2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup pre-season tests conclude in Sepang, Malaysia. (more…)
Even though the cup is only two years old, it has already produced a world championship rider – Adam Norrodin.
2016 will once again see the championship contested over six rounds in five different countries each round hosting two races. Sepang will see the season kick off with two days of testing in February before the Cup heads to Thailand to race alongside the WSBK Championship.
Qatar will host races three and four from March, the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup racing alongside the MotoGP World Championship. Mid-May will see the Cup riders return to Sepang for their first races at the Malaysian circuit, once again alongside the WSBK Championship before heading to the Zhuhai circuit in China. This race will run with the highly popular Pan Delta event.
The final two rounds of the 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup season will see the youngsters follow the MotoGP riders to Motegi and Sepang in October for last four races. 12 races and ample practice time offer riders a chance to learn the tracks and continue to improve their race craft.
The riders who will be participating in the 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup are:
Tom Stewart William Edwards (Australia)
Ahamed Kadai Yaseen (India)
Irfan Aradiansyah (Indonesia)
Dwiki Hardhiana Suparta (Indonesia)
Faldhan Novayaser Mardani (Indonesia)
Alif Akbar Utama (Indonesia)
Basyiruddin Samhan Mashuri (Indonesia)
Riku Sugawara (Japan)
Yuki Kunii (Japan)
Shogo Kawasaki (Japan)
Muhammad Izam Ikmal (Malaysia)
Muhammad Khairul Ikhwan Bin Ajis (Malaysia)
Amirul Hakim Bin Mohd Rizal (Malaysia)
|Date||Event Type||Coinciding Event||Circuit||Country|
|9 th – 10 th February||Test||None||Sepang||Malaysia|
|11th – 13th March||Races 1&2||WSBK Thailand||Buriram||Thailand|
|17th – 20th March||Races 3&4||MotoGP Qatar||Losail||Qatar|
|13th – 15th May||Races 5&6||WSBK Malaysia||Sepang||Malaysia|
|16th – 19th September||Races 7&8||Pan Delta||Zhuhai||China|
|14th – 16th October||Races 9&10||MotoGP Japan||Motegi||Japan|
|28th – 30th October||Races 11&12||MotoGP Malaysia||Sepang||Malaysia|
Dunlop Motorsport and Dorna Sports announced that they have signed a contract for the exclusive supply of tyres for the 2016 season of Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.
According to the contract, Dunlop will supply next season’s tyres and offer technical support to the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, extending their agreement with Dorna from which Dunlop already supplies tyres to both the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships.
Kazushi Aso, the head of international tyre development and race promotion of Dunlop said, “We’re pleased to be a part of the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup as the technical tire supplier. We’d like to appreciate Dorna for accepting us. As you know, in these days, many talented and young riders in Asia are trying to make their carriers and step up in road races in the world. And also the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup has been playing a very important role in that situation by providing them precious opportunities.”
Javier Alonso, managing director of Dorna events area added, “It is a great honour to be able to work with a brand such as Dunlop in the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, extending the existing collaboration we have with them in Moto2 and Moto3.”
Shell Advance has launched its flagship product limited edition packs of its flagship product – the Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology, in conjunction with the upcoming 2015 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.
According to Shell, the limited edition packs will come in different collectible designs. While the Shell Advance Ultra 10W-40 will feature Malaysian Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup riders and Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, the 15W-50 will feature the Ducati Corse MotoGP team. Both fully synthetic motorcycle engine oils retail at RM68.30 for a one-litre pack.
“Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology is the only motorcycle engine oil in the market that is made from natural gas. It is a result of our long involvement in motorsport that has enabled us to transfer cutting-edge lubrication technology developed for race tracks to products for everyday use on the road,” said Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd managing director Tuan Haji Azman bin Ismail.
On another note, Shell has also renewed its title sponsorship of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, having reached an agreement with Dorna Sports, the MotoGP rights holder, to support the FIM MotoGP World Championship and the Sepang International Circuit’s hosting of the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix for the 2015 and 2016 championship seasons.
In 2014, Shell Advance also signed a three-year deal to become the title sponsor of the Asia Talent Cup. Tuan Haji Azman also expressed delight with the opportunity for Shell Advance to be involved in the development of young riding talents from Asia through SAATC.