Midway into the season, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India riders blazed their way to double victory in both PS 165 and PS201-300cc classes of Round 3 of MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.
After hauling in victory in both PS165 and PS201-300 class yesterday, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India riders repeated their performance yet again with 5 more podiums including 2 victories. Grabbing 10 podiums including double wins by Rajiv in Pro-Stock 165 and Anish in Pro-Stock 201-300 in this round, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India now leads in all 3 standings (team, rider and manufacturer) in both classes now.
Sharing his thoughts on the rider’s performance , Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team has wrapped up Round 3 with double digit podiums. Rajiv has come of age and is the only rider to win all 4 races in which he participated.In Pro-Stock 201-300 class too, our boys took home all the podium finishes. Meanwhile, gen-next racers like Mikail, Kavin and Kritik are getting faster and better in every round. With the curtains down on this round, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team now leave for Zhuhai (China) to compete with Asia’s best in the fourth round of Asia’s biggest championship – Asia Road Racing Championship this weekend. We are confident our boys will make India proud”
Rajiv snaps the win in last lap of PS 165cc race2, Sarath hauls in another podium finish
Despite his first position start in today’s PS 165cc race, Rajiv got pushed back to 5th position ending first lap itself. However, after crash of another rider in lap 3, Rajiv climbed up in hot pursuit of the lead rider. The next 5 laps saw him maintain his cool and shave off seconds with the leader. It was finally in the last lap that Rajiv’s smart maneouvre in last turn pushed him ahead and he finished first with total lap time of 16:07:022 – a mere 0.010 seconds ahead of Ahamed. Meanwhile, Sarath rounded up the podium for IDEMITSU Honda Ten10 Racing team with this 3rd podium finish. With this Rajiv now leads the championship with 100 points, winning all 4 races he raced, and Sarath notches up the Top 3 spots with 93 points.
INMRC – ProStock 201-300cc
In its debut season in the ProStock 201-300cc class, the rider trio from IDEMISTU Honda Racing India team dominated the ranks for the 2nd day as well. Hubli boy Anish Shetty maintained his momentum in the race to finish 1st, stopping the clock at 16:13.776 and grabbing his third win in this class. Completing the podium were Bengaluru boy Abhishek V (2nd) and local boy Aravind B. (3rd).
IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – NSF250R
Today’s 8 lap race saw Mikail notching his second win this season. The race saw multiple back and forths between Kritik Habib and Mikail and its was finally 15-year-old Mohd. Mikhail from Chennai overpowered Karnataka boy with a 3 second lead (Total lap time 14:48:615).Completing the podium was Kavin 3rd.
The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – NSF250R continues to accelerate the structural development of 8 handpicked young riders on the Moto3 race machine NSF250R.
IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR150R
The action packed race led by the Gen-next riders saw Samuel Martin, Lal Nunsanga and Deepak Kumar completing the podium. The Bengaluru boy, Samuel Martin fought neck to neck with Lal Nunsanga and took the first position with the clocking time of 00:13:15 and recording the best lap time of 2:10.152 seconds putting Mizoram boy Lal Nunsanga at the 2nd position. Following them was the Chennai boy Deepak Kumar securing the 3rd position.