News 1 Nov 2017

Relph lands Asia Cup of Road Race opportunity in India

Yamaha R3 Cup regular invited for one-off international event.

Source: Supplied.

Motorcycling Australia (MA) has revealed Tayla Relph will contest this year’s FIM Asia Cup of Road Race event in India on 16-19 November, where she’ll pilot a Suzuki GSX-R150 supported by the governing body.

Relph, who challenged in the Supersport 300 and Yamaha R3 Cup divisions throughout the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) this year, said she jumped at the opportunity, which she believes will be a true test of skill.

“After the MotoGP Australian Supersport 300 support races, I thought that my racing year was over,” said Relph. “Then all of a sudden, I got a call from MA CEO Peter Doyle asking if I was interested in racing in the 2017 FIM Asia Cup of Road Race in India. As soon as I heard an overseas opportunity might be available, I jumped at it.

“I’m looking forward to the race itself, as it will be a true test of skill, due to using the same machinery. There will be many countries represented and a vast array of skill levels, so it’s going to be very interesting.

“It is an invitation only event and it’s a one-event championship. It’s probably a race that could open up opportunities in the future. I’ve been to Spain and raced in Malaysia but they have been more selection events more than anything.”

The youthful rider finished up sixth in the Yamaha R3 Cup this season, while she was 23rd in the Over 300 division of the Supersport 300 class after only competing in a selection of rounds.