Malaysia ARRC: Last to points for Honda India's Sethu

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Malaysia ARRC: Last to points for Honda India's Sethu
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Mar 10, 2019, 11:17 AM

Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu put on a charging performance in the second race of the Asia Road Racing Championship season in Malaysia after an early crash left him at the bottom of the pack.

Sethu was running in 14th position when Indonesia duo Irfan Ardiansyah and Rafid Topan crashed on the approach to turn 2 on the very first lap of the race.

With the two riders running right in front of him, Sethu was unable to avoid the duo and himself fell down, slipping to last a result.

But the Chennai-based rider quickly remounted on his Asia Production 250cc category bike and initiated a remarkable recovery ride, pulling himself up to 13th by the time the chequered flag was dropped at the end of lap 8.

This followed a career-best result of 11th in Saturday’s race.

“Today I was totally focused as I wanted to be in the top bunch right from the start,” Sethu said. “While I could do that, I couldn’t save from Indonesian riders crash before me.

“My machine had minor problem from the crash impact, but I wanted to finish the race. Yes, I could gain more points for India and my team today but I feel disappointed that I couldn’t close in top 10.”

Senthil Kumar started three spots behind Sethu in 17th and was able to avoid the first lap melee, before making up further places to run 13th.

However, on the sixth lap of the race, the bike went away from him at one of the Sepang International Circuit’s 15 corners, and the crash that ensued led to immediate retirement.

“Today was a tough day. My target was to better my yesterday’s 14th finish. By 6th lap, I had already reached 13th spot but the miscalculation at the turn led to my crash,” Kumar said.

“As a racer, my target is to do better and eye for top bunch in every race. So yes, today was been a little disappointing but there is a lot of learning in this too.”

After the first round, the Honda Racing India team sits sixth in the teams’ standings, with 10 points to its name.

Senthil Kumar, Honda Racing India

Senthil Kumar, Honda Racing India

Photo by: ARRC

 
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