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.
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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