Terpilih 22 pembalap Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup dan 3 pembalap dari Indonesia

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16 Oktober 2013. Proses seleksi Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup atau mencari pembalap muda untuk berkarir di balapan profesional Moto3, Moto2 hingga jenjang ke MotoGP telah selesai dilaksanakan di Sirkuit Sepang pada selama dua hari (Senin-Selasa, 14-15 Oktober 2013). Shell Advance sebagai sponsor bekerja sama dengan Dorna pemegang lisensi balapan profesional MotoGP memilih 22 riders dari kawasan Asia, dan 3 diantaranya yang terpilih berasal dari Indonesia.

Nantinya ke-22 pembalap tersebut akan bersaing menggunakan motor balap Honda NSR250R yang didesain khusus untuk ajang balapan Moto3 mulai tahun 2014. Selama dua hari tersebut total peserta yang ikut diseleksi berjumlah 108 pembalap datang dari berbagai negara, antara lain China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, dan Philippines.

Dalam seleksi tersebut mereka menggunakan trek balap Sepang Kart Circuit dengan motor underbone 125cc Honda Future (di Indonesia Honda Blade). Penampilan mereka langsung dilihat oleh talent scout Alberto Puig, Andrew Hepher dari Shell, Livio Suppo dari Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) dan juga sosok Carmelo Ezpeleta sebagai CEO MotoGP dari Dorna Sports juga hadir disana.

Dari 108 pembalap terpilih 42 orang, dan setelah diseleksi lagi, akhirnya hanya terpilih 25 pembalap (22 sebagai kandidiat ditambah 3 orang cadangan) dari 7 negara, antara lain:

CHINA (1)
– Yuanhang Chen (17 yrs)

INDONESIA (3)
– Wilman Hammar (16 yrs)
– Andi Muhammad Fadly (13 yrs)
– Basyiruddin Samhan Mashuri (15 yrs)

JAPAN (7)
– Tsubasa Yoshida (13 yrs)
– Kaito Sekino (15 yrs)
– Yuta Date (14 yrs)
– Ryo Mizuno (15 yrs)
– Tsurugi Kitami (17 yrs)
– Ayumu Sasaki (13 yrs)
– Kaito Toba (13 yrs)

THAILAND (3)
– Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (17 yrs)
– Somkiat Chantra (14 yrs)
– Muklada Sarapuech (19 yrs)

MALAYSIA (6)
– Nazirul Izzat Bin Muhammad Bahauddin (13 yrs)
– Muhammad Shafiq Bin Rasol (16 yrs)
– Muhamad Adam Bin Mohd Norrodin (15 yrs)
– Muhammad Helmi Bin Azman (13 yrs)
– Fakhrusy Syakirin Bin Rostam (17 yrs)
– Mohammad Shafiq Ezzariq (13 yrs)

PHILIPPINES (1)
– Ralph Kenneth Torres (14 yrs)

SINGAPORE (1)
– Azhar Bin Mohd Noor (16 yrs)

RESERVES (3)
INDONESIA: Muhammad Taufiq Hidayat (16 yrs)
– JAPAN: Shota Nakayama (17 yrs)
– MALAYSIA: Muhammad Ibrahim Bin Mohd Norrodin (13 yrs)

Dari press release yang dikirim PR Shell (CrunchCommunication) disertakan pula beberapa komentar, antara lain:

Alberto Puig, Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup talent scout: “We had riders from many countries and it was great to see. They all improved their times heat after heat, it was a good selection process and we are happy. It’s never easy to select riders, there’s no science for this, it’s just your perception of the situation after doing this for many years now. So I based the decisions on my intuition as well as on the lap times. If the lap times are also on the same level as your thoughts, then you have the perfect combination.”

The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup will become a feeder series to the world of international motorcycle racing and will help showcase Asian riding talent. The Championship is scheduled to consist of 6 rounds, with the first taking place at the Qatar round of the 2014 MotoGP season.

Andrew Hepher, General Manager Marketing Consumer Brands and Product, Shell Lubricants: “First of all, I want to congratulate the 22 riders who will ride with us in 2014 – throughout this process they’ve continually demonstrated that they are the most talented riders in the region and highly deserving of this chance. I also want to thank all our applicants for their interests in this exciting new competition.

It’s especially good to see that the boys have some competition from the only girl to make it through to the final 22 – I look forward to watching Muklada Sarapuech from Thailand mixing it at the front with the boys!

“I am very proud to be part of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup – a perfect platform to identify and support the very best motorcycle racing talent in Asia. We need to keep this momentum and there’s no better way to do that than with a feeder series like the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup. The initial season in 2014 is going to be a very exciting moment for all of us and we can’t wait for it to get underway. With our 22 riders selected, we are almost there!”

About Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

  1. The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is a pan-Asia motorcycle talent search programme. Riders between 13 and 20 years of age will compete for 22 places in a six-round pan-Asia championship. They will use Honda NSR250R Moto3 race bikes, powered by Shell V-Power racing fuel and lubricated by Shell Advance Ultra motorcycle oil
  2. The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is being organised by Dorna Sports SrL. Dorna is the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights of the MotoGP™ World Championship since 1992. The company also participates in the management, marketing and distribution of other motorsport properties, namely the Spanish Road Racing Championship (CEV) and Superbike World Championship. Partners include Honda Racing Corporation, Sepang International Circuit, Red Bull, Air Asia, Bridgestone, Alpinestars and X-Lite
  3. Shell Advance motorcycle oil is specially formulated to help bikes stay in peak condition by increasing oil reliability, smoothing gear change and reducing engine vibration to allow bikers to enjoy every ride
  4. Shell’s Technical Partnership with the Ducati MotoGP Team has been instrumental in the development of Shell Advance, the only motorcycle oil recommended by Ducati.
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