Idemitsu Honda Racing India encountered blended fortunes at Spherical 2 of the 2019 Asia Highway Racing Championship on the Bend Motorsport Park in Australia. Nonetheless, the workforce has made regular progress within the groups’ standings and has climbed as much as sixth place general, after securing a complete of 10 factors at Spherical 2.
Rajiv Sethu entered the weekend on the again of securing his best-ever Asia Manufacturing 250cc (AP250) class of 11th place at Spherical 1 in Malaysia. He managed to additional enhance on that by ending the primary race of the weekend in 10th place, making him the first-ever Indian rider to interrupt into the highest 10 of a race within the AP250 class of the ARRC. Beginning the race from 12th place, Sethu made an excellent begin off the road and climbed as much as fifth place by the tip of the opening lap. Nonetheless, he fell down the order after his bike’s handlebar obtained caught with Indonesian rider Irfan Ardiansyah’s bike as the 2 have been preventing for place. Sethu then went forward and overtook two riders on the fifth lap to safe 10th place and 6 factors.
Sethu began the second race from 12th place as soon as once more and ran in 11th place for almost all of the race, earlier than dropping a spot on the sixth lap after dropping traction. He held on to 12th place until the chequered flag, racking up a further 4 factors for Honda India.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, Honda India’s different rider, Senthil Kumar, endured a tough Spherical 2. The 18-year-old rookie began the primary race from 18th place and overtook three riders at first, however then went extensive at flip 15 and dropped right down to 24th place consequently. He ultimately handed seven riders to finish the race in 17th place. The second race introduced much more misfortune as he needed to retire on the opening lap itself after struggling a technical drawback.
Commenting on the workforce’s efficiency at Spherical 2 of the ARRC, Prabhu Nagaraj, vice chairman – Model and Communications, Honda Bike & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd., mentioned, “I’m assured that, with the total help of workforce and using coach ex-GP rider Mr. [Tomoyoshi] Koyama, the entry in prime 10 bunch is simply the beginning. Thailand spherical needs to be a robust one for Honda’s Indian workforce as each Rajiv and Senthil are aware of this observe.”