2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup registration period opening soon

The 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup application period will open soon and talented young riders are being invited to apply for selection, with candidates from Australia and New Zealand also eligible for participation for the second staging of the competition.

Potential entrants from Asia, Australia and New Zealand have from 1st August 2014 to 5th September 2014 to apply.

The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is an exciting youth development competition, which was launched for 2014, acting as a feeder series to the world of motorcycle racing. The 2015 project expands and aims to give riders from Asia, Australia and New Zealand a formal path into competitive road racing.

Run by Dorna, the organisers of the MotoGP™ World Championship and the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co-organizer of the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup, the competition provides a spotlight for the most talented young riders in the region.

Co-managed by successful talent scout Alberto Puig, responsible for nurturing such talents as Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa and the leader of the successful MotoGP™ Academy, the competition will sees stars of the future participating in a multi-round series in 2015 on Honda NSF250R Moto3™ machines.

The most talented riders who make it through from the 2015 pre-selection event to be held at the Sepang International Circuit from 27th-28th October 2014, after this year’s Malaysian MotoGP round, will race in the second edition of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup next year.

Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented, “This year’s inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup has seen some good young riders producing some exciting racing. We are pleased to expand the competition for 2015 by opening up participation to riders from Australia and New Zealand. The riders who eventually make it through to the competition know that they will have a valuable opportunity and great coaching from Alberto, who has led several riders to the very top level.”

Andrew Hepher, GM Marketing Consumer Brands and Product, Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd said: “Shell Advance is honoured to support the second year of this exciting and competitive Championship. Shell fuel and lubricants have been at the forefront of international motorcycle racing for many years, and the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup only adds to the already extensive portfolio. We know that there is sufficient talent amongst young Asian riders and Shell is committed to helping them turn their potential into performance and support their dream during this early stage of their careers.”

Riders born between 1st January 1994 and 1st February 2002 are eligible to apply, with the enrollment period for pre-selection running from 1st August 2014 to 5th September 2014.