Idemitsu Honda Racing India, the only team to be competing at the ARRC, has started the new race season with some very good results at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Rajiv Sethu closed at the highest position of 7th and the 18-year old rookie Senthil Kumar too finished at 17th position in the AP250 class. This is the team's best performance yet at FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). It is the first time that both riders of India’s solo team scored points at Asia’s toughest road race championship in the same race.
Rajiv recorded the best ever finish by Indian rider in AP250 class of ARRC at 11th spot (earlier highest 13th). The teen rider Senthil too became the first Indian rookie to win 2 points with 14th finish in his debut ARRC race. With this, Honda’s Indian team has made its best-ever season start with a tally of 7 points in the first race itself.
“2019 is the year when Indian motorsport is coming of age. Technically, our CBR250RR bikes are tweaked to be more competitive with improved cowl giving added advantage to our boys. Additionally, our boys have the strength of the entire team and coach behind them. Right from the first race of the 2019 ARRC season, our solo Indian team is emerging as a serious challenger. Making India proud, Rajiv gave his best ever ARRC performance and added 5 points for the Indian team,” Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said of the team's progress.
“Senthil the face of new, confident and aggressive young Indian riders finished in top 14 and added another 2 points to IDEMITSU Honda Racing India kitty. Charged with today’s results and learnings, we are challenging ourselves to better our results ever more in tomorrow’s race 2.”
In 2019, ARRC features four classes - the newly introduced premier class of Asia Superbike 1000 (ASB1000), SuperSports 600 (SS600), Asia Production 250 (AP250) and Underbone class (UB150). Representing the solo Indian team at the event – Idemitsu Honda Racing India - are two riders: Rajiv Sethu and rookie Senthil Kumar who ride CBR250RRs.