Registration for the 2020 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) will be open soon, giving a whole new crop of young riders from Asia and Oceania the chance to apply to join the Road to MotoGP™. Registration opens on 5th July , and Motorcycling Australia (MA) encourages outstanding young racers from all disciplines to apply.
The IATC is a fantastic opportunity for young riders to get their first taste of international competition, with race weekends at some of the biggest motorcycling events in the world alongside MotoGP™ and WorldSBK. Riders compete on identical Honda NSF250R Moto3™ machines, creating a highly-competitive Cup in which the goal is simple: learn and progress on the Road to MotoGP™.
Australian rider and IATC graduate Billy van Eerde has gone on to compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship. Australian riders Jacob Roulstone, Harrison Voight and Luke Power are currently representing their country in the IATC, with the hope of moving on to more international competition in the future.
Registration opens at www.asiatalentcup.com on 5th July and the application period closes on 11th August 2019, after which successful riders will be invited to take part in the Selection Event in Malaysia at Sepang International Circuit on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October – just before the 2019 Malaysian Grand Prix. There, a panel of experts will put applicants through their paces and the best will be offered the chance to join the 2020 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup and start their Road to MotoGP™.
There’s no minimum level of experience required for riders, but a certain skill level must be shown. Previous experience could include road racing, dirt-track, motocross, scooter or mini bike racing, but the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup is focused on searching for talent and potential, not experience. Applicants must be born between 1st January 1999 and 1st February 2007. The list of those chosen to attend the Selection Event will be published on 10th September 2019.
Registration opens: 5th July 2019 (online at www.asiatalentcup.com)
Registration closes: 11th August 2019
Publication of the list for the Selection Event: 10th September 2019 (www.asiatalentcup.com)
Selection Event: 29th & 30th October 2019, Sepang International Circuit
For more information about Motorcycling Australia, visit MA.org.au
For more information on the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, visit asiatalentcup.com
For information on Motorcycling Australia’s road racing academy program (also forming part of the Road to MotoGP™), the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup, click here.