, on October 24 and 25, just before the Malaysian Grand Prix race week begins. The aspiring riders will ride Underbone bikes, and will be on the track in groups. Alberto Puig de la Rosa and his IATC staff will be track-side, evaluating each applicant’s riding skills to determine the successful candidates.

Riders are on the track in groups, but instead of a race, their riding qualities and potential are judged in free practice.

Riders are on the track in groups, but instead of a race, their riding qualities and potential are judged in free practice.

Tests are conducted on Honda Underbone bikes. South Asian riders are not advantaged, despite Underbone races being popular in the region.

Tests are conducted on Honda Underbone bikes. South Asian riders are not advantaged, despite Underbone races being popular in the region.

Participants by country
CountryParticipants
Indonesia30
Malaysia30
Japan26
Australia11
Thailand6
China5
India2
New Zealand2
Philippines2
Qatar2
Sri Lanka2
Turkey2
Bangladesh1
Iran1
Israel1
Nepal1
Singapore1
Vietnam1
Participants by age
AgeParticipants
113
1210
1322
1422
1521
1724
1818
196
201
Japanese rider list
Name Age
Hikaru Arita15
Ryosuke Bando14
Yuichiro Fukuda18
Masaya Hongo13
Shoki Igarashi15
Anjyu Kasai18
Shota Kiuchi14
Takuma Matsuyama12
Shun Miyazaki14
Ito Motoharu18
Hayate Nakada14
Koshi Nakajima13
Eito Nakamura14
Sho Nishimura15
Shinji Ogo11
Kazuki Ohori17
Yuta Okaya18
Toshiki Senda14
Fugo Tanaka13
Keijiro Tanimoto14
Otojiro Tanimoto17
Tetsuya Tetsuya14
Naoki Yamada15
Syuu Yamato13
Nomura Yuito13
Hayato Ota13

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