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.
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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