Thailand ARRC: Honda India's Sethu scores points in Race 1

Thailand ARRC: Honda India's Sethu scores points in Race 1
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Dec 1, 2018, 1:14 PM

Rajiv Sethu scored points for the Honda Racing India team in the final round of Asia Road Racing Championship in Thailand on Saturday.

Sethu shaved off 1.4s off his best practice time to qualify 20th of 27 riders for the first Asia Production 250cc race of the weekend, setting himself nicely for a points finish.

He ran on the cusp of top 15 for majority of the race and took full advantage of a final lap collision among his rivals to jump up to 14th at the flag.

The result marked his seconds points result of the season and first since the India round in August.

“It was a good race for me today,” Sethu said after the race. “The competition was really tight but I made a good start.

“My target was to stick to my position and make my move on the last lap. I overtook two riders in the last lap.

“After this, I could see a chance of climbing another 2 spots but the crash possibility was very high. So I took a call to guard my position and secure points for India. “

Countryman and fellow Honda India rider Anish Shetty, however, was unable to emulate Sethu’s pace, qualifying 26nd and improving marginally to finish in 22nd spot.

Shetty felt he and his team misjudged the setup requirements for qualifying, which in turn compromised his chances in the race.

“The set-up which we finalised for the qualifier didn’t turn out to be the right one,” he said.

“I missed a big opportunity in the qualifier. Starting from 26th on the grid, I challenged myself and finished 4 positions up at 22nd.”

Elsewhere, Taiga Hada made a strong start for Honda India in the flagship Supersport 600cc category, rising up from 18th to seventh in the early stages of the race.

However, gear shift troubles left him tumbling down the field, leaving him 13th at the flag.

That result was still enough for three points, taking his season’s tally to 75.

The final round of ARRC continues on Sunday, with one AP250 and SS600 race each scheduled at the Buriram Circuit.

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