Asia Talent Cup adds Australian round for 2020

The provisional calendar for the 2020 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup has been announced, mapping out another awesome year of competition for the Road to MotoGP initiative. As ever, the season begins with the now-traditional season opener alongside MotoGP in Qatar before taking to Buriram, Sepang and Motegi, but there’s also an exciting addition for 2020: Australia.

The IATC is a one-make series featuring Honda NSF250R motorcycles and is contested by riders from 12 to 21 years old from Asia and Oceania.

Next season, the IATC will take on the spectacular Bend Motorsport Park, a state-of-the-art new circuit in Tailem Bend near Adelaide that opened its doors in 2018.

Sam Shahin – The Bend Motorsport Park

“The vision for The Bend Motorsport Park is to be a world class facility which hosts international standard events of the highest calibre. The Idemitsu Asian Talent Cup is an exciting series that will challenge its riders at The Bend. We look forward to welcoming them along with Dorna, the first-class organisation behind the series.”

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The Bend International Circuit detailed in orange

Peter Doyle, CEO of Motorcycling Australia

“Motorcycling Australia and the Australian Superbike Championship are thrilled to welcome the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup to Australia in 2020. The International Motofest has quickly become a standout event on the Australian motorcycle calendar and the addition of IATC is a perfect fit. This provides a great opportunity for the fastest young talent within the Asia Pacific region to compete together and to start their journey on the Road to MotoGP. Young Australian riders have already succeeded on this pathway and we hope that the Australian Superbikes Championship continues to play a pivotal role in also developing great racing Down Under. I am sure the IATC racing will be action-packed alongside Australia’s best rider in action and this makes the event a race weekend not to be missed.’’

Ahrens topped the Race 2 podium from Aju and Sanjaya
The Asian Road Racing Championship has visited The Bend but 2020 will be the first time the Asia Talent Cup has visited our shores

As the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup aims to discover talent from across Asia and Oceania, this round Down Under is an important addition to the calendar and between that and Australian Billy Van Eerde having taken the 2018 Cup, the future is looking ever brighter for young riders in the region.

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Billy Van Eerde – 2018 Asia Talent Cup Champion

This announcement also comes at a fitting time as MotoGP gears up for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend; an event sure to show off the country’s incredible passion for the sport once again.

Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO of Dorna Sports

“The Asia Talent Cup is one of the most important projects in our Road to MotoGP program and it’s an unrivalled opportunity for young riders in the region to begin their path to the top. We are excited to be heading to The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia, as it adds a new track to the Cup, which is always good for competition. Australia is an important country for Grand Prix racing, with MotoGP having race there since 1989 and multiple World Champions hailing from the nation, and is therefore also a pivotal presence in our Road to MotoGP program.”

Asia Talent Cup Rnd Thailand Race field
2019 Asia Talent Cup – Round 2 – Chang International Circuit
2020 IATC Calendar
  • Pre-season test. 11-12 February – Sepang, Malaysia
  • Races 1 & 2. 6-8 March – Losail, Qatar
  • Races 3 & 4. 20-22 March – Buriram, Thailand
  • Races 5 & 6. 8-10 May – The Bend, Australia
  • Races 7 & 8. 7-9 August – Sepang, Malaysia
  • Races 9 & 10. 16-18 October – Motegi, Japan
  • Races 11 & 12. 1st November – Sepang, Malaysia