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A new Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup season begins

A new Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup season begins

After a test in Sepang it's all set to enjoy what will be the third season of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.

The first event of the year will be held at the Chang International Circuit (Buriran), which will see the first two races of the season coincide with the second WorldSBK round.

It will be the first opportunity for the 21 riders (3 wild cards: #13, #20, #21) of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup to run their Moto3 Honda NSF250 machines in competition mode after two days of testing at Sepang in February. With some veterans and some rookies, the first race always brings a few surprises. There can be mechanical issues, rain or overnight a rider can suddenly find their groove with the circuit. Not everyone agrees that there are 21 riders who are as willing to do everything for victory.

Alberto Puig, director of the SAATC, after the testing in February felt that “For this season we have many riders debuting, and in just two days of testing we have seen great evolution, surely more will come during the season.”

The weekend Schedule is as follows (Local Time, GMT +7)

Friday, March 11: FP1 09:30-10:00 / FP2 16:00-16:30

Saturday, March 12: QP 10:00-10:30 / Race 1 12:00 (16 laps)

Sunday, March 13: Race 2 13:00 (16 laps)

The cup will once again contest the season aboard Honda NSF250R machines. The NSF250R’s design is based on the RS125R 125cc model, which participated in the 125cc World Championship category, their pair sharing many characteristics. The chassis is also an adaptation of the same model, with appropriate variations made to suit the more bulkier and heavier engine. The approximate weight is 84 kilograms. The engine is a single cylinder four-stroke with a displacement of 249.3cc and four titanium valves. The arrangement of the cylinder is inverted when compared to what is usually employed in a single-cylinder motorcycle. Another unusual feature is the 15 degree backward tilt of the cylinder, done so to improve mass centralization.

A full list of entries for the first round is below

Bike No.

Name

Surname

Nationality

2

Kazuki

MASAKI

JPN

3

Can

ONCU

TUR

4

Gerry

SALIM

INA

5

Yuki

KUNII

JPN

6

Irfan

ARDIANSYAH

INA

7

Deniz

ONCU

TUR

8

Tom

EDWARDS

AUS

9

Ai

OGURA

JPN

10

Dwiki

SUPARTA

INA

11

Izam

IKMAL

MAL

12

Ryussei

YAMANAKA

JPN

13*

Idham

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL

14

Bahattin

SOFUOGLU

TUR

15

Shogo

KAWASAKI

JPN

17

Ali

UTAMA

INA

18

Somkiat

CHANTRA

THA

19

Riku

SUGAWARA

JPN

20*

Chun Kit

LAW

CHN

21*

Woraphod

NIAMSAKHONSAKUL

THA

23

Andi

IZDIHAR

INA

*Wild cards

 

 

 

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