Earlier this month in sunny Sepang, Malaysia, three up-and-coming Australian’s lit up the Sepang International Circuit for the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (ATC) Official Test. Run from 9-10 February, the Australian trio consisted of Luke Power, Jacob Roulstone and Harrison Voight. Roulstone and Voight completed the Official Test in the top 15 overall, whilst Power’s standing suffered due to a crash in Day 1 which prevented him from returning to the tarmac until Day 2.
As they return back on home soil, all three talents are now gearing up for the opening round of the ATC which runs alongside the MotoGP from 8-10 March at the Losail International Circuit. Reflecting on their experience at Sepang, Power, Roulstone and Voight sat down with Motorcycling Australia on how they have laid foundations for the upcoming season, how they support one another on and off the track and their methods for managing competing priorities.
How was your experience at the Idemistu Asia Talent Cup test?
JACOB ROULSTONE: It was a really great experience but also pretty daunting when you know how many other kids would be at the track. But once I got onto the bike I found I adapted pretty quickly and found my feet!
My training consisted of mainly on-bike work in the lead up to the test which definitely helped me prepare!
LUKE POWER: It was a really great experience and incredibly well run by Dorna! I got to chat with a heap of riders, and although I crashed, I picked myself up and earnt a heap of experience before the end of the test! Overall, it was a fantastic experience!
HARRISON VOIGHT: My experience at the ATC test was awesome! It was great meeting all of the staff and riders for the year. I felt great on my bike and finished 11th overall (on times), across the two days. I’m looking forward to this year, and hoping for a great year.
How to manage both school and racing?
JACOB ROULSTONE: The racing is busy from start to finish, and you hit the ground running as soon as you get off the plane. My school is also super supportive with a lot of homework and content available online. Plus, my parents couldn’t be more supportive and that means the world!
LUKE POWER: I’m really lucky that my school is super supportive of me pursuing my passion. It gets tough on race weekends where I’m doing homework at the track or back at the hotel, but I never forget that getting good grades is important!
HARRISON VOIGHT: It’s difficult being away and missing time off school. I have to work extra hard to catch up and be up to date on my school work all the time. I find that when it comes to bikes and school, I have to keep the two separate and focus on one at a time. My school has been supportive of me being away and are helping every way they can.
Do you find it helpful travelling with the two other Aussie boys? Does it make the whole experience a little easier and more fun?
JACOB ROULSTONE: We all get along really well, which really helped as we travelled to a completely new country! But when the helmets are on, we each get into the zone and race!
LUKE POWER: You don’t get to travel around when you head over for a race, but having the two other boys and your parent there with you make’s it so much easier! We all get along and super each other both off and on the track, which makes your life that bit better.
HARRISON VOIGHT: It’s great having Luke and Jacob around while travelling because we all have a laugh and are good mates!
What do you do to get into the zone before a race?
LUKE POWER: Sometime I listen to music, but usually once the helmets on I switch into race mode! I find my head clears and I’m totally ready to head out onto the track.
HARRISON VOIGHT: Before a race starts I sometimes like to listen to music or have some quiet time to remain focussed.
What are your plans for 2019?
JACOB ROULSTONE: My goals are to hopefully make it onto the podium throughout the year and overall take out the Championship title for the Asia Talent Cup!
LUKE POWER: I’m super excited for the 2019 Asia Talent Cup to kick off, and I’m hoping to make it onto the podium right from Round 1!
HARRISON VOIGHT: My biggest plans for 2019 are to do well in ATC and learn as much as I can. I would also like to try and get back to the USA and compete in the AMA Grand Nationals for Dirt Track.
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