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Activity begins in Sepang

Activity begins in Sepang

The riders of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup participated in two free practice sessions.

The wait is over. After five months without competing since the last round in March at Losail, the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup riders finally returned to racing. Today they were reunited with their machines for two free practice sessions for the third round of the championship. This takes place at the Sepang International Circuit, alongside the WSBK program.

During the break there have been movements as Australian Tom Edwards and Filipino McKinley Paz have both left the cup, being replaced by two local guest riders: Luth Erwan and Idham Khairuddin, the younger brother of Zulfhami Khairuddin from the World Championship.

Also missing is Thailand’s Somkiat Chantra, currently second in the cup standings, who fell and injured his leg while training in Thailand.

All 21 riders present dedicated the opening day to adjusting the setting of their Honda NSF 250R machine, having track knowledge from preseason testing here at Sepang. The day was led by Malaysia’s Adam Norrodin, ahead of Sasaki, Kunimine and Masaki with Atiratphuvapat from Thailand and Rostam just behind. All six riders were able to lap under the 2’20 barrier.

The sessions were mostly without drama, only Chinese rider Pengyuan Chen fell but was fortunately unhurt. Malaysian Helmi Azman continues to suffer from his arm injury, putting Saturday’s race in doubt for the local rider.

Saturday begins with another 30 minute practice session at 09:00 LT, just ahead of the first races. The first race is scheduled for 13:25 LT and will see the SAATC riders contest 13 laps around the Sepang International Circuit.

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For more information visit the official Cup website:

SAATC, 2015

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