Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup
The Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is designed to provide an opportunity for the most talented young riders in Asia and Oceania to make their first steps on the Road to MotoGP™. The project started in 2014 and is led by talent scout and Talent Promotion Director Alberto Puig, responsible for developing such talents as Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, together with 2009 250cc World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama.
The IATC aims to foster and develop the careers of the young riders from the region. They race on Honda Moto3™ machines on some of the biggest stages on two wheels including alongside MotoGP™ and WorldSBK, getting to know venues frequented by both – from Doha to Buriram to Sepang International Circuit. Two races per weekend ensure maximum time to hone their skills and racecraft – as well as giving fans the chance to get a double dose of some of the closest competition on two wheels.
The competition is run by Dorna, who run the MotoGPTM World Championship, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, and the British Talent Cup, as well as co-organising the Red Bull MotoGPTM Rookies Cup.
Although only in its sixth season, the IATC has already proven to be one of the best paths on the Road to MotoGP™: the entry list for the 2019 Moto3™ World Championship includes Japanese riders Ayumu Sasaki, Kazuki Masaki, Ai Ogura and Grand Prix winner Kaito Toba, as well as Red Bull Rookies Cup Champion, IATC runner up and youngest ever Grand Prix winner Can Öncü. In addition, Somkiat Chantra competes in the Moto2™ World Championship to become the first from the Cup to take on the intermediate class.
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™
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The competition sees Oceania and Asia’s stars of the future participate in a twelve-race championship held over six rounds. More