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.
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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