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2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup applications open soon

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 10:58 GMT

The application period opens on the 16th of June 2021 and riders can apply until the 16th of July for the Road to MotoGP™ programme

Registration for the 2022 Asia Talent Cup opens in just over two weeks, with prospective competitors able to apply to become part of the Road to MotoGP™. Applicants must be born between the 1st of January 2001 and the 1st of March 2010 and hail from Australia, New Zealand or a country in Asia. 

The application period opens on the 16th of June 2021 and riders can apply until the 16th of July.

The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is an unparalleled competition for youngsters across the region looking to begin their careers in racing, with rounds coinciding with some of the biggest motorcycling events in the world, including MotoGP™. Riders compete on identical Honda NSF250R Moto3™ machines, creating close racing and the perfect stage for talent to shine on the Road to MotoGP™. 

FIM Supersport World Championship rider Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), the youngest rider to win a Grand Prix race a just 15 years old, competed in the Asia Talent Cup in 2016 and 2017 and is a top ten finisher in WorldSSP. From WorldSSP300, race winner Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Yamaha Motoxracing) also competed in the Asia Talent Cup in 2016, proving that it is a pathway for riders to make their name on the world stage.

It is another pathway that could’ve been open to riders such as WorldSBK race winner Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) and Yamaha stablemate Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team). Japanese rider Shogo Kawasaki (G.A.P. MOTOZOO Racing by Puccetti) and Indonesia’s Galang Hendra Pratama (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) also could have competed in the Asia Talent Cup with Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki), a race winner in WorldSSP300, able to join them as well.

Enrolment and selection

Registration opens at www.asiatalentcup.com on the 16th of June and the application period closes on 16th of July 2021. Once prospective riders have applied online, their application will be considered and they may be invited to the Selection Event.

The Selection Event will take place in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit on the 26th and 27th of October 2021, just before the Malaysian Grand Prix. There, a panel of experts will put applicants through their paces and the best will be offered the chance to join the 2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup and start their Road to MotoGP™.

Important information

There’s no minimum level of experience required for riders, but a certain skill level must be shown. Previous experience could include dirt-track, motocross, scooter or mini bike racing, but the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is focused on searching for talent and potential, not experience.

Applicants must be born between the 1st of January 2001 and the 1st of March 2010.