Asia Talent Cup

Despite finishing second in Race 2 of round 6 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup at Mandalika Circuit, it was enough to deliver Hakim Danish his first ATC championship winning medal. 

  • Hakim Danish is the 2022 Asia Talent Cup champion. 
  • His tally of 187 points was enough to put him ahead of Japan’s Shinya Ezawa to claimed the 2022 title. 

The 15-year-old Malaysian started the race as the championship leader, with six points ahead of Japan’s Shinya Ezawa.

Despite falling behind Ezawa during the early stage of Race 2, Danish aggressiveness saw him overtook the front row to lead the race ahead of home favourite, Veda Ega Pratama. 

Both Danish and Pratama were neck and neck towards the final 10 laps which resulted  the two riders opening a five second gap during the remaining 6 laps. 

However, with 3 laps to go Danish seems content with his position and started to only continue his race pace without bringing the fight to Pratama. 

As a result, Pratama claimed his back-to-back race in front of the home crowd with Danish improving his Race 1 result with 2nd place in Race 2, while Ezawa completed the podium at 3rd place.

Second place was enough for Danish to claimed his maiden ATC championship with 187 points, 10 points ahead of Ezawa while Pratama took third spot in the championship standing. 

Rising Malaysian two-wheeled racing star Hakim Danish scores sensational podium during last weekend’s European Talent Cup season-opener in Estoril, Portugal.


Hakim Danish completes weekend in Mandalika with back-to-back wins in Asia Talent Cup Round 2.


Terengganu-born prodigy Hakim Danish snatches maiden Asia Talent Cup win in Mandalika, Indonesia.


Pelumba muda negara, Hakim Danish berjaya menjulang nama Malaysia di Litar Mandalika, Indonesia hari ini selepas memenangni Perlumbaan 1 pusingan kedua Idemitsu Asian Talent Cup (IATC) 2022, hari ini.

Pelumba berusia 14 tahun itu melintasi garisan penamat dengan jurang masa lebih 10 saat berbanding pelumba tempat kedua.

Ternyata saat itu membanggakan bagi Danish yang sebelum ini turut meluahkan misi untuk mencabar kejuaraan ATC musim ini.

Bermula di petak kedua ternyata cukup penting bagi Danish yang terus merampas kedudukan pertama di awal perlumbaan dan terus mengekalkan kedudukan sehingga ke lap terakhir.

Danish akan turun untuk Perlumbaan 2 esok.

Hakim Danish berjaya menaiki podium dalam perlumbaan pertama dan kedua dalam pusingan pertama Asia Talent Cup 2021 di Qatar.

Pelumba berusia 14 tahun itu berjaya mengekalkan rentak konsisten dalam kedua-dua perlumbaan meskipun ini merupakan penampilan sulungnya di ATC 2021 setelah menjuarai SIC MiniGP tahun lalu.

Sewaktu perlumbaan pertama, keputusan perlumbaan terpaksa ditentukan menerusi ‘photo finish’ tatkala jarak Hakim bersama pemenang tempat kedua, Gun Mie hanya dipisahakn beberapa detik.

Sementara itu, dua lagi wakil negara, Sharul Sharil dan Danial Sharil mengisi tempat ke-5 dan ke-7.

Memasuki perlumbaan kedua, Hakim mengekalkan rentak konsisten untuk menamatkan perlumbaan di tempat ketiga, di belakag Kanta Hamada manakala Taiyo Furusato yang muncul pemenang di perlumbaan pertama kekal menjuarai perlumbaan kedua.

Hakim pada suatu ketika mengekori rapat Furusato namun pelumba Jepun itu berjaya mejarakkan diri sebelum Hamada menggunakan pengalamannya untuk memecut dan sampai ke garisan penamat terlebih dahulu.

Pusingan kedua ATC 2021 bersambung di litar sama pada hujung minggu ini.

  • Afridza Munandar, an Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) rider passed away moments ago.

  • He sustained mortal injuries in a crash at Turn 10 on Lap 1 at the Sepang International Circuit.

  • Munandar was set to challenge for the IATC title this weekend.

We are saddened to learn and share that Afridza Munandar, an Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) rider passed away moments ago.

20-year-old Munandar was involved in accident at Turn 10 on Lap 1 of the race. The race was immediately red-flagged. Spectators saw the medical emergency helicopter land near the corner thereafter. The helicopter flew the stricken rider to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries later despite the valiant efforts of the medical staff at the circuit and in the hospital to save his life.

Munandar was one of the hottest talents in the championship this year and was set to duel for the title this weekend at the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC). He has won two races, finished second twice and third also twice this season.

The FIM, FIM Asia, Dorna Sports and all involved in the IATC extended their condolences to Munandar’s family, friends and loved ones. calls for a minute of silence for the fallen rider and his grieving loved one.


Susulan kejadian yang tercetus ketika perlumbaan Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup di Litar Antarabangsa Sepang (SIC), hari ini, pihak penganjur mengesahkan bahawa pelumba, Afridza Munandar, meninggal dunia.

Pelumba Indonesia berusia 20 tahun itu terbabit dalam kemalangan ketika di Selekoh 10 lap pertama lalu memaksa pegawai perlumbaan mengibar bendera merah.

Afridza menerima rawatan kecemasan di tepi litar sebelum dipindahkan ke hospital Kuala Lumpur menggunakan helikopter.

Pihak hospital bertungkus lumus untuk menyelamatkan pelumba muda itu sebelum doktor mengesahkan Afridza meninggal dunia.

Afridza merupakan bintang semakin meningkat a musim  ini apabila telah pun merekodkan dua kemenangan, dua kali tempat kedua dan dua tempat ketiga setakat ni.

Pihak FIM, FIM ASIA, DORNA serta setiap yang terlibat dalam Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup menzahirkan ucapan takziah.


  • Round 2 of the 2018 Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) went off without a hitch.

  • It was an exciting day as the riders and their teams showcased their effort and skill at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

  • Race 1 for all classes (except the TOC Desmo Cup) were held today. Race 2 is due tomorrow.

If there’s any indication of tomorrow, today’s (Saturday 28th July 2018) track action in the 2018 Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) Round 2 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) demonstrated just how much excitement will be in store tomorrow (29th July 2018).

The morning started with another torrential downpour like the one during Round 1, forcing the riders to go out on Pirelli Diablo Rain tyres and getting fully drenched. They had to do so to gather setup data in case the rain continued throughout the day.

Of important note, SIC has revised the race program for the MSBK series, featuring Free Practie and Qualifying on Friday, Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday for all classes apart from the TOC Desmo Cup.


The ATC riders were the first to hit the track for Race 1 at 1pm. The rain had stopped by this point and the track was drying quickly.

Characteristic of the ATC, the teenagers fought tooth and nail from the green light. However, Mario Aji (#7) from Indonesia and Bill Van Eerde from Australia (#19) managed to break free of the chasing pack halfway through the race.


The pair then started trading the lead with some almost impossible and heart-stopping passes. However, Aji turned up the pace in the last few laps (recording his best on the final and 13th lap) to keep Eerde at arm’s length, to finish 1st and 2nd, respectively.

In 3rd was Malaysian Danial Sharil (#21) who did well to fight off the other riders and found space to ride a steady race to finish 5 seconds ahead of the 4th place man, Lucky Hendriansya (#13) also from Indonesia.


This class is open specifically for Ducati owners to test their skills in a competitive environment. As mentioned earlier, the Desmo owners went out for Qualifying today. It was an awesome sight and aural pleasure to hear the Thundering Twins roaring around the Sepang International Circuit.

Syamsul Bakhtiar Esa (#14) on a Ducati 1198 recorded the fastest lap of 2:35.576 and astounding 8.166 seconds faster than 2nd placed qualifier Zulkiply Yahya (#12) on a Ducati 1098. 3rd fastest was Muhammad Danial Afiq Zamry (#98) on a Ducati 1198.

It was an important affair for both the Desmo Owners Club and TOC Automotive College as TOC supplied the technician workforce which consisted of their lecturers and students, allowing them to get their hands on racebikes as part of their education. Desmo Cup participants, on the other hand, have experienced lecturers working on their bikes.

The TOC Desmo Cup race will be held tomorrow.


The big news prior to this weekend was Malaysia’s current Moto3 rider, Adam Norrodin would be racing in this 600cc class.

Moto3 Rider Adam Norrodin to Ride at MSBK

But Muhammad Helmi Azman (#32) had different plans as he blasted into the lead when the red lights went out, trailed by Adam and the rest of the field. As the race progressed, Helmi kept his blistering pace to open up a huge lead, which he held on to win the race.

Fakhrusy Syarikin Rostam (#66) had been shadowing Adam for many laps until he overtook the latter with a daring move into Turn One. The pair then started trading places until the last lap when Adam managed to capitalize.

Adam came home 2nd with Rostam less than 0.2 second behind him.



It’s time for the ultra-competitive, hence ultra-entertaining Super 250 class in mid-afternoon. Competition is extremely close (and cutthroat) as the bikes are closely matched in terms of horsepower, meaning one has to work really hard to break away.

And fought they did, from even before they started braking for Turn One on the opening lap! The competitors banged fairings and elbows into Turns One and Two, almost causing a couple of crashes.

Championship leader, Indonesian Surya Narayana (#9) fought his way through to lead from Turn Two and held on to the finish, although he was hounded closely Jailani Kosma (#71) from Malaysia. Narayana kept his nerve and crossed the finish line as the winner with Kosma 0.5 second behind.

There was pandemonium as the riders fought each other hard, until Yokeshwaran K (#6) from India crashed hard just after the apex for Turn Two, causing the field to slow down and string out.

Malaysian Luth Harith B. Erwan (#38) picked up the final podium spot.


As opposed to Supersport, the Superstock class consists of 1000cc sportbikes.

Azroy Hakeem’s (#5) aggression worked well to allow him to decimate the field of 17 riders. He crossed the line a full 30 seconds faster than Amirul Hafiq Azmi (#80) of TOC-HKM Racing Team in 2nd.

Ahmad Khan (#66) came home in 3rd.


With so many races lined up throughout the day, the premier Superbike class started at 6.15pm. The weather had cooled tremendously by this point, much to the relieve of the riders and tyres.

Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (#25) of Chia PJ Kawasaki knew he had to contend with MSBK’s ex-champion, Rajini Krishnan (#67) who hails from India.

Indeed, the two rode in close formation at the head of the field from the start, with Rajini poised to capitalize on Azlan’s mistakes. Their teams and spectators held their bated breath as Rajini started to close the gap. The pass was going to happen soon.

But Azlan dug deep into his experience in the Asia Road Racing series and turned on his beast mode and started attacking every corner aggressively to open up an immense lead.

That forced Rajini to ride safe and he backed off his pace by the end of the race as he has a comfortable cushion over Jonathan Serrapica (#48) from Switzerland.

The trio completed the race in that order.

It was however, a day to forget for TOC-HKM Racing Team as both riders crashed in the race. Amirul Hafiq Azmi was holding on in 3rd when crashed heavily, destroying the bike. Fortunately, he was okay. His teammate and championship leader, Muhammad Jamalul Tarmizi (#89) was fighting for 4th place with Michael Muesel (#78) of Thailand when the former low-sided into the gravel trap. He was able to remount his bike and finished in 15th for a single point.


The 2018 Pirelli Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSBK) Round 2 concludes tomorrow.


  • Pegawai SIC telah mengumumkan bahawa Petronas tidak akan menaja Hafizh Syahrin untuk Moto2 musim 2018.
  • Desas desus itu akhirnya telah disahkan lewat semalam tetapi SIC juga telah mengatakan bahawa penunggang berusia 23 tahun itu akan masih berlumba pada tahun 2018 bagi sebuah pasukan Moto2 SIC yang baru ditubuhkan.
  • Petronas hanya akan menaja penunggang Moto3 pada musim hadapan di bawah pasukan Petronas Sprinta Racing, iaitu Adam Norrodin dan Ayamu Sasaki.


SIC officials have announced that Petronas will not sponsor Hafizh Syahrin for Moto2 in the 2018 season.

The rumours were finally confirmed late yesterday but SIC also stated that the 23 year old will still race in 2018 under a newly-formed Moto2 team under SIC.

Petronas will only support the Moto3 riders next season under the Petronas Sprinta Racing team which are Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki.

The rumours that have been going around for quite some time are finally confirmed late yesterday when Petronas announced that they will not be sponsoring national rider Hafizh Syahrin to continue his Moto2 efforts in 2018. (more…)


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