On Tuesday in Malaysia the second day of the Selection Event for the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup took place.
With the dawn came the hopeful Malaysian riders, taking their first steps on the path to a possible ride in the 2015 competition.
A group of 26 of the brightest local stars, including the younger brother of Moto3™ rider Zulfhami Khairuddin, registered for their chance to take to the Sepang International Karting Track on the specially prepared Honda Underbone machines.
With perfectly clear skies above, the youngsters divided into two groups and began their acclimatisation to the track and machines, with a few small crashes in the early laps it was soon clear that the standards were high.
They needed to be fast as at 11am the group was whittled down by half as the best riders from day one joined the fray for their second chance to impress the ACT director Alberto Puig.
With laps being run in both directions in different sessions all the top riders were put through their paces one more time and the group was whittled down to a final selection of just 30 from the original group that began the day.
Then it was really crunch time, with just two more 10 minute sessions on the track to hone their lines the riders had to give it their all and some gave a bit too much with more spills as bikes and riders hit the deck.
But the times kept coming down and the riders kept improving, which in turn meant that the final deliberation would be a fraught affair.
With the final runs of the day done the heavens opened as Puig deliberated long and hard over his decision of which riders to take forward to the next stage of the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup.
A nervous silence gripped the crowd of expectant riders as the final word came after almost two hours of talks that nine riders would join the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup in 2015, including the first rider from Australia.
Tears of heartache were mingled with tears of joy as the two very intense days of testing came.
Selected riders to join the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup: