SHELL announced that the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup application period is now open, with the enrollment period for pre-selection running until September 5.
Riders from Asia, Australia and New Zealand who were born between January 1, 1994 and February 1, 2002 are eligible to apply.
Shell called the Advance Asia Talent Cup an “exciting youth development competition.” Launched for the 2014 season, it is a feeder series to the higher rungs of motorcycle racing, giving young riders a formal path into competitive road racing.
Run by Dorna, the organizers of the MotoGP World Championship and the FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co-organizer of the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup, Advance Asia Talent Cup provides a spotlight for the most talented young riders in the region. The competition will see the stars of the future participating in a multi-round series in 2015 aboard Honda NSF250R Moto3 machines.
Shell said the most talented riders who will make it through from the 2015 pre-selection event scheduled at the Sepang International Circuit on October 27 and 28 (after the Malaysian MotoGP round) will get to race in the second edition of the Advance Asia Talent Cup.
“This year’s inaugural Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup has seen some good young riders producing some exciting racing,” said Dorna Sports Chief Executive Officer Carmelo Ezpeleta. “We are pleased to expand the competition for 2015 by opening up participation to riders from Australia and New Zealand. The riders who eventually make it through to the competition know that they will have a valuable opportunity and great coaching.”
Andrew Hepher, Shell general manager for marketing consumer brands and product, added; “Shell fuel and lubricants have been at the forefront of international motorcycle racing for many years, and the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup only adds to the already extensive portfolio. We know that there is sufficient talent among young Asian riders and Shell is committed to helping them turn their potential into performance and support their dream during this early stage of their careers.”