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Riders named for inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

Riders named for inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

Following a two-day selection event at the Sepang International Circuit, the names of the 22 riders who will contest the first Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup have been revealed. The brand-new championship will begin in 2014.

108 riders were put through to the selection event on the Sepang karting circuit, using 125cc Honda Underbone motorcycles. Those selected by Talent Scout Alberto Puig, after their respective heats of Monday and Tuesday morning, then proceeded to a shootout on Tuesday afternoon. It was from that shootout that the final 22 competitors were chosen, hailing from seven different countries and including female rider Muklada Sarapuech, with ages varying between 13 and 19.

From 2014 onwards, the riders will compete on Honda NSF 250R bikes as the championship races in Qatar, Indonesia, China, Japan, Malaysia and India.

Riders contesting 2014 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, by country:


- Yuanhang Chen (17 yrs)


- Wilman Hammar (16 yrs)

- Andi Muhammad Fadly (13 yrs)

- Basyiruddin Samhan Mashuri (15 yrs)


- 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)


- 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)


- Ralph Kenneth Torres (14 yrs)


- Azhar Bin Mohd Noor (16 yrs)


- Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (17 yrs)

- Somkiat Chantra (14 yrs)

- Muklada Sarapuech (19 yrs)


- INDONESIA: Muhammad Taufiq Hidayat (16 yrs)

- JAPAN: Shota Nakayama (17 yrs)

- MALAYSIA: Muhammad Ibrahim Bin Mohd Norrodin (13 yrs)

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."

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!"

MotoGP, 2013

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