Creating a solid team structure with the aim of continuing the development of the best riders to emerge from the Asia Talent Cup is the goal of Dorna’s Asia Talent Team in the FIM CEV Repsol series.
The logical step for these young Asian riders is their participation in the Moto3 Junior World Championship. The team, created in 2015, provides the riders with the ideal environment to keep improving their racing skills. The very high level of quality on the starting grid ensures competitive racing for all riders.
In addition, the riders deepen their understanding of the technical aspects of racing while working closely with their mechanics on bike set up.
The five riders with most potential shown during the previous season of the Asia Talent Cup move forward and compete in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship, from which they will then look to eventually graduate to the Moto3™ World Championship.
The diverse cast of riders from all over the world who make up the starting grid of the FIM CEV Repsol series continues its international evolution in the 2017 season – competing in races held at international circuits, with the backing of the FIM. Indeed, 70% of current Moto3™ World Championship riders have come through the ranks of the FIM CEV Repsol Championship.
In 2017 five riders will participate in the Moto3 Junior World Championship with Dorna’s Asia Talent Team:
Somkiat Chantra, winner of the Asia Talent Cup 2016, joins the team. Chantra clinched the title in an exciting final Asia Talent Cup race in Sepang, beating Andi Izdihar and Ai Ogura. Somkiat Chantra is the first Thai rider to hold the Asia Talent Cup title.
Japanese rider Kazuki Masaki will undertake his second season as a member of the Asia Talent Team and will be accompanied by his compatriots Yuki Kunii and Ai Ogura. In the 2016 Asia Talent Cup, Ai Ogura finished second with three wins, one second-place and two third places; whilst Yuki Kunii finished sixth, with two wins and a third place.
Indonesia’s Andi Izdihar will continue to be part of the young rider development outfit of the "Astra Honda Racing Team", which remains as an Asia Talent Team partner. Izdihar was third in the Asia Talent Cup in 2016 with six podiums (three wins, one second and two third places).
Meanwhile, further success stories see three riders from last year’s Asia Talent Team step up into the Moto3™ class of the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2017: Kaito Toba and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat will rider with Honda Team Asia, whilst Ayumu Sasaki has been signed up to race for SIC Racing Team.
In 2016 five riders participated in the Moto3 Junior World Championship with the Asia Talent Team: Aforementioned Japanese riders Ayumu Sasaki (2015 Asia Talent Cup champion), Kaito Toba and Kazuki Masaki, as well as Thai rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat representing “AP Honda Racing Thailand” and Indonesian rider Andi Izdihar with the “Astra Honda Racing Team”, as the then new official partners of the Asia Talent Team.
In 2015 three riders participated in the Moto3 Junior World Championship with the Asia Talent Team: Japanese riders Kaito Toba (2014 Asia Talent Cup champion) and Yuta Date as well as the Malay Adam Norrodin. They took 20th, 15th and 30th positions respectively. Ayumu Sasaki participated in the last CEV round of 2015 in Valencia as a wild card and stood on the podium with a 2nd place in his first ever race in the series. In 2016 Adam Norrodin joined the Moto3™ World Championship with the Drive M7 SIC Racing Team.