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Rajiv Sethu grabs a podium finish for IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team on day 2 of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021 round 3 at INMRC-PS165

Rajiv Sethu grabs apodium finish for IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team on day 2 of Indian NationalMotorcycle Racing Championship 2021 round 3

·      Thetrio of Rajiv, Mathana&Senthil Kumar finished the close race 2 in Top 6gaining valuable points for team

·      UllasSantruptNanda wins the dramatic race 2 of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race followed byAlwin Sundar on 2nd and Prabhu V on 3rd

·      Double1-2-3 for Sarthak,Kavin&Mohsin in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R

·       IDEMITSU Honda India Talent CupCBR150R rider Prakash Kamath solidifies the championship lead;IkshanShanbag&TheopaulLeander get double podium finishes in round 3

Chennai, 10 October2021: Riding into the day 2 of Indian National MotorcycleRacing Championship 2021 Round 3, the IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team ended theround with one podium finish in Pro-Stock 165cc category.

Taking lessons fromyesterday’s race, Rajiv Sethu showed strength on racetrack and was third tocross the chequered line in PS165cc category, clocking the fastest lap of1:54:631. Rajiv finished the racewith a difference of just0.261 seconds withthe race leader. His teammates Mathana Kumar and Senthil Kumar lapped back homeat fifth and sixth positions respectively. The trio gained total 33 points forIDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team.

Speaking on riders performance, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President – Brand & Communications,Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The great show putup by our next-gen riders over the weekend clearly shows the fast pace withwhich these riders are developing in the world of racing.Performing withextreme finesse and skill on track, Kevin Quintal andPrakash Kamat continues to lead NSF250R and CBR150R categories respectively.Meanwhile,we saw a good come back by our seasoned rider Rajiv Sethu who earned a podiumfor the team. Mathana and Senthil too fought hard and returned with valuablepoints for team.We will come back to better our position in the next round.

Newly introduced HondaHornet2.0 One Make Race

In a highlycompetitive race 2 of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make race, Chennai’s UllasSantruptNanda took away the chequered flag with total time of 13:20.440. Starting therace from P3, Ullas went down up to sixth but his clean overtake in thepenultimate lap moved him to 2nd and got him into a tussle withKevin K. While fighting fiercely in a bid to seal the win, Kevin unfortunatelycrashed in last lap thus making way for Ullas. Ullas’s patience and smart strategiesin today’s race earned him a double podium finish in Round 3.Following him wasAlwin Sundar who finished second with a difference of 0.427 seconds and closesthe round 3 with 2 podium finishes, while Prabhu V finished third. Thrissur’sAnfal A who gave a tough fight for the top spot, had to settle at fourth due tosome mistake.

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR150R categories

The race 2 of IDEMITSU Honda India TalentCup NSF250R saw a repeat of show by yesterday’s podium finishers SarthakChavan,Kavin Quintal and Mohsin P. Crossing the chequered line in 14:46.889 seconds, the14-year-old Sarthak from Pune wins double gold in round 3. He was followed by Chennai’sKavin(16 years) who stopped the clock at 14:53.056 and continues to lead theNSF250R category of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup. Joining them on podium was19year old Mohsin from Malappuram,today marked his 3rd podium finishof the 2021 season.

In 13 riders gridof race 2 of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R class, Bokaro’sPrakashKamat took lead early in the race.Maintaining his pace till the end with a coolhead, Prakash comfortably took first position with total 13:10.827 time andbest lap of 2:10.177. While Satara’sIkshanShanbaghfought closely with Prakashandfinished second followed by Chennai’s Theopaul Leander on third. After today’srace, the trio has earned a double podium finish in round 3 of CBR150R Noviceclass.

 

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INMRC-PS165

Next-gen riders put up an impressive show on day 1 of round 3 of MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021 at INMRC-PS165

Next-gen riders putup an impressive show on day 1 of round 3 of

MRF MMSC FMSCIIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021

·      LocalboysKevin Kannan, AlwinSundar and UllasSantrupt Nanda dominates the race 1 ofnewly introduced Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race

·      SarthakChavan wins the close battle for victory; Kavin Quintal and Mohsin P secures 2ndand 3rd place on podium in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250RRace 1

·      Photo-finishwin by IkshanShanbhag followed by Prakash Kamat and Theopaul Leander in Race 1of CBR150R Novice class

Chennai, 9 October2021: As the day 1 of Round 3of the MRF MMSC FMSCI IndianNational Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021 came to a close today, next-genridersshowcased impressive racing skills on racetrack.

Today’s racesofIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – NSF250R & CBR150Rsaw the energetic young guns Sarthak Chavan, Kavin Quintal,IkshanShanbagh and Prakash Kamat set the track ablaze with their powerfulperformance.This rise in the level of racing from these young riders bearstestimony to the success of the program introduced by Honda 2Wheelers India tonurture the motorsports culture in India.

TheIDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing Team’s riders Rajiv Sethu, Mathana Kumarand Senthil Kumar gave a strong competition to others in PS165cc category ofNational Championshipand finished at fourth, fifth and eleventh placesrespectively.

Outlining the performance of the riders today, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President –Brand & Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,“Today was all about our young stars as they impressed us all with theirstellar performances.Sarthak displayed his racing prowess and won the NSF250Rrace today. It was incredible to see Kavin Quintal quickly moving up the ladderfrom his 10th place start in NSF250R. The CBR150R saw an epic battlebetween IkshanShanbhag and Prakash Kamatin the last lap. On the other hand, our Pro-Stock 165cc riders Rajiv, Senthiland Mathanafought hardand displayed true qualities of being great riders ontrack today by putting up a strong fight till end. Even though it was a toughday for them, our seasoned trio are fully geared to race their best tomorrow. Weare all set to better our results tomorrow.”

Newly introduced HondaHornet2.0 One Make Race

Theadrenaline-fuelled race of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make race saw Chennai’s KevinKannan stealing the podium win from Alwin Sundar who bagged second positionwith a difference of 0.736 seconds. Joining them on the podium is UllasSantruptNanda who lapped back 0.513 seconds behind Alwin Sundar. Thrissur’s Anfal Awhilefighting fiercely for podium finish went wide in lap 5 and finished fourth.

 

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR150R categories

The powerful Moto3 spec machine was putto its true test by young riders in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R. WhilePune’s Sarthak Chavan won the race, Chennai’s Kavin Quintal showcased his fullpotential despite starting from back of the grid after crashing out in morningqualifier. Racing his finest Kavin surpassed the race leader Sarthak Chavan inthe last lap. However, Sarthak quickly overtook Kavin and cemented first placeon podium with total time of 11:10.598.Kavin Quintal after recording the bestlap of 1:49.506, finished secondfollowed byMalappuram’s Mohsin P.

The first race of third round of IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup CBR150R saw IkshanShanbhag, Prakash Kamat and Theopaul Leandercompleting the podium.In a neck-to-neck racing action between the pole starterPrakash and Ikshan, Ikshan steered ahead at Turn 9 of last lap and took the podiumwin. Recording the best lap of 2:09.733 seconds, 17-year Prakash finishedsecond with just 0.039 seconds behind.WhileChennai’s TheopaulLeander afterstarting from 6th on the grid, aggressively moved after an intensebattle & clawed his way upto3rd place after an intense battlewith Rakshith Dave who finished fourth.

 

 

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IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing team adds one more podium in PS165cc class ofIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021 at INMRC-PS165

IDEMITSU Honda SK69 racing team adds one more podium in PS165cc class ofIndian NationalMotorcycle Racing Championship 2021

Rajiv Sethu creates history – Records fastest ever laptime of 1:56.005 in PS165cc category

 

·      Another2ndplace finish for ace rider Rajiv Sethu in PS165cc class ofnational championship

·      KevinKannan, Alwin Sundar and Rajkumar C gained top spots in Honda Hornet 2.0 OneMake Race

·      KavinQuintal, Mohsin P and Sarthak Chavan wrap the podium in IDEMITSU Honda IndiaTalent Cup NSF250R Open class

·      Race1 of CBR150R Novice class saw Prakash Kamattaking victory, Subhankar Joshi’smaiden podium finish (2nd) and Johann Emmanuel on 3rdposition

Chennai, 11 September2021: As the action on Day 1 of second round of MRF MMSC FMSCIIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship2021 reached its peak, theIDEMITSU Honda SK69 racing team snapped one more podium in Pro-Stock 165cc category.

Starting from first on the grid, Rajiv Sethu was pushedback to second in first lap. In neck-to-neck battle for victory, Rajiv overtook his rival and reachedat top place in Lap 3 but lost the hold in final lap with a minor gap of 0.046seconds. With total time of 11:46.778, Rajiv Sethu finished 2nd. Not only did Rajiv Sethu clinched the second place, healso recorded the fastest ever lap of 1:56.005 in the history of Pro-Stock165cc category.On theother hand, Senthil Kumar closed the race on 5th place, progressing2 places from his 7th place start on the grid.

Talking about theperformance of riders in Round 2 race 1, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, “All the racestoday showed us the undying and relentless spirit that our riders possess.Their power packed performances and the zeal to claim the top spots was evidentacross categories. Rajiv Sethuhas come of age and his new record of fastestever lap time of 1:56.005 in PS165cc class in today’s race is a testimony to that.Ouryoung guns too have set the pace for final races tomorrow after putting up stellarperformances in today’s race across NSF250R & CBR150R classes of Talent Cup.We are excited to see what they get on track tomorrow and are optimistic about theresults.”

Newly introduced HondaHornet2.0 One Make Race

Providing a platform to racing enthusiasts across thecountry to get a hands-on experience on racetrack, Honda 2Wheelers India introducedHonda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race. Gaining popularity, the category received entriesfrom 52 veteran riders in round 2 out of which 26 riders were shortlisted andfinally 15 riders qualified to battle it out on the racetrack.

Posttoday’s qualifying race, the experienced rider Kevin Kannan started off fromthird position on the grid and jumped to first place in lap 1 of race 1. Thereafter, Kevin maintainedhis lead till the end, stopping the clock at 13:26.735. In a highly competitiverace, Chennai’s Alwin Sundar and Coimbatore’s Rajkumar C crossed the chequeredline at 2nd and 3rd place respectively, having adifference of merely 0.101 seconds in their total time.

WhileThrissur’s Anfal Awho missed the podium by just0.136seconds, clocked the best lap of 2:12.339 in today’s race.

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR150R categories

The exciting race of IDEMITSU Honda IndiaTalent Cup NSF250R category saw Chennai’s Kavin Quintal solidifying his leadershipwiththree consecutive wins after today’s race. Displaying finesse in his riding, Kavinwasclosely behindPune’s Sarthak Chavan till last lap, who ultimately lapped backhone with total time of 11:08.113. Though leading the race till last lap, itwas the unfortunate jump start by Pune rider Sarthak Chavan that got him a 15seconds penalty thus placing him at third placeand Mohsin P at second place onthe podium.

The race 1 ofIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R category round 2 was jam packed withaction today. Despite having a tough start in today’s, 17-year-old PrakashKamat dominated the race 1 by overpowering others with a massive lead of 9.066seconds and secured his first victory of 2021 season (Total time 13:14.859).Following him back home was Pune’s Shubhankar Joshi who after his 6th positionstart steered up, thus grabbing his maiden podium finish. Joining them onpodium is Chennai’s Johann Reeves Emmanuel who lapped back home at third.

 


 

 

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Double podium finishes for IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing teamin Round 2 ofIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2021 PS165cc at INMRC-PS165

Double podiumfinishes for IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing teamin Round 2 ofIndian NationalMotorcycle Racing Championship 2021 PS165cc

·       Senthil Kumarclinches 3rdplaceon podium in race 2 of PS165cc classof national championship

·       Double podium win for Kevin Kannanand2 podium finishes for Alwin Sundar (Race 1: 2nd& Race 2: 3rd)inHonda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race; Balaji G grabs 2nd place in Race 2

·       Kavin Quintalgets consecutive 4thwin of 2021 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R Open class

·       Sarthak Chavan&Geoffrey Emmanuelgrabs2nd& 3rd place respectively in race 2 of NSF250Rclass

·       Bokaro’sPrakash Kamat takesdouble goldeninIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R Round 2

·       2nd& 3rdpodiumfinishes for Chennai’s Johann Emmanuel and Theopual Leander in CBR150R class

Chennai, 12September2021: Ridinginto day 2 of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship2021,the IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team ended Round 2 with two podium finishesin Pro-Stock 165cc category.

The action-packed Sunday saw both hope and courage fromthe ace rider Rajiv Sethu. Starting the race fearlessly from second place ongrid, he gave tough competition to other riders and maintained his steadyperformance until the last lap where his unfortunate crash pulled him down inthe race. Despite that, Rajiv recorded the best lap of 1:57.047 in race 2 ofPS165cc category.

On the other hand, Senthil Kumar, who after his 5thposition start left no stone unturned to grab a podium for IDEMITSU Honda SK69Racing team. Inching closer with competitors, Senthil finished the race onthird stopping the clock at 16:10.248 after a 15 seconds penalty.

Talking aboutHonda’s progress in racing, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, Managing Director, President& CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said,“This ismy first visit to Madras Motor Racetrack and I am thrilled to see theenthusiasm of all riders for motorsports. I had some of the best moments todayin watching these young champions proving their racing DNA. I’m glad that weintroduced Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race providing opportunity to racingenthusiasts and our customers in future to experience the thrill of racing onthe track with this machine. I hope that some of our young talent from the IDEMITSUHonda India Talent Cup will make it to International Racing Championships infuture. I wish them good luck for this season ahead.”

Speaking on today’s race, Mr.Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President - Brand &Communication, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, “Round 2 saw bothhigh and low points for Honda Racing India. Our young riders across NSF250R& CBR150R classesof Talent Cup are now maturing in the world of racing andshowing new techniques in their riding. Both Prakash Kamat and Kavin Quintalwere stupendous and showed their racing prowess. In Hornet 2.0 One Make Race,Kevin Kannan proved his racing DNA and utilized the machine well in topping thecharts. On the other hand, our experienced rider Rajiv Sethuunfortunately metwith a crash while giving a tough fight. Whereas, Senthil Kumar brought homeone more podium for the team.With the end of this round today, the challenge stillcontinues to take on the championship titles.”

Newly introduced HondaHornet2.0 One Make Race

In an intense battle to glory, the race 2 of HondaHornet 2.0 One Make Race saw changing statistics with every lap. Fighting forthe top from get-go, Kevin Kannan rode his best till chequered line despite technicalglitch in his machine.Crossing the finish line first with total time of 13:28.694,Kevin Kannan stamps his dominance with two podium wins in this round of HondaHornet 2.0 One Make Race. With 0.475 seconds behind, Balaji G closed in atsecond followed by Alwin Sundar at 3rd who recorded the best lap of2:12.092 in today’s race and earned a double podium. Itwasnot a good day for Sudheer Sudhakar who while contending for third place fell inlast lap of the race.

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR150R categories

The race 2 of IDEMITSU Honda India TalentCup NSF250R category was once again dominated by the local boy Kavin Quintalwhowon the racewitha huge lead of 8.995 seconds.Behind Kavin was Pune’s SarthakChavan, who with total time of 15:01.558 finished 2nd. Joining them onpodium is Chennai’s young gunGeoffrey Emmanuelwho made spectacular gains after aunfortunate crash in yesterday’s race which had put him back of the grid at 10thposition.

Today’s race sawPrakashKamat once again stealing the show with his power packed performance in IDEMITSUHonda India Talent Cup CBR150R Class. Having a comfortable lead of 12.276seconds, the 17-year-old from Bokaro Steel City took the chequered flagforsecond time this weekend.In a side-by-side racing action for 2ndspot between Chennai’s Johann Emanuel and Theopaul Leander, 15-year-old Johann finishedsecond,puttingTheopaul on third with a gap of just 0.162 seconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IDEMITSU Honda Racing India Ridersreturnto Chennai for 2021 INMRC Round 2 at INMRC-PS165

IDEMITSU Honda Racing India Ridersreturnto Chennai for2021 INMRC Round 2

Rajiv&Senthil riding for IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing eyeing for a win in INMRCRound 2

26millennial riders ready to take on the racetrack with IDEMITSU Honda IndiaTalent Cup 2021

15Riders will get a chance to experience the Honda Hornet2.0 One Make Race to yet again.

 

 

Chennai, September 8, 2021:Setting the tone forchampionship with their power packed performances in Round 1, Honda RacingIndia ridersreturns Chennai for Round 2 of MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian NationalMotorcycle Racing Championship 2021.The weekend extravaganza will see a total of 43 riders on Hondamachines in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup classes,Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race&Pro-Stock 165cc class of national championship.

Taking Honda’s charge aheadin Pro-Stock 165cc category of Indian NationalMotorcycle Racing Championship will be the rider duo of Rajiv Sethu andSenthil Kumar. Adding more weight to the championship will beHonda’s 26 young guns battling for top positions in theIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup(NSF250R & CBR150R classes).Parallelly, 15 experienced riders from across the country will race on Honda Hornet2.0to prove their mettle.

Speaking on the outlook for secondround, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior VicePresident - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, “It was after a gapof 8 months that our riders returned to racetrack.With strong and commandingperformance in Round 1, Honda racing India hada good start to the 2021 seasonof racing. Continuing the momentum, we are all set for the upcoming round thisweekend. We can say with full confidence that not only have our riders eased onracetrack but have also started thinking strategically with an eye ontop spotin the battle for glory. This weekend will surely be an interesting one as ourbattalion of riders is all charged to set the race rolling again.”

MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship – ProStock165cc

Jetting off from a strongstart in round 1, the IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing team enters round 2 with 58 points.With back-to-back 2 podium finishes, RajivSethu’spoints tally put him on 2nd position in the championship having atotal of 36 points in his kitty. Whereas, his team-mate Senthil Kumar with22 points isaggressivelycompeting to reach the top.

IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R and CBR150R

It is going to be aspectacular weekend of racing as 26young guns aged 11-21 are all set to showthe might of next gen on track in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup.

With 2 podium wins in firstround, 16-year-old Kavin Quintal from Chennai is currently leading the NSF250Rcategory of talent cup. Challenging him will be frontrunners Geoffrey Emanuel ofChennai and Samuel Martin of Bengaluru. Giving them stiff competition will be VaroonS, Charan T, Deepak S and ShyamSundar from Chennai; Sarthak Chavan from Pune, SarthakChavan from Pune, Mohsin P from Velachery, AS James from Bengaluru, RajDashwanth from Trichy and Vivek Rohit Kapadia from Belgaum.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Rakshith S Dave fromChennai is currently leading the scoreboard after back-to-back wins in round 1of CBR150R class. Completing the 14 riders grid will be the novice riders including PrakashKamat&ShyamBabu (who are in 2nd and 3rd position) whowere hand-picked from Honda India Talent Hunt across India – be it from theBokaro Steel City, Patna, Satara, Pune, Mumbai, Uttur, Malappuram & Chennaiready to partake in thechampionship with fierce confidence and grit.


 

 

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Honda Racing India’s Rajiv Sethu impresses with a strong start at HOMR

HondaRacing India’s Rajiv Sethu impresses with a strong start Closes the action packed race 1 of PS165cc categorywith 2nd position on podium

·      Theopening round of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race sawKevin Kannan, Veera AshwinLal and Sudheer Sudhakar grab podium finishes

·      NSF250Rsaw Chennai boysKavin Quintal, Varoon S and Geoffrey R Emmanuel on top spots

·      Maidenvictory for young rider Rakshith S Dave; Prakash Kamatgrabs 2ndposition &Theopaul Leander completes the podium with his first podiumfinish on 3rdin CBR150R class

Chennai, 21 August,2021:Day 1 of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National MotorcycleRacing Championship (INMRC) concluded with some action-packed performances atMadrasMotor Sports Club, Chennai.

While riders Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar fought fortop spots in the Pro-Stock 165cc category, 26 millenial riders raced theirfinest to grab laurels in the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R andCBR150R categories. Parallely, first race of newly introduced Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race saw a mixgrid of 13 riders including two girls Ryhana Bee from Chennai and Lani Zenafrom Pondicherry putting up a tough fight with boys.

Speakingon today’s race, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior VicePresident, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. Said, “The first day of Indian National MotorcycleRacing Championship (INMRC) 2021 started on a good note with our ace riderRajiv Sethu scoring second podium finish in PS165cc category.All our ridersraced their finest showcasing their exceptional riding talent.The polishedperformances of our young guns in the CBR150R &NSF250R categories andmature performance by riders in Hornet 2.0 One Make Race proved that it isgoing to be a much excited season. Taking the results from a constructive day,we are confident that tomorrow’s races would yield us better resultsand justifythe potential of all racers.”

 

MRF MMSC FMSCIIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship – ProStock 165cc

Representing the IDEMITSUHonda SK 69 racing team in Pro-Stock 165cc category are veteran riders RajivSethu and Senthil Kumar. Starting from 4th on the grid, Rajiv moved up to oneplace in first lap itself. In a close battle for the second spot, Rajiv made aclean overtake at turn 4 of lap 2 but againe pushed back at 3rd by the nearestcompetitor. Using the experience of previous races and putting learnings fromInternational races at the fore front, Rajiv once again leaped ahead of hisnearest competitor in the final lap and finished the race at 2nd place with atotal race time of 11:55.312. Team mate Senthil Kumar also held tight and gavea consistent performance to finish at the 4th place. Both Rajiv and Senthilwere able to steal points for the team by finishing in the top 4.

 

Inaugural round ofHondaHornet 2.0 One Make Race

Saturday saw fierceriding in Race 1 of the category from the front runnersKevin Kannan, VeeraAshwin Lal and Sudheer Sudhakar. Leading the race was Kevin Kannan from Chennaiwho held on the top spot while competing a neck-on-neck battle with SudheerSudhakar of New Delhi.After clinching the 1stspot in pen ultimatelap, Sudheer lost control of the bike and suffered a crash at the last cornerof lap 6 while contesting against Kevin Kannan. With total time of 13:28.543,Kevin finished the race at first. At the 2nd place stood teammate Veera AshwinLal of Madurai. Though pushed off the track, Sudheer Sudhakar picked himself upto finish the race at the 3rdplace registering the best lap of 2:12.512.

 

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR150R categories

Setting off abrilliant start, Pune lad Sarthak Chavan rode with poise and jetted of to thefirst position overtaking teammate Kavin Quintal from the early seconds of therace. Throughout the race, Sarthak and Kavin were engaged in a tough fight toclaim the first position. Intimidating his competitor, Kavin intelligentlymadea clean move and pushed back Sarthak.While trying hard to gain back the firstspot, Sarthak suffered an unfortunate crash. Local boy Kavinthus won the race 1of NSF250R category registering the best lap of 1:48.681. Lapping back homeafter Kavin were the Chennai boys Varoon S and Geoffrey R Emmanuel who grabbed2nd and 3rd podium positions respectively.

 

The IDEMITSUHonda India Talent Cup CBR150R category saw 14 of our riders in an intensehead-on battle for the top spots. The first lap itself witnessed a change inpositions.While the pole starter Prakash Kamat drifted away at first corner ofLap 1, 13-year-old Rakshith S Dave took the lead. Maintaining his lead throughoutthe 6 laps race, Chennai boy Rakshith won his maiden victory with a comfortablelead of 4.816 seconds. The second spot saw a tough contestation from TheopaulLeander, Johann Reeves Emmanuel and Siddesh Sawant before Prakash Kamat fromBokaro Steel City made a brilliant recovery and manoeuvred past competition tofinish at the 2ndplace. Joining Rakshith and Prakash on podium was20-year-old Chennai lad Theopaul Leander who finished the race at 3rdposition,thus grabbing his first podium finish.

 

 

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Double podium finishes for Honda’s Rajiv Sethu in INMRC Round 1 at INMRC-PS165

Doublepodium finishes for Honda’s Rajiv Sethu in INMRC Round 1

Youngtalent steals the show at Round 1 of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup

·       Expert rider Rajiv Sethu closesRound 1 of ProStock 165cc category at 2nd position on scoreboard

·       Chennai’s Kavin Quintal – undisputedleader of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF20R Open class

·       Sarthak Chavan’s brave effort in NSF250Rrace 2 bagged him 2nd place and Samuel Martin 3rd onpodium

·       With back to back 1-2podium finishes,13-year-old Rakshith S Dave now leads the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent CupCBR150R followed by Prakash Kamath on 2nd

·       Race 2 of CBR150R Novice class saw ShyamBabu (17 years) at 3rd place

·       Double victory for Kevin Kannan and2 podium finishes for Sudheer Sudhakar in newly introduced Honda Hornet 2.0 OneMake Race

·       Alvin Sundar’s first podium finishafter 5 years at 3rd place in race 2 of Honda Hornet 2.0 One MakeRace

Chennai, 22 August2021: The curtain went down today at Madras Motor RaceTrack with final day of 2021 Indian National Motorcycle Racing ChampionshipRound 1.

Continuing to gain on thepoints tally,the IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing team’s Rajiv Sethu with hisconsistent performancegrabbed a double podium finish for the team.Alongside thenational championship, the IDEMITSUHonda India Talent Cup saw energetic Kavin Quintal sealing top spot inNSF250R open class whereas it is a double 1-2 for Rakshith S Dave and PrakashKamath in the CBR150R Novice class.

The newly introducedHonda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race saw brilliant performances from veteran ridersacross India. With back-to-backvictories, Chennai’s Kevin Kannan leads thecategory while Sudheer Sudhakar at second.

Speaking on thefinal race day of round 1, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior VicePresident, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. Said, “IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing team haswrapped up the opening round with 2 podiums in PS165cc of nationalchampionship.Rajiv Sethu’s strong performance in this round confirmed his 2ndplace in the championship.Parallely, Kevin Kannan left no stone unturned inexhibiting the capabilities of the all-new Hornet 2.0 on racetrack. Our 26 youngguns had put up a wonderful show today. NSF250R rider Sarthak Chavan proved hismettle on racetrack after an incredible jump of 10 positions in today’srace.I amconfident that our riders will be backwithsame motivation and strength toperformbest to their abilitiesin the upcoming rounds.”

MRFMMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship – ProStock 165cc

The IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing team’s ace rider RajivSethu throttled fearlessly in race 2 of the Indian National Motorcycle RacingChampionship Pro-Stock 165cc category. Constantly trying to make his move fortop spot till the chequered flag, Rajiv finished at second place today withjust 0.047 seconds behind the leader.Meanwhile, his teammateSenthil Kumar gainedhis momentum in last lap and crossed the finish line at fifth position.

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR 150R categories

Racing on the Moto3machine, race 2 of NSF250R was dominated by Chennai’s Kavin Quintal whooverpowered others with a massive lead of 9.863 seconds. Outpacing the pack wasPune’s Sarthak Chavan who started the race from last, steered ahead of the restclaiming 2nd position on podium with total time of 15:01.335. BehindSarthak was Varoon S who in his battle for getting the third place, crashed outin during lap 6. After Varoon’s unfortunate crash, the battle raged on for 3rdspot between Bengaluru’s Samuel Martin and Chennai’sGeoffrey Emmanuel who finally finished 3rd and 4threspectively.


Setting the track on fire were the 14young guns of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R Novicecategory. Provinghisriding skills from the get-go, Chennai’s Rakshith S Dave shined on the race trackonceagain with a comfortable lead of 6.313 seconds. He was followed back home byPrakash Kamath of Bokaro Steel City. Competing neck to neck for the third spot,Shubankar Joshi and Theopaul Leander crashed in the last lap. Their crashconfirmed Shyam Babu’s third place at podium.

Inaugural round of Honda Hornet 2.0 One MakeRace

Therace 2 of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make racesaw changing statistics with every lap.Quicklymoving up from 5thposition start to 3rd position in Lap 1, Alwin Sundar held in a 3way side-by-side racing action with Sudheer Sudhakar & Kavin Kannan. In a nail-bitingrace to battle for glory, Chennai’s Kevin Kannan lapped back home just 0.010seconds ahead of Delhi’s Sudheer Sudhakar. Entering the track after five years,Chennai’s Alwin Sundar completed the race at third position, registering the best lap time of2:12.371.

 

 

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Honda 2Wheelers India announces line-up for 2021 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship & Honda India Talent Cup at ARRC

Brings excitement to the track withintroduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race

Chennai, 18 August, 2021: As the 2021 season of MRFMMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) is all set tokick-off this weekend in Chennai, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. (HMSI) raises the curtain from its 2021 riders’ line-up for the nationalchampionship.

In 2021, Honda 2WheelersIndia will give more power to its direction of ‘Developing Iconic Indianrider for National & International Championships’ with an aggressive focuson Brand Leadership & Structural Development.

Honda 2Wheelers India entersthe 2021 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC), vying tofurther strengthen its leadership in Pro-Stock 165cc category. With an impressive line-up of 2 seasoned riders inPro-stock 165cc category, IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing teamis eying for the championship this year.

Parallely, the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup 2021will focus on developing and nurturing young potential ridersof today to become India’s star riders of tomorrow. The 12 next-gen riderswill ride on the Moto3 spec NSF250R in IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R.Feeding into this as first step will be the CBR150R category of the talent cupwith 14 riders, including the youngest of only 11 years of age!

Taking a step further in itsendeavours to expand motorsports culture in India, Honda 2Wheelers India bringsHornet 2.0 on the racetrack with the introduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One MakeRace. Witha grid of 15 riders, the Honda Hornet2.0 One Make Race will provideopportunity to racing enthusiasts & our customers to experience the thrillof racing.

Speaking on the 2021 season,Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj –Senior Vice President - Brand &Communication, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India. Pvt. Ltd. said, Led by the challenging spirit, we are ready for 2021season of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship with an all-rounder line-up across categories and introduction of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race. This year, with two ofour expert riders in Pro-stock 165cc category, we aim for the nationalchampionship this year. At the same time, the future of Indian racing willsimmer in the IDEMTISU Honda India Talent Cup when the 26 next-gen riders willhit back the racetrack. We areconfident of the hard-work of our riders and expect many surprises thisweekend.”

Extending leadership in theNational Championship – ProStock 165cc

Taking the Honda chargeahead in Pro-Stock 165cc category of Indian National Motorcycle RacingChampionship will be the rider duo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar. Honda’s23 years old expert rider, Rajiv Sethu is three times podium finisher ofnational championship and a 2016 national champion whereas Senthil Kumargrabbed 2nd podium in the 2018 INMRC Pro-Stock 165cc championship. Backedby international racing experience at Asia Road Racing Championship, bothriders are gunning for top spots this year.

Developing iconic Indian riderwith IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R & CBR150R

Providing opportunity toyoung Indian riders to race on the pure racing machine, the IDEMITSU HondaRacing India Talent Cup NSF250R will see 12 riders proving their mettle on the racetrack.In 2021, 6 of these millennial riders including Kavin Quintal, Varoon S,Geoffrey Emanuel, Charan T from Chennai; Sarthak Chavan from Pune and Mohsinfrom Velachery will continue to ride NSF250R for 3rd season whereasSamual Martin, AS James from Bengaluru; Deepak S from Chennai and Raj Dashwanthfrom Trichy will ride it for 2nd season. The remaining 2 riders –Shyam Sundar of Chennai and Vivek Kapadia of Belgaum have been upgraded fromCBR150R category.

That’s not all. 14 young gunswill battle it out in the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent cup CBR150R category. Forthe first time, the CBR150R category will see a 11-year-old youngest rider AshwinVivek from Chennai who was identified at Honda India Talent Hunt 2021 alongwith Steve Waugh Sugi of Trichy. Joining them are young racing enthusiasts hand-pickedfrom Honda India Talent Hunt across India – be it from the Bokaro Steel City,Patna, Satara, Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Malappuram & Chennai.

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New talent sizzles at IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup at HITC-NSF250R

2020season sees new young brilliant riders

It’sa double podium delight for ENEOS Honda Erula Racing Team’s Mathana Kumar

·        NSF20R Openclass: Pune’s14 year old Sarthak claim his first NSF 250R championship closely followed by KavinQuintal at second position and Varoon S at third.

 

·        CBR150RNovice class: Rookie rider Shyam Sundar takes home the winning title ofIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R Novice class. Rounding him at thesecond and third are Vivek Rohit Kapadia and Rakshith S Dave

Chennai, December 20,2020: Withthe racing action limited to onlytwo weekends, the 2020 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship and IDEMITSUHonda India Talent Cup has been a challenging, fun and reckoning experience forHonda riders across categories of championship.

ExemplifyingHonda’s racing DNA, Honda’s 24 youthful riders of IDEMITSU Honda India TalentCup across NSF250R Open class and CBR150R Novice class left no stone unturnedwith their fireball performances. Topping the leadership board is the Pune’sSarthak Chavan. The 14 year old has taken over the championship title forIDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF20R Open class with his dazzling performancefollowed by Chennai boys Kavin Quintal at second position and Varoon S at third position.

Throttlingfearlessly with the confidence is the Chennai’s Shyam Sundar who became the championof the 2020 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R Novice class followed by VivekRohit Kapadia from Belgaum at second position and the youngest of all, the 12year old Rakshith S Dave from Chennai securing the third position.

ENEOS Honda ErulaRacing team riders grabbed 10 podiums in the 2020 season ofIndian National Motorcycle Racing Championship PS165cc including 3 victories. Sundaywas the day of hope and courage for the ace rider Mathana Kumar. In the morningrace we saw his battling skills and completing the round at the third positionwith the best lap time of 2:00.711. The afternoon finale race of the season,saw Mathana conquering fearlessly and finally grabbing his 1st winof the season. With this, Mathana scored 4 podiums in this season and securedthird position in the 2020 championship.

Expressinghis feelings, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior VicePresident, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. Said, “Sunday was filled with mixed feelings, whileRajiv Sethu continued to face technical issues with his machines, Mathana Kumarrose to the occasion and achieved double podium for the team Honda.Despite manylimitations and time constraints, I am overwhelmed with the performances of ouryoung guns in the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup. Both Sarthak and Shayam haveshown outstanding performances in their respective categories. Our debut ridershave also got great exposure and are all prepped up for the next season. Icongratulate all the riders for putting up their best efforts and now we lookforward to the 2021 season.”

 

Mathana Kumar leads with the best lap time inrace 4 of Pro-Stock 165cc

Leading the intense battle for the podium win,Honda’s Mathana Kumar was fully boosted for the victory. In the morning round,who fought neck to neck for the podium and completed the race at third positionwith only difference of 0.077 seconds from his nearest competitor and 4.238seconds from the podium win. Showing his confidence, Mathana who started fromthe third position in the afternoon took over his competition comfortably wonthe podium with the difference of 4.185 seconds with the best lap time of 2:01.498. While, it was ahard luck for Rajiv Sethu who couldn’t compete in the races due to thetechnical issues in his machines on the PS 165 class.

 

IDEMITSU HondaIndia Talent Cup – NSF 250R & CBR 150R categories

 

The NSF 250R saw the exciting race by theyoungest lad Sarthak Chavan who despite starting from the last grid showed hisracing DNA and crossed the finish line claiming the podium win. This made himthe winner of 2020 season of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF20R Open class.Following him was Bengaluru boy Samuel Martin who finished at 2ndplace followed by Mohsin P from Valanchery at the 3rd place. Fightingfor the podium win, Sarthak completed with the lap time of 14:59.511 with thelarge difference of 0.52.128 seconds ahead of Samuel. This Race was with twistswith top riders off the race, gave opportunity for some new riders on thepodium.

 

 

The action packed race of CBR150R Noviceclass saw the nail biting performances the Honda’s millennial riders, where theclass champion Shyam Sundar gave claimed the podium win with the lap time 13:30.923and become the champion of 2020 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R Noviceclass. Giving him the tough competition on the track was Ikshan Shanbhag fromSatara who in his debut season claimed 1st podium in the final raceand crossed the finish line at 2nd position with the only difference0.415 seconds. Following him was Vivek Rohit Kapadia who was competing for the1st position in the beginning of the race but turned to 3rdposition by the time of 6th lap. The other best performance was seenby Pune’s boy Shubankar Joshi who completed the race with the best lap time of 2:12.918and finished at 4th position.

 

 

 

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IDEMITSU Honda Racing India closes 2019 ARRC in top 9 teams at ARRC

Despitebest ever 11th finish of Senthil and 13th of Rajiv; a 5position penalty on exceeding track limit takes them out of Top 15 

· Goingfull throttle, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team closes 2019 ARRC championshipin TOP 9 teams of AP 250 with 35 points

· With2 Top-10 & 9 Top 15 finishes; Rajiv closes 2019 at 17th (10 rankgain over 27th in 2018)

· Rookierider Senthil Kumar closes maiden AP250 Championship at 30th out of44 riders 

 

Chang International circuit (Thailand) 1 December 2019: Despite scoring adouble whammy top 15 finish by both the Indian riders of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, the solo Indian racing team in theAP250 (Asia Production 250cc) class of Asia Road Racing Championship 2019(ARRC) faced a tough Sunday at Chang circuit.

 

With 30 riders from20 teams battling for AP 250 championship in the finale race, FIM 5 position penaltyon exceeding track limits in turn 12 of final 10th lap race turnedthe fortune of 5 riders. Despite being the first to cross the chequered flag,Md. Muzakkir was pushed back to 6th position. Astra’s Honda LuckyHendiransya’s 7th finish in race was amended to 12th.Similarly, Senthil and Rajiv too lost 5 positions from their 11thand 13th race finish to 16th and 18th positionsin final results, leading to no points for Honda’s solo Indian team despite a doubletop 15 finish.

 

Starting 16th,Rajiv’s good start took him to 10th spot ending lap 1. Lap 3 erased hisgains, pulling him back to 16th. Thereon, Rajiv made a fantasticrecovery to 15th by lap 4, 13th by lap 5 and climbed up to11th position by lap 6 when Top 12 riders were fighting in a 1.8 second gap. Bylap 8, Rajiv overtook 2 riders to enter into top 10. A wide cornering in turn12 of final 10th lap saw Rajiv finish 13th in race 2today, only to bear the brunt of 5 positions penalty which put him 18thon the official race2 result.

 

Still learning theropes of international racing in his debut ARRC season, 18-year-old Senthil continuedhis assault on time sheets to record his personal best lap record of 1:54:323at Chang ciruit today. Today, Senthil showed true challenging spirit, climbing11 positions from his distant 8th row start of 22ndposition to finish 11th – the best ever finish of Honda’s rookierider. But the 5 position penalty pushed him back to 16th in theamended results.

 

While 4 ridersincluding championship contender Irfan Ardiansyah crashed out during theaggressive race, local favourite Mukada Sarapuech and Vietnam’s Cao Viet Nam toodropped due to technical problems. Post the positions flux after penalty, A.P HondaRacing Thailand’s rider Piyawat Patoomyos was the winner, followed by VorapongMalahuan (2nd) and Awhin Sanjaya (3rd). After theclimactic race 2 finish today, it’s a clean podium sweep for Indonesians in the2019 AP 250 championship. While Andy Fadly won 2019 AP 250 title with 214points, Astra Honda Racing team’s duo of Awhin Sanjaya closed 2nd (188points) and Irfan Ardiansyah 3rd (187 points).

 

Sharing overview ofthe Honda’s solo Indian team’s debut season at ARRC, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.,“Today was the story of Indian challengers of Honda. For the youngest Indianrider at ARRC, Senthil did his best ever finish at 11th, broke the1.55 second lap time barrier and gained as many as 11 positions in the AP 250race for the first time. Rajiv too has grown immensely and our 2019 performancehas made others take us as serious competition now. Surely, today the penaltywas a downer but it is an opportunity for our riders to better their craft evenfurther. As a company driven on realizing the Power of Dreams, Honda racingIndia’s dream is to create an iconic Indian rider for the world. Working onthis dream, we will start the 2020 season testing tomorrow itself.”

 

Quote from IDEMITSUHonda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu

“I put up a very good fight in Race 2. While I wasreally excited by my 13th finish, the 5 position penalty was crushingfor me. But at the end of the day, I had taken a wide corner and had to bearthe brunt of it. Overall, 2019 was for sure a great season. I am now confidentthat I can fight in the front. The next season will require a lot of hard workbut I am ready for it. I am thankful to my sponsors CWI and IDEMITSU and mostimportantly my team IDEMITSU Honda Racing India. Now, its time to prepare for2020.”

 

Quote from IDEMITSUHonda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar

“Today, I recorded my personal best lap time in themorning warm up (1:55:688) which gave me more confidence before the race.Despite a bad start in the afternoon race, I gained 11 positions over my 22ndstart to finish 11th – which was my best ever finish till date. Butthe FIM penalty for exceeding track limit, cost me 5 positions to 16th. Despitethis, today has 2 positives for me. For the first time my gap with lead riderwas just 1.693 seconds and I also bettered my personal best lap time to 1.54seconds (1:54:323).”

 

2019’s been acracker of a season for India’s solo team - ‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team.With Rajiv’s and Senthil’s consistent improvement, Indian motorsport is comingof age. IDEMITSU Honda Racing India has ended 2019 ARRC season of AP 250 classin Top 9 with 35 points. With 2 Top-10 & 9 Top 15 finishes; Rajiv closes2019 at 17th. This marks a solid 10 rank jump over his 27th rank in2018 AP 250 championship. For the rookie rider Senthil Kumar who is stilllearning the ropes, his 30th rank out of 44 riders will seeimprovement ahead.

 

Parallelly, ZaqhwanZaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team in ASB1000cc class finished 2nd  in today’s race 2. This puts the team 4thand Zaghwan 3rd in the overall ASB 1000 championship.   

 

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IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’s Rajiv Sethu snaps 2 points for India at ARRC

With 2 positions gain, Rajiv finishesin Top 14 in AP250 Race 1 at Buriram

 

Chang International circuit (Buriram, Thailand) 30November 2019: Thebattle for title started from the morning qualifier only to be a sizzlingaffair by the afternoon’s Asia Production 250cc (AP 250) race 1 of the finale 7thround of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC) at buriram, Thailand.

 

For IDEMITSU HondaRacing India team rider duo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar, today turned outto be mixed day. While the morning qualifier pushed Rajiv out of the top 15front bunch, he made a strong recovery in afternoon’s race 1, finishing 14thand adding 2 more points to the solo Indian team’s kitty. Meanwhile, anaggressive cornering in last turn resulted in Senthil’s crashing out of therace in lap 1 itself.

 

The morningqualifier saw top 20 riders fight in a tight 2 seconds gap for the title battle.Riding with middle bunch in the first half of qualifier, Rajiv was initiallystuck in the 1:55 seconds lap time. But strategizing fast, the 21-year-old madea quick pit stop to lose this bunch. Rejoining with the fast bunch, he breachedinto 1:54 seconds mark to finally qualify 16th with best lap time of1:54:737 – a mere 2.185 seconds off the Thai female lead rider Muklada who clocked1:52:552.

Determined to winpoints for India in the afternoon AP250 race 1, Rajiv gained 2 positions to 14thin lap 1 itself. But Malaysian rider Muhammad Faerozi crash in lap 1 turned outto be the turning point of the race. While the top riders pushed ahead, thenext bunch of 7 riders including Rajiv hit the brakes and formed the nextgroup. From here on, this bunch of 7 riders rode in under 1 second gap.Clocking his best lap time of 1:54:539, Rajiv maintained his 14th spottill lap 3. Lap 4 saw him slip to 15th only to recover back to 13thand maintain this pace till lap 8. The 10 lap race saw Rajiv finally close 14thwith 2 positons overall gain, recording a total time of 19:16:421.

 

Despite the crash,today was a great day for rookie rider Senthil Kumar. The morning qualifier sawSenthil breach the 1:55 second mark (1:55:855) for first time ever at Changcircuit. A poor start in the afternoon race dragged Senthil to 27th fromhis 22nd position start. But challenging himself, the 19-year-oldrode aggressively, gaining 9 positons (a first for him) to climb to 18th spot.But the last corner of lap 1 proved to be his nemesis. While overtaking 2 moreriders, Senthil had a low-side and crashed out of the race. 

 

Sharing an overviewon today’s race1 and morning qualifier, Mr.Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Morningqualifier showed our riders are now taking correct strategic calls. Rajiv’sdecision to exit and re-enter the pit in morning qualifier shaved off 2 secondsfrom his time, pushing him from 22nd to 16th. In the racetoo, Rajiv fought hard and ended with 2 position gain, adding 2 more points toIDEMITSU Honda Racing India’s kitty. Senthil’s accomplished his target ofentering the 1:55 seconds lap time club. Despite his crash, Senthil’s realexperience today was his phenomenal recovery from 27th to 19th.Tomorrow will be a tougher day and aggression with calculated risks will be ourmantra. Our target for tomorrow is top 10 for Rajiv and top 15 for Senthilremains.”

 

Quote of Honda’sthird timer ARRC rider Rajiv Sethu: (14thin race 1)

“Today’s morning qualifier wasn’t as expected. I wasn’tfully confident of the front end. So I entered race 1 with a different set-up.I made a good start and was fighting for 11th position with thegroup. There was constant overtaking at every turn thereon. My strategy shiftedto defending my position. Even so, in turn 5 of last lap, I overtook 3 ridersto move to 11th position. But in turn 9 of last lap, an aggressivecontact with Malaysian rider Shahrol pushed me back 4 positions to 15th. Ridinghard here on, I overtook Thai rider Sawapol in the last corner and finished 14thgaining 2 positions over my 16th start. Tomorrow, my aim is to makea strong start, enter top 10 as soon as possible and maintain my pace thereon.”

 

Quote of 19-year-oldrookie rider Senthil Kumar: (DNF inrace 1)

“Yesterday, I had a target to enter the 1:55 secondslap time. Today, I met my target in the morning qualifier and entered the raceconfident of a top 15 finish. While the poor start pushed me back, I overtook 7riders which was a first ever for me. My crash was unfortunate but it’s also abig learning for me. Tomorrow, the fight will be equally challenging and my aimcontinues to be top 15 finish.”

 

Meanwhile,the battle at the front was a nail biter till the end. With a stronghome-ground advantage, A.P Honda’s Thai rider Muklada Saarapuech was leadingtill the start of last 10th lap. But, with top 7 fighting in lessthan 0.645 second gap, a cornering mistake at last turn dashed Muklada’s dreamof a win today.

Whilethe championship front-runner, Indonesian rider Andy Fadly quickly made a fastcorner to be the first to stop the clock at 19:03:763. Hot on his heels wasAstra Honda’s Indonesian rider Awhin Sanjaya who too overtook Muklada at lastcorner to photo-finish 2nd.

 

Parallely, HondaGroup Companies team Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA pulled strong in theinaugural Asia Superbike 1000cc class at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship2019 too. The team has recruited top personnel from Honda subsidiaries acrossthe Asia & Oceania region including a race technician from India. Theafternoon race 1 saw Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi win yet again with 1:36:130lap time in today’s race 1 of ASB 1000 class. 

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India’s hope - Rajiv and Senthil post their best ever practice times at ARRC

With speed and aggression, Honda’ssolo Indian team eyes top 10 finish at Chang

 

·      RajivSethu consistent in Top 15 with 1:55:084 lap time – hisfastest ever in free practice session

·      SenthilKumar stands 21st on the 30 rider grid with1:56:942 lap time, shaves 1 second off his lap time

·      19-year-old Kritik Habib, Honda’s next-gen talent in Thailand Talent Cup closespractice 1 in top 15

 

Chang International Circuit, Buriram (Thailand), 29November 2019:Entering the finale 7th round of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship(ARRC) 2019 at Chang International circuit in Buriram (Thailand), IDEMITSUHonda Racing India team’s rider-duo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar finishedtoday’s 3 practice sessions on a strong note amidst intense competition fromAsia’s best riders. 

IDEMITSU HondaRacing India team’s experienced 3rd timer Rajiv was his fastest everin free practice sessions at Chang circuit. With a lead gap of only 2:045seconds from the Indonesian lead rider Rafid Topan who stopped the clock at1:53:039, Rajiv clocked his best practice lap time of 1:55:084 here. 

Meanwhile IDEMITSUHonda Racing India’s 19-year-old rookie rider Senthil too showed consistentimprovement. Finishing 21st on the grid, Senthil today too recordedhis personal best practice lap time of 1:56:942. Gaining confidence in the 6rounds of 2019 ARRC, Senthil has significantly reduced his gap with lead riderto 3.903 sec today compared to the 4.628 sec gap in earlier round 3 in the sameChang circuit.  

Withthe battle for AP250 title still up for grabs in the last round, the heat wason today. Top 15 riders fought in just 2:045 seconds gap. Ruling today’scombined practice from the front was Indonsian Rafid Topan Sucipto (1:53:039)followed by A.P Honda Racing team’s Thai rider duo of Piyawat Patoomyos(1:53:157) and Muklada Sarapuech (1:53:194).

 

After a constructiveday today, tomorrow will be decisive. Honda’s Indian duo is fighting with 30 ofAsia’s top riders from 8 countries. But the Indian challengers are confidentafter their positive track outing today. While Rajiv aims for a top 10 finish;Senthil targets a top 15 finish tomorrow at Buriram.  

Quote from Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brandand Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“Today, our boys performance have improved in thepractice sessions. A much more seasoned rider, Rajiv entered each practicesession with a plan to improve on his past mistakes and closed in top 15.Senthil too is now in the 1:56 sec time. With the next 2 races deciding theoverall standing in the AP 250 championship, every rider is giving his best andtop 15 are riding in a 2 second gap. Between Round 3 practice at Chang circuit andtoday, both our riders are much faster, strategically taking calculated risks.We are confident of a strong grid position in the morning qualifier. The fightwill be for Top 10.” 

Quote of IDEMITSUHonda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu:“Today, I entered FP 1 with a mindset toadapt fast to the track and bike, since it has been 2 months since the lastARRC round. My feeling was good in FP 1. By afternoon’s FP 2, I tried differentriding techniques and was 1 second faster. In FP3, my main objective was tobetter my cornering for tomorrow. This time, competition is really close andmicro-seconds matter. Tomorrow, my focus is to qualify in the Top 10 and pickup further from there in the afternoon race.” 

Quote of IDEMITSUHonda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar:“FP 1 gave me good confidence on tractionas I was riding in wind and cooler track temperature. In FP2, we expected windand had modified our suspension setup but the condition on track was reverse.But despite bike sliding during cornering, I challenged myself to record my bestpractice lap time of 1:56:942. This weekend is my last opportunity to winpoints for India. Tomorrow, my goal is ride with the fast bunch, qualify in top15 and gain from there.” 

Parallely, HondaGroup Companies team Honda Asia-DreamRacing with SHOWA pulled strong in the inaugural Asia Superbike 1000ccclass at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 too. The team has recruitedtop personnel from Honda subsidiaries across the Asia & Oceania regionincluding a race technician from India. Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi closed inTop 3 with 1:36:544 lap time – a mere 0.421 sec of the lead rider Azlan Shah intoday’s combined ASB 1000 practice. 

Today alsoexemplified Honda Racing India’s commitment to develop Iconic young Indianriders for the world. Honda Racing India’s 19-year-oldyoung gun Kritik Habib today returned to Chang circuit for the ThailandTalent Cup (Honda’s development program for Asian riders run on Moto3 machine NSF250R).Challenging 19 riders, Karnataka boy Kritik Habib recorded 1:52:949 best laptime in FP1.  

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Honda’s Indian rider duo Rajiv and Senthil ready for the ultimate ARRC battle at Chang Circuit at ARRC

Rajiv aims for Top 10 finish whileSenthil guns for points yet again! 

With 6 wildcard entries, total 32 riders from 8 nationsto battle in AP250 class this weekend 

Chang International Circuit (Thailand), 28 November2019:The fight for Asia Production 250ccclass title has now reached Thai soil for the finale round of 2019 Asia RoadRacing Championship (ARRC) at Chang International Circuit, Thailand. Afterwinning points in each of the 6 rounds till now, ‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’-the only Indian team in Asia Production 250 class enters the finale roundfirmly in Top 9 out of 20 teams.  

This weekend canjust be the game-changer for Honda’s Indian rider duo of Rajiv and Senthil. Inhis third ARRC season, Rajiv enters last round of AP 250 class with 33 pointsunder his belt. For 21-year-old Rajiv Sethu, Chang International Circuit holds ahistory of good performances. In 2018, he scored his maiden international pointhere. In 2019, Rajiv upped his game during the 3rd ARRC round atChang circuit recording the first Indian rider Qualifier finish in Top 7, newfastest lap time (1:53:573) and over 33% reduction in total race time gap withlead rider from 18 seconds to just 5 seconds within the 10 lap race. Rajiv isalready in top 16 out of the 40 riders in AP 250 class – which is a starkimprovement from his overall 27th position in 2018, but he isdetermined for a repeat top 10 finish this weekend as well. Meanwhile, thisweekend will be the best shot for Senthil to finish Top 25 in his maiden ARRCseason, considering he is most familiar with this track. 

Speaking on thefinal round, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, VicePresident – Brand and Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. said, “2019 has been a greatyear for IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team. With 2 Top-10 and 8 Top-15 finishes,Rajiv is now consistently riding with the top bunch. It was at Chang only thatRajiv had qualified in Top 7 earlier this year. Now we are confident that Rajivis primed better his record here and close 2019 season with a bang. Senthil toohas improved his race-craft and gained points in his debut season itself.IDEMITSU Honda Racing India is ready to take on the Thai challenge. Both ourriders know the intricacies of Chang. As the 2019 season wraps up this weekend,we are vying for a strong finish this season.” 

This weekend, itwill be a clash of titans as the AP250 class grid will see 32 riders from 8Asia Oceania nations (Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taipei,HongKong, India). Expect fireworks this weekend with 5 of the top 8 underequalizer rule. With 4 of the top 5 riders chasing title coming from Hondastables, the Indonesian rider Irfan Ardiansyah must finish second to be crownedthe 2019 AP250 FIM Asian Champion. The AP 250 title fight heads for a tie-breakeras Indonesian riders Irfan Ardiansyah and Andy Muhammad are both tied at thetop with 176 points each. But with the double equalizer cut of 1000rpm on thetop runners, the championship may see new challenge from the next 3 riders onthe scoreboard (Awhin Sanjaya, Muklada Sarapuech and Aiki Iyoshi). 

Looking forward tolast round of ARRC, Rajiv Sethu, theexperienced IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider said, “Chang International Circuit is like a second home to me. This circuithas brought good fortune for my team and me in the past. I’m much more confidentof my riding style here. This weekend is about being in prime form,strategically moving ahead on the grid and avoiding any riding mistake whichcan push me back. While Thai riders have the home-ground advantage here and 6wildcards will heat up the competition even more, my aim is to be in top 10here.” 

Sharing histhoughts, Senthil Kumar the rookieIDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider said, “Iam excited to return to Buriram (Thailand). In my last visit, I finished in Top20. As I feel much more comfortable on this track and my machine, I now aim togo full throttle and aim for points for the solo Indian team once again.” 

Parallelly,the marquee Asia SuperBike 1000cc (ASB) class of ARRC 2019 will see the podiumcontender Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWAteam (ranked 4th) return in full form. The team has top personnel from Hondasubsidiaries across Asia & Oceania, including a race technician from India. 

TheChang International Circuit will also witness the final round of Thailand Talent Cup (Honda’sdevelopment program for Asian riders) this weekend. Representing the next breedof Indian young racers going global with Honda will be Kritik Habib from Gadag,Karnataka (ranked 21st). 

In its 24th year, the FIM Asia Road RacingChampionship (ARRC)is Asia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship. The 2019 seasonsees the battle play out in 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2,Australia, Thailand * 2, Japan & China) in 4 classes ASB1000, SuperSports600 (SS600), AP250 and Underbone (UB150). 

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With top 15 finish, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’s Rajiv snaps points for India once again! at ARRC

· Despite injuries, Rajiv Sethu records Top 15 finish, adding 1 more point for India

· Senthil - the Youngest Indian rider in Asia’s toughest championships in ARRC gains 5 positions to finish 17th

· AP250 Championship Standing: Team (9th), Rajiv (16th), Senthil (27th)

 

Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia) 22 September 2019: Sunday’s final race of round 6 at Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia) once again brought cheer for IDEMITSU Honda Racing India -  the solo Indian racing team battling for points at the Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC).

 

Despite his back and hand injury from yesterday’s crash, Rajiv earned 1 more point for India with his eight top 15 finish this season in Asia Production 250cc (AP 250) class of ARRC.

 

Still learning the ropes of international racing in his debut ARRC season, 18-year-old Senthil continued his assault on time sheets to record his personal best lap record of 2:28:241 at Sepang. Despite his 8th row start from 22nd on the grid, Senthil quickly overtook Taipei’s Liu Junmei and Thailand’s Sawapol in lap 2 itself. Maintaining 20th in lap 3, he jumped to 19th in lap 4 and maintained his stance for the 3 rounds, only to finish 17th in final 8th lap, with 5 positions gain overall.

 

Today’s Race 2 of Asia Production 250cc class saw Indonesians dominate the top 6 ranks. In-fighting for the win went unabated till the chequered flag and took out two causalities - Rafid Topan and Muklada Sapapuech who crashed out in their attempt to lead in the last lap. Ultimately, it was Astra Honda Racing team’s Awhin Sanjaya who stopped the clock at 19:43:339. Hot on his heels was Andy Fadly trailing by only 0.048 seconds (19:43:387) and 3rd podium claimant Reynaldo Chrisantho (19:43:545).

 

Quote from Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., “This weekend we couldn’t best our past. However, I’m satisfied that in spite of injury from yesterday’s crash in race 1, Rajiv closed in Top 15 with 1-point gain today. Senthil is now more confident and faster on his CBR 250RR and he was a story of recovery today. Now with Sepang over, we head back to India to analyze our performance, identify gap areas and improve further. Next up is Round 7 at Buriram circuit. Both our boys have a good experience there, and I’m sure that we will bounce back with strong results in December round.”

 

Quote from IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu

“Despite back and hand injury, I could get good confidence in morning warm-up after a bad crash yesterday. I started strong and had jumped up to 11th position in turn 2, I was sticking with the top 15 riders for about 4 laps. On 5th lap, I missed my gear and went out of the track, losing two positions. It was very difficult to recover especially as couldn’t push 100% due to my injury. I finished 15th. But frankly, this was not the goal I had set for myself this weekend. I have very good confidence in Buriram. Now I plan to recover fast and focus on my weak-points to fight for the top 15 in Championship. I will have to close in the top 10 in both the Thai races.”

 

Quote from IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar

“In the morning warm-up, I recorded my fastest lap time of 2:28:241 and entered the race with confidence. But when a bad start shoved me to 29th, my first priority was to fast reverse this loss. In the first lap itself, I aggressively rode and overtook 7 riders to return to my starting 22nd position. In next lap, I overtook 2 more riders to climb to top 20. But by then, the gap between Shahrol and me had increased which I couldn't recover. However, with Thai rider Sawapol hot on my heels, I successfully defended my position to finish 17th. Next up, is the last round at Buriram (Thailand). With its 3 long straights, competition is tight as all riders are riding in a 2 to 3-second gap. I have to learn from my mistakes this weekend, better my corner exits and get more lean to ensure a top 15 finish there.”

 

IDEMITSU Honda Racing India is now stacked up in Top 9 teams of AP 250 class with 33 points. Rajiv is now placed 16th in the points tally with 33 points, while Senthil with no-gain-no-loss this weekend is tied at 26th out of 40 riders. As the Sepang outing draws to a close, the battle for 2019 ARRC Championship will re-commence in Round 7 finale at Buriram, Thailand in December.

 

 Parallelly, Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team in ASB1000cc class finished 4th in today’s race 2, putting him 3rd in the championship.  

 

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IDEMITSU Honda Racing India Team charged up for Asia Road Racing Championship’19 at ARRC

Ready with the newracing squad, Rajiv Sethu & Senthil Kumar to represent India in AP250 class

 

Delhi, 5 March, 2019: Startingthe 2019 motorsports season with an aggressive announcement, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt.Ltd. is all set to bring forth its newly formed team on the tracks at 2019Asia Road Racing Championship. The round 1 of ARRC will be held at the SepangInternational Circuit, Malaysia from the 5th-6th March2019.

 

Taking forward their motto of discovering Indian ridersfor National and International championships, Honda is taking forward the SOLOIndian team to ace the 2019 motorsports season. Representing India in the AP250class is the experienced rider Rajiv Sethu, participating for the third time inARRC. Adding to the team clout is rookie Senthil Kumar who gained prominence ontrack by finishing at the 20th place in Thai Talent Cup 2018.

 

Speaking on the opening race, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Last week, Honda reinforced its commitment ‘To develop iconic Indianrider for National & International Championships’ with a more aggressiveTHREE-PRONGED approach. Going forward with the more challenging spirit andpassion of claiming victory, we have carefully designed a roadmap for ourriders to reach the heights of International racing. Starting the ARRc season,we are excited to let loose Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar who have sweated itout in practices and are all set to race against best of Asian riders. We wishthem luck for their first round this season.”

 

Leading the team from front, the young talented Hondarider Rajiv Sethu said, “My experience of last two years and thecustomized world class training from Honda has made me more confident ontechnical aspects, which is eventually going to bring good points on the scorestally. I am extremely excited and positive to make Honda and India proud.”

 

Talking on his debut season with fresh energy andconfidence, the Honda rider Senthil Kumar said, “Last season the Thai Talent Cup was a greatexperience for me. I was trained by the Honda professionals who found talent inme and now have helped me in getting ready for the Asia’s toughest racingchampionship ARRC. I will endeavor to execute all my trainings, hard work andlearning on this reputed platform to capitalize the opportunity.”

 

Giving priority to developing not just world level riderbut also technician, Mr. P. Prabhakaran from India is ready to showcase hisskills as a part of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team in the newlyintroduced premier class of Asia Super Bike 1000.

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

The 24th editionof FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is Asia’s most competitive motorcycle roadracing championship, held since 1996. The 2019 season will have a total ofseven rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia, Thailand * 2, Japan& South Korea) starting from 8th March 2019 with the battlegoing all the way to the last round in December 2019. ARRC is part of theproduction-based category of racing, similar to the Supersport World Championship.This year the Championship will feature four main classes. This includes thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Super Bike 1000 over and above theexisting three classes SuperSports 600cc, Asia Production 250cc, and theUnderbone 150cc.

 

 

 

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Creating history, Honda riders Rajiv & Senthil make India proud in the inaugural race of 2019 ARRC! at ARRC

 

·       IDEMITSU Honda Racing Indiateam wins HIGHEST EVER 7 points in single race in inaugural race of 2019 ARRCseason

·       Honda’s Indian duo of Rajiv &Senthil overtake 3 riders each to finish in Top 14 in AP250 Race 1

·       Rajiv Sethu records new BESTFINISH BY INDIAN RIDER in ARRC, wins 5 points with 11th finish

·       Senthil Kumar becomes theFIRST Indian rookie and YOUNGEST Indian rider to win points in maiden ARRC racewith strong top 14 finish

 

Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), 9March 2019:After the solid practiceyesterday where Rajiv closed at ever highest position of 7th and the18-year old rookie Senthil too zoomed to 17th position in the AP250class, the solo Indian team IDEMITSUHonda Racing India today celebrated its best ever performance in FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).

 

Today’s race made India proud and recordedmany firsts. It is the first time that both riders of India’s solo team scoredpoints at Asia’s toughest road race championship in same race.

 

Rajiv recorded the best ever finish by Indianrider in AP250 class of ARRC at 11th spot (earlierhighest 13th). The teen rider Senthil too showed the power of YoungIndia and became the first Indian rookie to win 2 points with 14thfinish in his debut ARRC race itself! With this, Honda’s Indian team has madeits best ever season start with tally of 7 points in the first race itself.

 

Sharing anoverview on the solo Indian team’s performance today, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “2019 is the year when Indian motorsport is coming of age.Technically, our CBR250RR bikes are tweaked to be more competitive withimproved cowl giving added advantage to our boys. Additionally, our boys havethe strength of entire team and coach behind them. Right from the first race ofthe 2019 ARRC season, our solo Indian team is emerging as a serious challenger.Making India proud, Rajiv gave his best ever ARRC performance and added 5points for Indian team. Senthil the face of new, confident and aggressive youngIndian riders finished in top 14 and added another 2 points to IDEMITSU HondaRacing India kitty. Charged with today’s results and learnings, we are challengingourselves to better our results ever more in tomorrow’s race 2.”

 

Indianteam gives best ever performance in AP 250 (race 1) class of ARRC:

In lap 1itself, Rajiv made a good start from his 14th position. Whileclimbed to top bunch but had to drop back due to other rider crash. But hisperseverance paid off mid-race. Overtaking2 riders in lap 4 and maintaining this till the last 8th lap, the21-year old recorded his best ever finish in AP250 class at 11thposition. With this strong finish, Rajiv swooped his highest single race haulof 5 points in race 1 of 2019 ARRC season itself. 

 

Senthil showed the might of confident youngIndian riders in his debut race itself.  Starting 17th on the grid of 25riders, Senthil made a good start and overtook 3 riders in lap 1 itself. Fromthere till the end of race, Senthil was battling it out with Taipei rider ChiouKe-Lung and closed at 14th position with total lap time of 20:17:513.With this, Senthil is now the youngestIndian rider and the first ever Indian rookie to score a point in Asia RoadRacing Championship.  

 

With 2crashes in lap 1 itself, the afternoon AP 250 Race 1 saw battle start from theword go. The fight went on till the chequeredflag of 8 lap race with Indonesian riders wrapping up the first 6 positionsfinish. Overtaking to win race 1 just 100 meters short of the finish line wasLucky Hendriansya of Astra Honda (19:34:655), with Andy coming 2nd(19:34:839) and Irfan Ardiansyah also from Astra Honda completing the podium(19:38:376).

 

 

Satisfied with his performance today andcharged up for tomorrow, Honda’s front-runner rider Rajiv Sethu said, “After mybest ever qualifier finish at 14th earlier today, I was charged upeven more. I made a great start and overtook 9 riders to reach 5thspot in first lap itself. But just then the 2 riders before me crashed and Ihad to go back to save myself. Yet I could gain 3 spots and finish 11thwhich is the best ever for me in my 3 years of ARRC. Today, I feel great buttomorrow I will fight to finish in top 10.”

 

Taking on his debut season with fresh energyand confidence, the 18 year rookierider Senthil Kumar said, “Its been a fantastic day of learning forme. The competition is very tough here. I started strong and overtook 3 ridersin first lap itself. Thereafter the battle was to hold my front and I couldsuccessfully do that. Personally, I am both humbled to earn points for the onlyIndian team in my debut ARRC race itself and am excited to do even better inrace 2 tomorrow.”

 

 

REFERENCE ANNEXURE:

 

 

Championship

Machine

Rider

Age

Nationality

Career Highlights

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019

 

(Asia Production 250 class)

CBR250RR

Rajiv

Sethu

Nov, 1997 (21 yr)

India

2018:

- ARRC, AP 250 (27th)

- Thai Talent Cup (12th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

- ARRC, AP 250 (46th)

- Thai Talent Cup (16th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

- Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

 - INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

 

Senthil Kumar

Feb, 2001

(18 yr)

India

2018:

- Thai Talent Cup (20th)

- INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd)

-  IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

- CBR 150R One Make Championship

Debut in racing with Honda

IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia team – Rider Profile

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). The battle for 2019 championship startsthis weekend (8-10 March) at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

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Honda’s solo Indian rider duo at ARRC scores their First Ever Tenner at Sepang round despite a crash ridden race at ARRC

·       After 7 points yesterday,masterful riding by Rajiv wins the team another 3 points today

·       Honda’s solo Indian riderduo grabs 10 points in formidable Sepang – their highest single roundhaul!  

·       Despite crash in lap 1 whichpushed him to last on grid, Rajiv resurges to finish 13th in Race 2

·       Tough luck for Senthil, low-sidein 6th lap leading to crash and minor injury

·       IDEMITSU Honda Racing Indianow 6th out of 15 teams in inaugural round of 2019 ARRC

 

Sepang International Circuit(Malaysia), 10 March 2019: Masterful race performance by the Indian riderRajiv Sethu at Sepang International Circuit track earned him and IDEMITSU HondaRacing India team 3 additional points in the second consecutive race of2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).

 

With the end of inaugural Malaysia round today, Honda’s solo Indianteam has earned double digit points in a single round for the first time. Gaining10 points in the inaugural round, Honda’s Indian rider duo is now firmly inthe Top 6 teams of AP 250 class.

 

Sharingan overview on the solo Indian team’s performance today, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “No doubt, it wasa tough weekend, but we did good work, and I am proud our team’s efforts too.After the high of race 1 where both Rajiv and Senthil scored a double whammy,Sunday race was a tough one with as many as 6 crashes. Though Rajiv was caughtup in the crash in lap 1 itself, he scripted a quick bounce-back from 23rdto 13th. Meanwhile, Senthil crashed out while fighting to secure his13th spot. This was disappointing but he’s learning fast and I’mconfident that he will come back stronger and wiser. Sepang is just the startof a long season. We have to keep our focus high and aim higher for the nextround in Australia now.”

 

Indianteam performance in AP 250 (race 2) class of ARRC:

Sunday’s AP 250 race was one of the toughest ones till date with 6 riderscrashing out in the 8 lap race.

Trouble ensued for Rajiv right from lap 1. Despite a great startwhich took him to 5th spot, Rajiv suffered the collateral damagefrom the crash of Indonesian rider duoIrfan Ardiansyah and Rafid Topan before him and crashed. Determined tofinish the race, Rajiv resumed from back of the pack at 23rd spot.Scripting an extraordinary recovery, Rajiv sprang back in ensuing 7 laps tofinally cross the chequered line at 13th.  

 

Meanwhile beginnersluck evaded young Senthil today. Starting 17th on the grid, Senthilskillfully avoid the crash in lap 1 and climbed to 13th position bylap 6. But his strong braking in the tight corner resulted in a low-side andultimately crash. Senthil’s total point tally at end of round 1 stands at 2points.

 

Femalepower stood out in the AP250 race 2 today with Thailand rider Muklada Sarapaechfrom A.P Honda Racing Thailand overtaking Andy at the last minute to win therace. Completing the podium was the Indonesian rider Awhin Sanjaya from AstraHonda Racing team.

 

Having mixed reaction post his performancetoday, Honda’s front-runner rider Rajiv Sethusaid, “This weekend I really gave it myall. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to be in the top bunch right fromthe start. While I could do that, but I couldn’t save from Indonesian riderscrash before me. My machine had minor problem from the crash impact, but Iwanted to finish the race. Yes, I could gain more points for India and my teamtoday but I feel disappointed that I couldn’t close in top 10. Going back toIndia, the challenge to myself is to achieve this in the April round at BendMotorsport Park.”

 

Summing up his debut round performance, the 18 year rookie rider Senthil Kumar said, “Today was a tough day. My target was tobetter my yesterday’s 14th finish. By 6th lap, I hadalready reached 13th spot but the miscalculation at the turn led tomy crash. As a racer, my target is to do better and eye for top bunch in everyrace. So yes, today was been a little disappointing but there is a lot oflearning in this too.”

 

 


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Championship

Machine

Rider

Age

Nationality

Career Highlights

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019

 

(Asia Production 250 class)

CBR250RR

Rajiv

Sethu

Nov, 1997 (21 yr)

India

2018:

- ARRC, AP 250 (27th)

- Thai Talent Cup (12th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

- ARRC, AP 250 (46th)

- Thai Talent Cup (16th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

- Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

 - INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

 

Senthil Kumar

Feb, 2001

(18 yr)

India

2018:

- Thai Talent Cup (20th)

- INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd)

-  IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

- CBR 150R One Make Championship

Debut in racing with Honda

IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia team – Rider Profile

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). The battle for 2019 championship startsthis weekend (8-10 March) at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

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Taking Indian motorsport truly international, Honda’s solo Indian racing team arrives at Australia for round 2 of ARRC at ARRC

·       Honda makes Indian racing pitch stronger, signsex-moto GP rider TomoyoshiKoyama as team coach

·       With 8 points already in kitty, IDEMITSU HondaRacing India starts Australia round firmly in Top 7 teams

·       Intense competition as 25 expert riders from 8nations battle in Asia Production 250cc class this weekend

·       IDEMITSUHonda Racing India riders are the experienced Rajiv Sethu and rookie SenthilKumar

·       Indian rider duo of Rajiv & Senthil challengethemselves for Top 10 and Top 15 finish respectively

 

Bend Motorsport Park- Australia, 24 April2019: IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’ – the soloIndian two-wheeler racing team from Honda 2Wheelers India is all fired up to raisethe stakes higher in Round 2 of Asia Road Racing Championship 2019.

 

After theinaugural round in Malaysia earlier in March’19, Asia’s toughest motorsportsracing championship has now reached Australia and kicks off tomorrow with startof official practice.

 

Sharingpreparations of the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Honda made a good start to 2019 ARRC season. Both Rajiv and Senthillapped up points in the first round and put the solo Indian team among Top 7. Now,round 2 in Australia brings with it new set of challenges. Senthil faces thedaunting challenge of mastering Adelaide track but is excited to make newrecords. Rajiv is already aware of the track and his past experience willsupport him in scoring top chart. The team has come back with intense training,more learning and the final wind in the wings will be the world class guidanceby ex-GP rider TomoyoshiKoyama. We are confident that both riders will outperform and will make Indiaproud”.

 

Leadingthe ARRC charge is the experienced RajivSethu for whom 2019 is his 3rd season in ARRC. Rajiv has shownconsistent improvement since his ARRC debut in 2017; climbing from 46thspot in his inaugural year to closing 27th position in 2018. In2019, Rajiv opened the throttle and is ranked 14th in AP 250cc classchampionship snapping up 8 points in his kitty already.

 

BackingRajiv up as his teammate is the 18-year-oldpromising rookie rider Senthil Kumar. In 2018, Senthil showed promisingresults in his debut year at Thai Talent Cup and finished 3rd in the2018 INMRC Pro Stock 165cc championship on the domestic front.  In 2019 season of ARRC, Senthil made his markby winning 2 points in his debut race in Sepang circuit. 

 

Marking his third year in the championship, youngtalented Honda riderRajiv Sethu said,“Every round comes with a new learning. After riding in the Bend motorsportpark in 2018, my entire focus this weekend will be to improve my riding style. Withthe full support of my IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team and propelled under theguidance of Mr. Koyama, I feel much more confident of my race-craft in thistricky track. I am striving for a Top 10 finish.”

 

Goingtowards his second ARRC round, rookie rider Senthil Kumarsaid, “Representing India on aninternational circuit and scoring points in my first race in Malaysia has givenme positive momentum. Australia is a new track for me and a very technical onetoo. But with the full support of my team, I am groomed and trained for everychallenge. I aim to go ahead full steam and snap points for India.”

 

Parallelly, Honda Group Companies HondaAsia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team has pulled strong in the inaugural Asia SuperBike1000cc (ASB) class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019. The team has recruitedtop personnel from Honda subsidiaries across the Asia & Oceania region,including a race technician from India. Led by former MotoGP racer MakotoTamada as team manager, the Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi on the CBR1000RR SP2racing machine is currently ranked in the top 4 in the championship.

 

 

 

 

 

IDEMITSUHonda Racing India team at ARRC, 2019 in the Asia Production 250cc class

Rider

Age

Nationality

Career Highlights

Rajiv Sethu

Nov, 1997 (21 yr)

India

2019:

-ARRC Round-1(AP 250), Malaysia (14th)

2018:

- ARRC, AP 250 class

- ARRC, AP 250 (27th)

- Thai Talent Cup (12th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

- ARRC, AP 250 (46th)

- Thai Talent Cup (16th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

- Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

 - INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

Senthil Kumar

Feb, 2001

(18 yr)

India

2019:

- ARRC Round-1(AP250), Malaysia (17th)

2018:

- Thai Talent Cup (20th)

- INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd)

-  IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

- CBR 150R One Make Championship

Debut in racing with Honda

 

 

AboutFIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). After the Malaysian first round in theSepang circuit, the battle for 2019 championship will take place this weekend (25-28 April) at the Bend Motorsport Park in Australia. 

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

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Honda riders Rajiv and Senthil open 2019 ARRC with a bang! at ARRC

 

·  Rajiv Sethu: Clockingbest practice lap time of 2:26:858, Rajiv pushes hard to Top 7 for the First time

·  Senthil Kumar: 18-yearold rookie rider shows his mettle, 17 position in his ARRC debut practice!

·  Aftertoday’s strong practice, Honda’s soloIndian team eyes top 10 finish in tomorrow’s qualifying

·  New expert riding coach ex-MotoGPrider Mr. Koyama brings new value to team in 2019 season

 

Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), 8March 2019:A week after announcing its international motorsport plans for 2019, the soloteam from India – ‘IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia’ is now charging full steam ahead in the first round of Asia’s mostprestigious motorsport championship – FIMAsia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).

 

The 2019season start is setting the mood for the season ahead with 25 riders from 7nations fighting for podium in the hot and humid Sepang Internationalcircuit.  The competition in Malaysia isa tough and intense with top 10 riders finishing in just a 2 second gap.

 

Honda’ssolo Indian team turns the heat to full in today’s practice:

Afterfinishing the 2 day pre-season testing yesterday, the team finished today’s 3practices on a high note. Both the riders of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team -the experienced 3rd timer Rajiv Sethu and rookie rider Senthil Kumarin the Asia Production 250cc class consistently showed aggression and resultson track.

 

Clocking animpressive best practice lap time of 2:26:858, Rajiv Sethu is now in the top 7bunch of the race ending todays practice. This is his best ever finish in theAsia Road Racing Championship practice ever.

 

Meanwhile,Senthil is coming under spotlight in his debut racing season itself. Earlier inhis pre-test, Senthil clocked 14th fastest best lap time of 2:29:873.The combined practice result saw Senthil finish at 17th with hisbest lap time of 2:30:288. 

 

Sharing anoverview on the team performance today, Mr.Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Withan aim to develop iconic Indian rider for India and the World, the IDEMITSUHonda Racing India team has returned stronger in 2019. Malaysia is a trickyround as the track is new to both the team and riders who are riding theCBR250RR. But our boys performance in pre-test and today’s practice has beenvery strong and encouraging. Rajiv’s first time entry in top 7 in practice andSenthil coming in top 17 is great news for the qualifier and race 1 tomorrow. Weare now challenge ourselves in top 10 finish this season.”

 

Leading from the front, young talented Hondarider Rajiv Sethu said, “Malaysia being a new track for me, it tooksome time to adapt to Sepang. For me, the focus was on working on both bikesetting with team and improving my riding style with Koyama san’s expertguidance. The result was my top 7th finish in combined practice. Withthe full support of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, I am now challengingmyself to push more and finish in top 10 tomorrow. I target is to win pointstomorrow itself and make India proud.”

 

Talking on his debut season with fresh energyand confidence, the 18 year rookierider Senthil Kumar said, “For me, the first day was a big struggle.The machine was new, so was the track and the aggressive riding style of mycompetition. The hot and humid weather made riding even more physicallychallenging. But I am happy with my results today. In pre-test, I clocked myfastest lap time of 2:29:873. Today was all about experimenting to improve mytechnique and riding style. Honda has given me wings to realize my dreams torace at an MotoGP track internationally and I aim to go ahead full steam andfinish in top 15 tomorrow.”

 

Parallely, Honda Group Companies HondaAsia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team pulled strong in the inaugural Asia Superbike1000cc class at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 too. The team has recruitedtop personnel from Honda subsidiaries and other Honda racing teams across theAsia & Oceania region including a race technician from India. Led by formerMotoGP racer Makoto Tamada as team manager, the Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi closedtoday’s combined ASB1000 practice at 6th position on the CBR1000RRSP2 racing machine.

 

REFERENCE ANNEXURE:

 

 

Championship

Machine

Rider

Age

Nationality

Career Highlights

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019

 

(Asia Production 250 class)

CBR250RR

Rajiv

Sethu

Nov, 1997 (21 yr)

India

2018:

- ARRC, AP 250 (27th)

- Thai Talent Cup (12th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

- ARRC, AP 250 (46th)

- Thai Talent Cup (16th)

- INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

- Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

 - INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st)

- CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

 

Senthil Kumar

Feb, 2001

(18 yr)

India

2018:

- Thai Talent Cup (20th)

- INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd)

-  IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

- CBR 150R One Make Championship

Debut in racing with Honda

IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia team – Rider Profile

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). The battle for 2019 championship startsthis weekend (8-10 March) at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

For more information, contact Public.relations@honda2wheelersindia.com

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Honda’s solo Indian team crafts history in Australia! at ARRC

Rajiv Sethu becomes First Indian riderin ARRC to finish in Top 10!

 

·  IDEMITSU Honda Racing Indiarealizes dream for Top 10 finish for the first time ever!

·  Rajiv breaks into in Top 10AP 250 ranks with best ever lap time of 2:10:207

·  With his best ever 6 pointsgain in Race 1, Rajiv jumps 2 positions to 12th in championship

·  Indian team AP 250championship standing after Race 1, Rd 2: Team (7th), Rajiv (12th),Senthil (22nd)

 

Bend Motorsport Park, Adelaide, 27 April2019:Indian motorsport is finally coming of age and Saturday proved this as IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team riderRajiv Sethu created history as the first Indian rider to break into Top 10 group in AP 250 class of FIMAsia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC) - Asia’s toughest road racechampionship. 

 

With his beststart from 12th position, Rajiv Sethu pulled the guns today. A goodstart propelled him to 5th and 6th position in the firstlap of race 1 itself. However, his bike’s handlebar got stuck with Indonesianrider Irfan Ardiansyah on contact which pushed him back. But challenginghimself, the 3rd timer 21-year-old maintained his cool and made hismove in 5th lap. Overtaking 2riders, Rajiv was the 10th to cross the chequered flag and gained 6points while recording his fastest best lap time of 2:10:207, a solid 1.5second improvement over his previous best.

 

Meanwhile,today was a day of struggle and then a massive recovery for the rookie18-year-old Senthil Kumar. Starting 18th, Senthil overtook 3 riderswith his great start but in turn 15 he went out of track and went back to 24th.But ploughing on, Senthil overtook 7 riders to finally finish 17thwith 1 position gain from his start.

 

With this,IDEMITSU Honda Racing India continues strong in the Top 7 teams of the AP 250class.

 

Meanwhile,the reigning AP 250 champion Andy Muhammad Fadly from Indonesia finished on topwith 19:15:688 as Muklada Sarapuech from Honda Racing Thailand took a loosecorner in the last lap costing her 2 positions while Japanese rider Aiki Iyoshifinished 2nd.

 

Sharing anoverview on today’s qualifier, Mr.Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Todayit’s a happy day! We’ve reached the first step of our target top 10 finish.Looking at both rider and coach feedback, we’re confident of Rajiv’s potential.He’s earned 14 points in 3 races which is a major improvement over the 7 pointshe earned in 2018 complete season. Now its time for Rajiv to aim much higher.We were expecting Senthil too in top 15. But while he fell back, he fought backvery well. We are delighted to be the first Indian team to finish in top 10 inAP250 race. Tomorrow, we will challenge ourselves harder to better our positioneven more.”

 

Delightedwith his performance today and charged up for tomorrow, Honda’s third timerARRC rider Rajiv Sethu said, “Everything is going in good direction.Thanks to my IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, I am feeling stronger on trackwith the training, expert coach feedback and the full technical team backingme. I achieved my goal for today to break into the Top 10 for the first time. Butnow that I am here, I have to change my race craft to target higher.”

 

Meanwhile,the 18-year-old rookie rider SenthilKumar said, “I am feelingdisappointed today. I improved my braking today but I was too tense before therace. That reflected in my result today. Tomorrow, my target is to stay calmand avoid aggressiveness in lap 1 which cost me dear today.

I’m challenging myself to finish in top 15tomorrow.”

 


 

IDEMITSU Honda Racing India@ AP 250 class of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019

Rider

AP 250, Rd. 2 Qualifier:

ARRC - AP 250 class

championship standing

 Team Championship standing

Rajiv Sethu

21 years

Race 1: 10th

Total: 19:40:936

Best lap time: 2:10:207

Qualifying: 12th

Lap Time: 2:11:738

2019 - 14th (Round 1 ending)

2018 – 27th

2017 - 46th ( ARRC debut)

 

2019 –  7th

(Race 1 of Round 2 ending)

 

2018 – 15th *

* Debut year as solo Indian team

 

Senthil Kumar

18 years

Race 1: 17th

Total: 20:18.113

Best lap time: 2:12.459

Qualifying: 18th

Lap Time: 2:13:876

2019 – 17th (ARRC debut)

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). After the Malaysian first round in theSepang circuit, the battle for 2019 championship will take place this weekend (25-28 April) at the Bend Motorsport Park in Australia. 

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

For more information, contact Public.relations@honda2wheelersindia.com

 

 

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IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’s rider duo gains speed in windy Australia! at ARRC

Rajiv Qualifies intop 12, Senthil at 18th

 

·       Both riders shave offprecious seconds off their lap times and climb ranks

·       Rajiv records his best everqualifier result at 12th spot & aims for top 10 in tomorrow’srace

·       Senthil aims in break intothe top 15

 

Bend Motorsport Park, Adelaide, 26 April2019:After delivering best ever performance in round 1 of FIM Asia Road RacingChampionship 2019 (ARRC) in Sepang; IDEMITSUHonda Racing India team’s riders pushed hard in today’s Asia Production 250Qualifying at the Bend Motorsport Park near Adelaide today.

 

The 4.95 kmlong Bend track with its technical corners and fast-flowing sections proved toa tougher adversary today after early morning showers. But the Indian duo continued to climb ranks in the afternoon AP250 Qualifier.

 

Rajiv pushed hard to close the AP 250qualifier in Top 12 with best lap time of 2:11:738. This was asignificant improvement for Rajiv over from his best practice lap time of2:12:130. Shaving off seconds in each track outing, Rajiv has already reducedhis gap with lead rider Andy to 3.1 seconds.

 

Meanwhile,learning continued for 18-year-old rookie Senthil Kumar who gained his firstever wet race experience in the morning third practice. In his first Bendouting, Senthil closed in top 18 with best lap time of 2:13:876. Pushing harder,Senthil’s gap with the lead rider has now reduced to 5.250 seconds compared tohis best practice lap time gap of 8.412 seconds.

 

Tomorrow’srace 1 will see reigning AP 250 champion Andy Muhammad Fadly from Indonesia whostopped the clock with best lap time of 2:08:626 lead the grid, followed byJapanese rider Aiki Iyoshi at 2nd and the wonder woman Muklada Sarapuechfrom Honda Racing Thailand at 3rd spot.

 

Sharing anoverview on today’s qualifier, Mr.Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle& Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Themorning rains gave us some tense moments but the Indian team emerged strongerthan before. Rajiv riding is evolving every time he goes on track. Rajivqualified 12th on the grid, which is his best ever qualifyingposition. This can give him the push to finish in the top 10 for the firsttime. For Senthil, Australia is a complete new ballgame. He faced the wet racefor the first time today but he’s showing significant improvement. If the teamand Senthil play it right, we just might earn points yet again in tomorrow’srace 1.”

 

Satisfiedwith his performance today and charged up for tomorrow, Honda’s third timerARRC rider Rajiv Sethu said, “Bend is a complicated track. The manyelevations coupled with strong winds make it unpredictable for riders. Last year,I could do only 5 laps as I suffered a crash in practice 3. This time, I hadmore laps on track and improved to qualify in 12th position – whichis my best ever qualifying result. Tomorrow, my mantra will be to stay calm,understand the race in initial laps, then plan and push ahead. My goal is tobreak into the Top 10 for the first time in the 9 lap race tomorrow.”

 

Meanwhile,the 18-year-old rookie rider SenthilKumar is working hard to grab points for India in this tough weekend and said,“Today’s FP3 was my first wet race.Riding with a bunch of riders, I could improve my riding line and entry speed. Ialmost crashed in lap 5 but made fast recovery. Overall, my gap with lead riderhas reduced and I finished 18th. Tomorrow, I plan to stay with thebunch in the first few laps and then set a pace and challenge myself to finishin Top 15th.”

 


 

IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia @ AP 250 class of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019

Rider

AP 250, Rd. 2 Qualifier:

ARRC - AP 250 class

championship standing

 (Ranking / points)

Rajiv Sethu

21 years

Qualifying:

 

Lap Time: 2:11:738

Position: 12th

2019 - 14th (Round 1 ending)

2018 – 27th

2017 - 46th ( ARRC debut)

 

2019 –  7th (Rd. 1 ending)

 

2018 – 15th *

* Debut year as solo Indian team

 

Senthil Kumar

18 years

Qualifying:

 

Lap Time: 2:13:876

Position: 18th

2019 – 17th (ARRC debut)

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) isAsia’s most competitive motorcycle road racing championship in its 24thyear. The 2019 season has 7 rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia,Thailand * 2, Japan & South Korea). After the Malaysian first round in theSepang circuit, the battle for 2019 championship will take place this weekend (25-28 April) at the Bend Motorsport Park in Australia. 

 

In 2019 ARRC features four classes - thenewly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150).

 

Representing the solo Indian team at theevent - IDEMITSU Honda Racing India are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

 

 

For more information, contact Public.relations@honda2wheelersindia.com

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Honda’s solo Indian team arrives at Thailand for Round 3 of ARRC at ARRC

Rajiv Sethu & Senthil Kumar gun for theirbest performance at familiar Chang circuit

 

 

Chang International Circuit (Thailand), 29May 2019:This weekend ‘IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia’ – the solo Indian racing team from Honda 2Wheelers India is takingthe battle for Indian glory to Thailand. The Indian contingent today reachedChang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, where Asia’s best riders willfight in Round 3 of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC).

 

Sharingpreparations of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “2019 is shaping up as the best year for Honda’s solo Indian team atARRC. Rajiv Sethu is coming of age and is already in Top 12 riders this season,compared to his 27th position last year. Senthil too is riding moreconfidently on the new machine after 2 rounds. The biggest advantage is thatChang circuit is like a second home for our boys. Both Rajiv and Senthil haveraced extensively on this MotoGP track and are aware of its intricacies. Pushinghard, we want to make most of this round and close in top 5 teams this round.”

 

Leading theARRC charge in Asia Production (AP250) class is the experienced Rajiv Sethu.After sweeping double digit points for the first time in Australia, Rajiv isbeing viewed as a serious contender in the 2019 championship. Compared to his27th position last year, Rajiv is already in top 12 with 18 pointsso far in AP 250 class of championship.

 

BackingRajiv up will be his teammate SenthilKumar. Marking 2018 as his debut year at Thai Talent Cup, Senthil showedpromising results at the Chang International Circuit last year. In his debutARRC year, Senthil has already won 2 points and is all charged to push thethrottle in Chang, an international circuit where he has the strong benefit ofprior racing experience. 

 

The Indianduo of Rajiv and Senthil will be racing with 25 of Asia’s top riders from Indonesia,Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taipei and India in Asia Production 250ccclass.

Meanwhile,the competition will intensify further with introduction of new Balancing VariousMotorcycle Concepts rule. The new rule was created for greater equality amongcompeting motorcycles and balance rider performance of top 5 riders in overallchampionship. After 2 rounds, top riders of AP 250cc class Aiki Iyoshi (Japan)and Andy Muhammad Fadly (Indonesia) will be the first to achieve the firstequaliser (500rpm reduction) while rounding up the top 3 of AP 250cc class is thewonder woman Muklada Sarapuech from A.P Honda racing, Thailand.

 

Sharing histhoughts, Rajiv Sethu, theexperienced IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider said, “I am both mentallyand physically charged up for this round. With the support of complete IDEMITSUHonda Racing India team and my coach Mr. Koyama, Australia gave me momentum andnow I want to re-write history by aiming for a podium at Chang – the circuitwhere I scored my first ever international points. My target is not top 10finish, I want to push hard and surprise everyone even more this round”

 

Enteringhis third ARRC round and the first track where he has ridden before, SenthilKumar said, “In 2018, Honda gave memy international break in Thailand Talent Cup 2018 which is Honda’s developmentplatform for Asian riders. And in 2019, Honda again gave me a bigger chance in Asia’stoughest championship. With the full backing of my fantastic IDEMITSU HondaRacing India team, I am now much more confident on bike handling. Chang is afamiliar track for me. This is my best chance to return to top 15 and eye evenhigher finish.”

 

Parallelly,the marquee Asia SuperBike 1000cc (ASB) class of ARRC 2019 will see Malaysianrider Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team (ranked 2nd)return in full form. The team has top personnel from Honda subsidiaries acrossAsia & Oceania, including a race technician from India.

 

This roundwill also see Honda’s teenager rider duo of Mohammad Mikail (ranked 15th)and Kritik Habib (ranked 16th) who made their international debutwith Thailand Talent Cup (Honda’s development program for Asian riders) getchance to learn race-craft from Asia’s best.

 

 

Formore information, contact Public.relations@honda2wheelersindia.com

<Rider profiles >

Championship (class)

Machine

Rider

Career Highlights

ARRC

 

(AP 250 class)

CBR

250RR

Rajiv Sethu

(21 yrs)

2019:

International: ARRC in AP 250 class (12th)

2018:

Int’l: ARRC, AP 250 (27th), Thailand Talent Cup (12th) Domestic: INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

Int’l: ARRC, AP 250 (46th), Thailand Talent Cup (16th)

Domestic: INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd), CBR250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

Int’l: Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

Domestic: INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st), CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

Senthil Kumar

(18 yrs)

2019:

International: ARRC in AP 250 class (17th)

2018:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (20th)

Domestic: INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd), IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

Racing debut in Honda CBR 150R One Make Championship (5th)

Thailand Talent Cup

 

(NSF 250)

 

NSF 250R

Mohamed Mikail

(15 yrs)

2019:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (15th)

2018:

Racing debut of IDEMITSU Honda Talent Hunt prodigy in IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R (1st)

Kritik Habib

(19 yrs)

2019:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (16th)

2018:

Racing debut of IDEMITSU Honda Talent Hunt prodigy in IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R (3rd)

 

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:FIMAsia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) is Asia’s most competitive motorcycle roadracing championship, now in its 24th year. The 2019 season has 7rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia, Thailand * 2, Japan &South Korea). The battle for 2019 championship has now shifted from Australiato the Chang International Circuit, Buriram province, Thailand.

In 2019,ARRC features four classes - the newly introduced premier class of AsiaSuperbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports 600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250)and Underbone class (UB150). Representing the solo Indian team at the event -IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

About the New Balancing Various Motorcycle Concepts rule:

Makingthe competition even more tough is the new BalancingVarious Motorcycle Concepts rule introduced in Asia Production 250 class in2019. The rule has been created to bring equality among competing motorcyclesand balance the performance by adjusting the RPM limit of top 5 riders inoverall championship. The first equalizer, a 500rpm reduction to the rev limitwill be applied once any of the top 4 riders acquire a 25 –point lead over theother competitors in the top 5. The adjusted RPM limit will stay throughout theseason or further adjusted if they are affected by second or third equaliser.

 

After2 rounds, top riders of AP 250cc class Aiki Iyoshi (Japan) and Andy MuhammadFadly (Indonesia) will be the first to be affected by the first equaliser(500rpm reduction).

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Rajiv consistent in Top 15 in today’s practice at ARRC Rd 3, Thailand at ARRC

·       Rajiv Sethu: Creatinghis new fastest lap time record of 1:55:146, Rajiv maintains position in Top 15

·       Senthil Kumar: 18-yearold rookie rider shows improvement, shaves 1 second of his lap time

·       Actionstarts tomorrow with qualifying and race 1 of AP 250 class in Round 3 of ARRC

·       Honda’ssolo Indian team eyes top 10 finishin tomorrow’s qualifying

 

Buriram (Thailand), 31 May 2019: After yesterday’srider briefing and technical checks, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team’s ridersduo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar today completed a positive opening day ofpractice in Round 3 of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) in Buriram.

 

Clocking hisbest practice lap time of 1:55:146, Rajiv Sethu has recorded a his new fastestlap time at the Chang circuit. Shaving off 3 seconds from his lap times betweenthe 3 practice sessions, Rajiv’s gap with the fastest rider has now reduced tojust 2 seconds. This puts him in the top 15 bunch after todays practice.

 

Meanwhilehis teammate Senthil - the rookie 18-year-old rider reduced his lap time bymore than 1 second between FP1, FP2 and FP3. Combined practice result sawSenthil finish 20th with lap time of 1:57:766. 

 

Theheat was surely turned on today as the gap between first 14 riders was 1second. Ruling from the front in today’s combined practice was the A.P HondaRacing duo of Muklada Sarapuech (1:53:138) and Piyawat Patoomyos (1:53:666)followed by Indonesian reigning champion Andy Fadly (1:53:724).

 

Now, the actionresumes tomorrow when 25 of Asia’s top riders from 7 countries will battle inthe morning Qualifier followed by Race 1 at the Chang International circuit.

 

Quote from Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brandand Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“Today, our boys performance in practicesessions consistently improved. There’s a drastic change in Rajiv of last yearand now. He’s much more confident, risk taking and both mentally and physicallyfit. In today’s practice, Rajiv’s gap with lead rider has squeezed to just 2seconds now. He can push to the top bunch if he plays his cards right tomorrow.Senthil is a rookie rider and still learning his new race machine. Its now timeto up his game. Tomorrow should be a good day for us. We will fight for top 10.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu:

 “The FP1 was good and I came in top 14. But Icouldn’t ride most of the FP2 due to an electronic issue. In FP3, I really pushedhard and broke my previous best lap time. Today my strategy was to ride aloneand get familiar with the track. Tomorrow, I aim to stay with the top bunch andfinish well in Top 10.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar:

“I’mnot satisfied with my performance today. I could have improved more but couldonly be 1.2 seconds faster between the 3 FPs. Tomorrow will be new day. I willcorrect my mistakes and fight back to finish in top 15 and win points for India.”

 

Parallellyin the ASB1000cc class, Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-DreamRacing with SHOWA team was in full form. His best lap time of 1:36:274 put himon 2nd spot after Azlan Shah.

 

Today alsosaw Honda’s teenager rider duo of Mohammad Mikail and Kritik Habib practicewith 19 riders in Honda Thailand Talent Cup (Honda’s development program forAsian riders run on NSF250R). Making strong push, Mikhail zoomed to the Top 13with 1:53:776 best lap time and Kritik Habib finished 17th in FP1 and 18thin FP2.

 

For more information, contact Public.relations@honda2wheelersindia.com

 


<Rider profiles >

Championship (class)

Machine

Rider

Career Highlights

ARRC

 

(AP 250 class)

CBR

250RR

Rajiv Sethu

(21 yrs)

2019:

International: ARRC in AP 250 class (12th)

2018:

Int’l: ARRC, AP 250 (27th), Thailand Talent Cup (12th) Domestic: INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd)

2017:

Int’l: ARRC, AP 250 (46th), Thailand Talent Cup (16th)

Domestic: INMRC Super Sport 165 (2nd), CBR250R One Make Race (1st)

2016:

Int’l: Honda Asia Dream Cup (12th)

Domestic: INMRC Pro Stock 165 (1st), CBR 250R One Make Race (1st)

Senthil Kumar

(18 yrs)

2019:

International: ARRC in AP 250 class (17th)

2018:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (20th)

Domestic: INMRC Pro Stock 165 (3rd), IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 250R (3rd)

2017:

Racing debut in Honda CBR 150R One Make Championship (5th)

Thailand Talent Cup

 

(NSF 250)

 

NSF 250R

Mohamed Mikail

(15 yrs)

2019:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (15th)

2018:

Racing debut of IDEMITSU Honda Talent Hunt prodigy in IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R (1st)

Kritik Habib

(19 yrs)

2019:

International: Thailand Talent Cup (16th)

2018:

Racing debut of IDEMITSU Honda Talent Hunt prodigy in IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 150R (3rd)

 

 

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:FIMAsia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) is Asia’s most competitive motorcycle roadracing championship, now in its 24th year. The 2019 season has 7rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia, Thailand * 2, Japan &China). The battle for 2019 championship has now shifted from Australia to theChang International Circuit, Buriram province, Thailand.

In 2019,ARRC features four classes - the newly introduced premier class of AsiaSuperbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports 600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250)and Underbone class (UB150). Representing the solo Indian team at the event -IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

About the New Balancing Various Motorcycle Concepts rule:

Makingthe competition even more tough is the new BalancingVarious Motorcycle Concepts rule introduced in Asia Production 250 class in2019. The rule has been created to bring equality among competing motorcyclesand balance the performance by adjusting the RPM limit of top 5 riders inoverall championship. The first equalizer, a 500rpm reduction to the rev limitwill be applied once any of the top 4 riders acquire a 25 –point lead over theother competitors in the top 5. The adjusted RPM limit will stay throughout theseason or further adjusted if they are affected by second or third equaliser. After2 rounds, top riders of AP 250cc class Aiki Iyoshi (Japan) and Andy MuhammadFadly (Indonesia) are the first to be affected by first equaliser (500rpmreduction).

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Rajiv becomes 1st Indian to qualify in Top 7 in AP 250 class of ARRC at ARRC

After great start, day ends with mixedresults for the Indian team in Race 1

 

·       AP250 class Qualifying: Rajiv recordsBEST EVER finish in top 7 records with fastest lap time of 1:53:573; Senthilreduces lap time by another second but starts race 20th on grid

 

·       AP 250 class Race 1: Bad startpushes Rajiv back to 21st, recovers to 10th only to beput down by a high-side in last lap to finish 22nd; Senthil gains 2positions to finish 18th

 

Buriram Circuit (Thailand), 1 June 2019: Todayturned out to a mixed day for IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team’s riders duo of RajivSethu and Senthil in Round 3 of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) inBuriram.

 

Afterconsistent top 15 in yesterday’s practice,today’s morning qualifier saw Rajiv Sethu record the Best Ever Finish by anIndian rider in top 7. Improving his race craft further, his gap with leadrider Muklada further reduced to under 1 second, the least ever so far.

Unfortunately,he couldn’t maintain this momentum in Race 1. A poor start lost him 14positions from his first ever 3rd row start. Yet persevering on aggressively,Rajiv made quick recovery. By lap 3 he overtook 1 rider, by lap 5 he gained on3 more. By the start of last 10th lap, Rajiv had returned to histargeted 10th position. But then, searching for a slipstream camethe high-side resulting in a crash in Turn 3. Despite minor damage inhandle-bar, Rajiv managed to finish the race.

 

Starting 20thon grid, Senthil made a good start but couldn’t surge ahead till the 8thlap. Thereon, he gained over 2 riders in the last 2 laps to finally close at 18thposition.

 

Race 1 saw battle start from the word go andended at the chequered flag with Honda riders ruling all 3 positions in podium.Leading the bunch were Thai rider duo of Muklada Sarapuech (1st) andTatchakorn Buasri (2nd) from A.P Honda Racing followed by Indonesianrider Irfan Ardiansyah from Astra Honda (3rd). 

 

Quote of Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brandand Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“Aftera great start, we were confident of achieving our target today. I’m happy thatthe rider and machine are competing in the top lot now with Rajiv achieving hisbest ever 7th spot in qualifying. Surely, we missed a greatopportunity. Rajiv’s fighting spirit stood out and led to his recovery back toTop 10 until the crash in last lap. Tomorrow, our first target is to maintainthe qualify position and achieve Top 10 target.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu:

After mybest ever qualifier finish, I was charged up for Race 1. But I missed a good startand got held back in the chasing bunch. However, I made a steady recovery andby the last lap returned to Top 10. I pushed harder but crashed. My aim thenwas to just finish the race. I’m sad to not meet my target but I learnt a lot. Tomorrow,my aim is to finish in top 10.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar:

“Istarted strong but after early impact with another rider, I lost my bunch inturn 5 of lap 1. Thereafter, I rode the next 7 laps alone with focus oncorrecting my mistakes. My target for tomorrow is to correct my mistakes andchallenge for a Top 15 finish.”

 

In ASB1000cc class, Malaysian rider ZaqhwanZaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team overtook 1 rider from his 3rdposition start to finish 2nd in race 1 fighting intensely till theend with the winner Azlan Shah.

 

Parallely,Honda’s Indian teen rider duo of Kritik Habib finished at his best ever 9thspot in Race 1 of Honda Thailand Talent Cup (Honda’s development program forAsian riders run on NSF250R) while Mohammad Mikail had an unfortunate crashwhile avoiding impact with the rider before him.

 

About 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:FIMAsia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) is Asia’s most competitive motorcycle roadracing championship, now in its 24th year. The 2019 season has 7rounds across 5 countries (Malaysia* 2, Australia, Thailand * 2, Japan &China). The battle for 2019 championship has now shifted from Australia to theChang International Circuit, Buriram province, Thailand.

In 2019,ARRC features four classes - the newly introduced premier class of AsiaSuperbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports 600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250)and Underbone class (UB150). Representing the solo Indian team at the event -IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, are two riders – Rajiv Sethu and the rookieSenthil Kumar who fight on the CBR250RR.

 

About the New Balancing Various Motorcycle Concepts rule:

Makingthe competition even more tough is the new BalancingVarious Motorcycle Concepts rule introduced in Asia Production 250 class in2019. The rule has been created to bring equality among competing motorcyclesand balance the performance by adjusting the RPM limit of top 5 riders inoverall championship. The first equalizer, a 500rpm reduction to the rev limitwill be applied once any of the top 4 riders acquire a 25 –point lead over theother competitors in the top 5. The adjusted RPM limit will stay throughout theseason or further adjusted if they are affected by second or third equaliser. After2 rounds, top riders of AP 250cc class Aiki Iyoshi (Japan) and Andy MuhammadFadly (Indonesia) are the first to be affected by first equaliser (500rpm reduction).

 

 

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Rajiv wins points for India yet again, finishes 12th in Race 2 of Thai ARRC at ARRC

Midway into season, IDEMITSU Honda RacingIndia Team crosses 20 points mark for 1st time

 

·       Adding 4 more points to thetally 21-year-old Rajiv Sethu in Top 14 riders

·       With 22 points, the soloIndian team is now in Top 7 Teams of AP 250 class Championship

 

Buriram Circuit (Thailand), 2 June 2019: Today turnedout to be another day of gaining points for IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team’sriders duo of Rajiv Sethu and Senthil in the final race of Round 3 FIM AsiaRoad Racing Championship (ARRC) in Buriram.

 

Boosted byhis maiden third row start from 7th, Rajiv made a good start overtaking2 riders at start line itself. For the next 5, Rajiv was in top 9 riding inless than 1 second gap. In turn 4 of lap 6, Indonesian rider Rafid had ahigh-side and Rajiv exceeded track limit to save himself from crash slipping to10th. From 7th lap onwards, Rajiv, Rafid and 3 moreriders fought to maintain their positions. It was on the slipstream in homestraight of lap 9 that Rajiv emerged 12th. Fighting till the lastcorner, Rajiv took the call to avoid the risk of crash and maintained hisposition to win 4 points in race 2.

 

This round,Rajiv showed remarkable improvement, recording the first Indian rider Qualifierfinish in Top 7, new fastest lap time (1:53:573) and over 33% reduction in totalrace time gap with lead rider from 18 seconds to just 5 seconds in the 10 laprace.

 

His rookie team-mate,Senthil ended the race with no gain, no loss at 20th out of 25riders. 

 

The hot andsweltering weather condition was matched by heated AP250 race 2 on track too.After Thai rider Muklada returned to pits in starting lap, the frenzy continuedtill end line with A.P Honda’s Thai rider Tatchakorn Buasri stopping the clockfollowed by Indonesian Honda rider Awhin Sanjaya (2nd) and MuhammadFaerozy completing the AP 250 race 2 podium.

 

Withcurtains down at Buriram, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India has breached the 20points mark with total of 22 points in its kitty, before mid of 2019 season,taking it to TOP 7 teams of the AP250 championship. Snapping another 4 points, Rajivis ranked 14th with 22 points and Senthil at 21st with 2points in his debut season.

 

Quote of Mr. Minoru Kato, President & CEO, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“Honda wants to lead motorsports in India andcreate an iconic World champion from here. Historically, India might not havebeen at the forefront of racing in Asian region, but looking at the progress ofour team at ARRC in last 2 years, I strongly believe that we are on the righttrack. Our riders have started coming in the top bunch, the team is much moreexperienced now and experts like ex-MotoGP rider Mr. Koyama are further adding newvalue. Parallely, Honda’s Indian technicians are already learning the ropes fornext level of racing in the ASB1000 class.”

 

Quote of Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brandand Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.

“Aftertoday, I can confidently say that our team has entered the next level ofracing. Rajiv raced in the top bunch for the first time. Learning race-craftfrom Asia’s best riders gives him new insights to accelerate his performanceexponentially moving ahead. For Senthil, the learning phase will continue onhow to ride with Asia’s best by adapting fast to the new machine and newtracks. While the round ends today, preparation for next challenge startstomorrow when the team flies to Japan for Suzuka 4-Hour Endurance race forfirst time. This will further add to their track and riding style before Round4 in June end at Suzuka circuit itself.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu:

“Today,I raced my best out of my 24 ARRC races in 3 years. For the first time, Ifought in top 5 in 2 laps and I had my maiden opportunity to taste the frontbunch of AP250. Overall, I learnt a lot in Thai round and will be using thisexperience going forward. Last year, after my wrist fracture I couldn’t racewell in Japan. This year I will surely benefit from my experience in Suzuka 4-HourEndurance race next weekend and will apply the learning in upcoming June endround in Suzuka.”

 

Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Senthil Kumar:

“Race2 started on a good note for me. By turn 3 of lap 1, I had overtaken 6 ridersbut exceeded track limit while cornering. I had returned to starting 20thposition by lap 4 but Malaysian rider Shahrol had an impact with me on Turn 3. WhileShahrol crashed out, I went in the mud to save myself but couldn’t join the frontbunch due to increased gap. Overall, I couldn’t match my targets with resultsin Buriram but I learnt a lot here. With the next race in Suzuka circuit, Japanprobably the toughest track in the world, I am excited and waiting to learnthere.”

 

In ASB1000cc class, Malaysian rider ZaqhwanZaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team continued his golden run andfinished 4th, taking Honda’s solo team and rider both to Top 4 in flagshipclass. 

 

Parallely,development of NextGen millennial riders of India too got a push. Honda’sIndian teen rider duo racing in the Honda Talent Cup (Honda’s developmentprogram for Asian riders run on NSF250R) made further gains. Afer his firstever Top 9 finish in debut season yesterday, Kritik Habib crashed out in lap 8after the bike behind him hit him on the corner. Mohammad Mikail was the 13thto cross the chequered line.

 

 

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