‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’ – the solo Indian two-wheeler racing team from Honda 2Wheelers India is all fired up to raise the stakes higher in Round 2 of Asia Road Racing Championship 2019.
After the inaugural
round in Malaysia earlier in March’19, Asia’s toughest motorsports racing
championship has now reached Australia and kicks off tomorrow with start of
of the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, Mr.
Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle
& Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Honda
made a good start to 2019 ARRC season. Both Rajiv and Senthil lapped up points
in the first round and put the solo Indian team among Top 7. Now, round 2 in
Australia brings with it new set of challenges. Senthil faces the daunting
challenge of mastering Adelaide track but is excited to make new records. Rajiv
is already aware of the track and his past experience will support him in scoring
top chart. The team has come back with intense training, more learning and the
final wind in the wings will be the world class guidance by ex-GP rider Tomoyoshi Koyama. We are confident that both riders will
outperform and will make India proud”.
the ARRC charge is the experienced Rajiv
Sethu for whom 2019 is his 3rd season in ARRC. Rajiv has shown
consistent improvement since his ARRC debut in 2017; climbing from 46th
spot in his inaugural year to closing 27th position in 2018. In
2019, Rajiv opened the throttle and is ranked 14th in AP 250cc class
championship snapping up 8 points in his kitty already.
Rajiv up as his teammate is the 18-year-old
promising rookie rider Senthil Kumar. In 2018, Senthil showed promising
results in his debut year at Thai Talent Cup and finished 3rd in the
2018 INMRC Pro Stock 165cc championship on the domestic front. In 2019 season of ARRC, Senthil made his mark
by winning 2 points in his debut race in Sepang circuit.
his third year in the championship, young talented Honda rider Rajiv Sethu
said, “Every round comes with a new
learning. After riding in the Bend motorsport park in 2018, my entire focus this
weekend will be to improve my riding style. With the full support of my IDEMITSU
Honda Racing India team and propelled under the guidance of Mr. Koyama, I feel
much more confident of my race-craft in this tricky track. I am striving for a
Top 10 finish.”
towards his second ARRC round, rookie rider Senthil Kumar
said, “Representing India on an
international circuit and scoring points in my first race in Malaysia has given
me positive momentum. Australia is a new track for me and a very technical one
too. But with the full support of my team, I am groomed and trained for every
challenge. I aim to go ahead full steam and snap points for India.”
Parallelly, Honda Group Companies Honda Asia-Dream
Racing with SHOWA team has pulled strong in the inaugural Asia SuperBike 1000cc
(ASB) class of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship 2019. The team has recruited
top personnel from Honda subsidiaries across the Asia & Oceania region,
including a race technician from India. Led by former MotoGP racer Makoto
Tamada as team manager, the Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi on the CBR1000RR SP2
racing machine is currently ranked in the top 4 in the championship.