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Impressive Performance by Honda Racing India Team Riders in Race 2 of Round 1 of the 2024 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R in Chennai


·        NSF 250R Open class Race 2:  20-year-old Shyam Shundar dominated the track, securing first position, followed by Mohsin P in second and Rakshith S Dave in third


Madras International Circuit, Chennai, 16 June 2024: The young riders of Honda Racing India team showcased a thrilling display of racing prowess in Race 2 of 2024 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R at the Madras International Circuit, Chennai today.


The young guns raced their finest to grab laurels in the championship, showing utmost confidence, and riding with poise on the race track. Today’s Race 2 was an exciting spectacle of action and excitement highlighted by Chennai’s Shyam Shundar emerging as the undisputed leader of IDEMITSU Honda IndiaTalent Cup NSF250R category displaying his best skills on the track. Additionally, the race today also witnessed a crash involving three riders.


Drawing on his previous racing experience and incorporating lessons learned, Shyam competed fiercely and emerged victorious, securing the first position with a total race time of 5:46.716. As the race progressed, Shyam executed thrilling manoeuvres that had everyone on the edge of their seats, overtaking Mohsin P and Rakshith S Dave with precision and skill. Starting from a challenging position, he steadily climbed up the ranks, strategically biding his time for the right moment to change the dynamic of the race. His strategic approach and resilience enabled him to maintain his lead and ultimately secure the first position. His victory is a testament to his skill, dedication, and unwavering commitment to the sport.


Mohsin P the 22 year old from Mallapuram and Rakshith SDave, the 16 year old from Chennai also put on a spectacular show of racing today at the track.  Mohsin showcased exceptional speed and strategic expertise, ultimately clinching the second position after a gripping battle with Rakshith. With a precise move into the lead, Mohsin P secured the runner-up spot, clocking in with a race time of 5:47.106.


Rakshith S Dave, not far behind, narrowly missed the second spot by just 0.700 seconds, finishing in third place with an impressive race time of 5:47.806. Despite a challenging start that saw him drop from pole position to seventh in the opening lap, Rakshith demonstrated remarkable resilience and racing prowess, steadily climbing back up the ranks to secure his podium finish.


The trio's outstanding results highlight the HondaRacing India Team's strength and the promising future of Indian motorsports.


Commenting on today’s race, Mr. Yogesh Mathur, Director, Sales & Marketing, HondaMotorcycle & Scooter India, said,

"We are incredibly proud of our riders' performances in the inaugural round of the 2024 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R. Shyam Shundar's victory, which came out of nowhere and was such a delightful surprise, along with the strong finishes by Mohsin P and Rakshith S Dave, demonstrates the exceptional talent and hard work of our team. Each of our riders displayed tremendous skill and perseverance, overcoming challenges and showcasing their dedication to the sport. This remarkable start is just the beginning, and we eagerly anticipate even greater success in the upcoming rounds. Our team’s performance today has set a new benchmark, and we are confident that with continued effort and determination, we will achieve even more outstanding results throughout the season."


Unfortunately, three riders, Raheesh Khatri, VigneshPothu and AS James could not finish the race as they met with a crash in lap 3. Additionally, Siddesh Sawant from Kolhapur was unable to participate in this round due to health reasons.


IDEMITSU Honda India TalentCup

TheIDEMITSU Honda Indian Talent Cup NSF250R serves as a stepping-stone for young riders aspiring to reach higher levels of racing. The championship features Honda NSF250R motorcycles, purpose-built for Moto3 racing, providing a competitive platform. With its lightweight chassis, powerful engine, and aerodynamic bodywork, the NSF250R offers optimal performance on the track. The primary objective of the championship is to identify and nurture talented riders, providing them with professional training. By offering a well-defined pathway, the IDEMITSU Honda Indian Talent Cup NSF250R paves the way for Indian riders to enter the realm of professional motorcycle racing.

The 2024 season will have five rounds beginning with the season opener at the MadrasInternational Circuit (Chennai) from 14-16 June 2024. Subsequent races from the 2nd to the 5th round will continue at the same venue, scheduled for July, August, September, and October in Chennai.