New riders selected for Asia Talent Cup 2017

Asia Talent Cup selects 17 new riders from 114 applicants after another successful selection event for 2017.


The Asia Talent Cup Moto3 program kicked off its selection process earlier this week in the Sepang International Go Kart Circuit. Under the watchful eye of head coach Alberto Puig, a total of 114 applicants tried their very best to make the cut to join in on Asia’s only Moto3 feeder series.

Like all the previous selection events, applicants were required to show their skills whilst riding astride Honda Wave Alpha 110CV race bikes – the same ones used in Cub Prix’ Honda One Make series.


The youngster that tried out varied in age from 12 to 20 years old. The large group of boys and girls that attended included riders from Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, The Philippines, South Korea, India, Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, New Zealand and Nepal.


Alas, after a stringent selection process lasting an entire day, just 17 riders made the cut to join in on the 2017 season of the Asia Talent Cup. Here’s the list of riders that successfully passed the trials to join the region’s top Moto3 feeder series for next year:

Muhammad Haziq Bin Mohamad Hamdam Malaysia
Syarul Yusloe Bin Suhaimi Malaysia
Muhammad Erfin Firmansyah Indonesia
Lucky Hendriansya Indonesia
Bima Febrinda Arifin Indonesia
Surya Nayayana Renaldo Surojo Indonesia
Riefsa Firdaus Hakim Indonesia
Kritchaporn Kadwsonthi Thailand
Reid Terrence Battye Australia
Takuto Suzuki Japan
Koji Hirama Japan
Haruki Noguchi Japan
Kai Saito Japan
Maxi Hattori Japan
Koki Suzuki Japan
Azroy Hakeem Bin Anuar Malaysia
Koko Masaharu Tadachi The Philippines


Reserve Riders

Herjun Atna Firdaus Indonesia
Mckinley Kyle Paz The Philippines
Yuuchiro Fukuda Japan
Muhammad Shafiq Ezzariq Malaysia
Bui Duy Thong Vietnam
Rajiv Sethu India
Broc Anthony Pearson Australia



Upon reviewing the day’s results, series coach Alberto Puig said, “It was a long day, but finally we reached a decision. It’s always difficult because you can make mistakes, but we are happy with the selection. The weather was great throughout the day and no-one was injured, which are two important points. We hope to have a fresh group of riders next season and we are looking forward to 2017.”

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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