Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup
One of Dorna’s key objectives is to create diverse platforms for the promotion of young riders in different countries and regions in order to ensure the development of future generations of new talented riders: the Road to MotoGP™. One of the biggest successes to date is the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup.
Designed to discover and foster talent from across Asia and Oceania, the ATC typically sees the region’s stars of the future participate in a 12-race Championship held over six rounds throughout the year. The race calendar features visits to Qatar (Losail), Thailand (Buriram), Japan (Motegi), Malaysia (Sepang) and Indonesia (Mandalika) with the majority of the races staged alongside either MotoGP™ or WorldSBK rounds at the aforementioned circuits.
All of the riders compete on identical Honda NSF250R Moto3™ bikes.
After the 2020 season opener at the Grand Prix of Qatar, the Covid-19 pandemic then unfortunately forced the cancellation of the remainder of the rounds and the 2020 Cup. 2021 saw the ATC able to get back on track though, with the season beginning in Qatar once again, this time with back-to-back rounds. The last round then saw the Cup become the first to take on the new Mandalika Interna
tional Street Circuit in Indonesia, with Taiyo Furusato completing a clean sweep to make it an incredible seven wins in seven in 2021, and becoming Champion.
The future is bright for Furusato, who moves to Moto3™ next year. The first ATC Champion, Kaito Toba, is now a Grand Prix winner, 2015 Champion Ayumu Sasaki has taken pole positions and podiums, 2016 Champion Somkiat Chantra is the first ATC alumnus to race full-time in Moto2™, and 2017 winner Deniz Öncü is a Moto3™ World Championship podium finisher. His twin brother Can Öncü was a frontrunner in the 2017 Cup before winning the 2018 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and making history on his first Grand Prix appearance as he became the youngest ever winner. His career continues in WorldSSP. Billy Van Eerde, who became the first Australian to win the Cup in 2018, has raced in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship, as have 2019 alumni Sho Nishimura, Takuma Matsuyama and Tatchakorn Buasri.
2020 also saw an ATC alumnus lead the Moto3™ World Championship for the first time. Ai Ogura, after taking podiums as a rookie in 2019, put together an incredibly impressive second full season in the class, fighting for the title. He is now a Moto2™ podium finisher, the first from the ATC to achieve the feat.
The competition provides a chance for the most talented young riders in Asia and Oceania to make their first steps on the Road to MotoGP™
Check out all the information about the rounds and the riders and keep up to date with all the latest news, photos and videos. More
The competition sees Oceania and Asia’s stars of the future participate in a twelve-race championship held over six rounds. More