Five Malaysian youngsters competing in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup 2015 introduced.
Asia’s premier Moto3 racing series marks its second edition this year, following its successful inaugural running last year. The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup 2015 season will open next weekend at the Buriram Circuit, Thailand where it will be held as a support event to the second round of the World Superbikes Championship (WSBK).
This year, five Malaysians riders will form up the grid, with four them making a return form last year’s roster, accompanied by one new rookie. A special introduction ceremony was held earlier today. Amongst the guests present included Sepang International Circuit (SIC) CEO Datuk Razlan Razali, as well as Troy Chapman, Cluster General Manager, Shell Lubricants SEA.
Returning to grid this year are non other than Shafiq Rasol, Fakhrusy Rostam, Adam Norrodin, and Helmi Azman. Joining the foursome is newbie Azroy Anuar who made the cut from the selection process held after last year Malaysian MotoGP race weekend.
Azroy comes fresh out of the venerable Malaysian Cub Prix and KBS-MAM Kapcai Endurance series, just like the returning four riders. The youngster hailing from Kajang, Selangor has got the ambition to match his talent, with the hopes of one becoming a world champion.
Shafiq, the soft-spoken Malacca native, looks set on improving his 2014 performance. Shafiq was regarded as the best performing Malaysian rider in the series last year after becoming the first to break the all-Japanese podium domination, and the first non Japanese rider to score a race win. Shafiq also went on to end the 2014 season by placing 5th in the championship standings.
Adam Norordin, on the other hand, becomes the only Malaysian rider from the Asia Talent Cup Grid to expand his horizons. Alongside three other Japanese riders, Adam will compete in both the Asia Talent Cup series and the Spanish CEV Moto3 championship as well. Suffice to say, both Adam and Shafiq will be two riders to look out for once the season begins next weekend in Thailand.
BikesRepublic.com will be bringing you extensive coverage of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup 2015 season throughout the year. Watch this space for more. In the meantime, you can check out more photos from the recently held media introduction session with our national riders in the gallery below, or by visiting our official Facebook page as well.