Asia Dream Cup Talent Search continues
Are you the next great rider to emerge from Asia? Have you always been looking for a chance to be noticed for your talent as a rider?
If you have replied yes to the above two questions, then you may be interested to know that the Asia Dream Cup is embarking on a search for new talents for the 2016 season.
Want to learn more? Read on…
What Is the Asia Dream Cup?
The Asia Dream Cup, begun in 2012, was motorcycle giant Honda’s initiative to develop motorcycle racing talents in Asia. It is a single-make developmental series using the Honda CBR250R, that races in conjunction with all rounds of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.
Who is eligible to apply?
You would be eligible if you are:
* aged 13 to 25 years old;
* from Australia, China, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Taiwan
Why are you limiting the number of countries? What about riders from other Asian countries such as India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam?
Countries such as India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam already have their own established Honda talent developmental system. Hence, these countries are excluded from this search.
How do I apply?
Simply email your racing profile to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after I submit my application?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on their credentials. All riders who have been shortlisted will be invited to go for a selection which will be held during the pre-season test of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. From there, those who perform during the test will be offered a slot in the 2016 season.
Do I have to pay to be a part of the Asia Dream Cup?
If you are offered a spot in the 2016 Asia Dream Cup, you need to pay for the travel expenses (flight) to each host country for yourself and one mechanic.
The bike, racing suit and helmet will be provided by Honda (no external branding allowed).
Meals on track are also provided. But meals expenses at night are not part of the package.
Will I have a coach to work with me?
Yes. GP rider Shinya Nakano is lead coach for the Asia Dream Cup. Google him for yourself and check out his impressive credentials!
Have there been any success stories coming out of this developmental series so far?
The Asia Dream Cup has achieved amazing results in five short years. They are:
- 2012 Champion – Hikari Okubo (Japan) – will be racing full season in the World SuperSports series in 2016
- 2013 Champion – Hiroki Ono (Japan) – will be in his second full season in the Moto3 World Championships
- 2014 Champion – Khairul Idham Pawi (Malaysia) – will be making his full season debut in the Moto3 World Championships, teaming up with Hiroki Ono.
- 2015 Champion – Muklada Sarapuech (Thailand) – will be groomed further via the Spanish Championships.