Rider dies during Asian Talent Cup race in Sepang

20-year-old Afridza Munandar is tragically killed in an accident during the MotoGP-supporting Asia Talent Cup race at Sepang


Asian Talent Cup title contender Afridza Munandar has died following an accident at the Malaysian MotoGP event at Sepang.

The incident occurred at Turn 10 on the opening lap of the race, with Munandar being given immediate medical assistance at the side of the track before being airlifted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

However, despite the best efforts of medics, the 20-year-old succumbed to his injuries.

Full statement from the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup

“Following an incident in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup race at Sepang International Circuit on Saturday, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Afridza Munandar.

“The incident occurred at Turn 10 on Lap 1, with the race Red Flagged immediately thereafter. The 20-year-old first received medical attention by the side of the track before being transferred to Kuala Lumpur Hospital by helicopter.

“Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and those at the hospital, Munandar sadly succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.

“Munandar was a standout rider in the 2019 IATC season, taking two wins, two second places and two third-place finishes in a season that had seen him poised to fight for the Championship this weekend.

“The FIM, FIM Asia, Dorna Sports, and all those in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup pass on our deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Munandar.”

Munandar had achieved two wins and four podiums in the Cup, which looks to promote young talent in the Asian markets to progress towards the grand prix classes. He came into the weekend still in contention for the title.

Visordown would like to pass on its sincerest condolences to Afridza Munandar’s family and friends.