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Sepang visit marks start of second half of 2014 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

Sepang visit marks start of second half of 2014 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup

Having undertaken their first four races earlier in the year in Qatar, Sentul and Zhuhai, the 22 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup riders head to Sepang this weekend for a double header of two races at the Malaysian track, as they continue their quest to turn potential into performance.

Three months on from the last races of the inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup held at China's Zhuhai circuit on 13th-15th  June weekend, the young Asian riders are now set to take part in the fifth and sixth races of the season in Malaysia, coinciding with the "Bike Super Series" event at Sepang.

Indeed, ahead of their races at the Grand Prix circuit located close to Kuala Lumpur, the riders visited the track earlier this month for two days of testing – in order to improve their fitness and preparation for the return to racing. Japanese riders Toba and Sasaki were fastest in the test, closely followed by Thai pair Chantra and Atiratphuvapat.

The four Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup races so far have been dominated by Japanese riders. Yuta Date leads the championship with 86 points – having taken two wins – with his compatriot Kaito Toba in second place with 63 points, having also won two races. Third in the standings is another Japanese competitor Ayumu Sasaki, with 61 points and three podium results to date. The leading Malaysian rider, Adam Norrodin, sits seventh in the standings with 29 points.

At the controls of the Honda Moto3 ™ NSF250R and under the watchful eye of Alberto Puig, the Cup Director, the 22 riders will contest the first of their Malaysian races on Saturday 20th September and the second race on Sunday 21st September.

The 2014 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup will then continue with a race on 12th October in Motegi, during the Japanese Grand Prix, followed by the last two races of the year back in Sepang, coinciding with the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

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