Date posted on October 29, 2014
13-year old McKinley Kyle Paz from Taytay, Rizal successfully completed the selection for the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (ATC) International competition after two hard days of evaluation and testing in Sepang International Kart Track under the eyes of DORNA and Shell ATC Director Alberto Puig against 170 other riders from Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, China, India, Australia and New Zealand. He is one of 9 new riders who will be racing Honda NSF250R Moto3 bikes next year. Meanwhile, another Taytay rider, 20-year old James Aldrin Mendez, was one of seven riders that were put on the reserve riders list. He will also have a chance to part of the series next year in case one of the riders will not be able to compete. . The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup is an exciting competition that started in 2014 and acts as a feeder series to the world of motorcycle racing. The project aims to give riders from the Asian region a formal path into competitive road racing. Led in‐part by renowned and successful talent scout Alberto Puig, responsible for such talents as Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa and the leader of the successful MotoGP Academy, the competition will see Asia’s stars of the future participate in an eight‐race series (in 6 events) on Honda NSF250R Moto3 machines. This year our own Filipino Ralph Kenneth Torres competed in the Cup. Run by Dorna, the organizers of the MotoGP™ World Championship and the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co‐organizer of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the competition will provide a spotlight for the most talented young riders in Asia. Selected riders to join the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup
13 GERY SALIM INA 17 y.o
14 ANDI FARID IZDIHAR INA 17 y.o
35 MCKINLEY KYLE PAZ PHI 13 y.o
43 LACHLAN CRAIG TAYLOR AUS 13 y.o
62 MASAKI KAZUKI JPN 14 y.o
68 AI OGURA JPN 13 y.o
75 RYUSEI YAMANAKA JPN 12 y.o
84 SITTIPON SRIMOONTREE THA 14 y.o
117 AZROY HAKEEM ANUAR MAL 14 y.o
Reserve riders for the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup
8 BANGGA DEWANTARA SUNARYA INA 16 y.o.
25 PENGYUAN CHEN CHN 17 y.o.
33 JAMES ALDRIN MENDEZ PHI 20 y.o.
59 TOM STEWART EDWARDS AUS 13 20 y.o.
65 KITE FUSE JPN 15 20 y.o.
73 KATSUTO SANO JPN 16 20 y.o.
78 REI TOSHIMA JPN 15 20 y.o.