Thailand ARRC: Sethu scores points for Honda in finale
Honda Racing India rider Rajiv Sethu bagged a points finish in the final race of the 2018 Asia Road Racing Championship season in Thailand.
Sethu qualified in 19th position in the mid-tier Asia Production 250cc class and got off the line well to make three positions into the first corner.
He held his spot until the final lap, when he passed a rival into turn 3. He then took advantage of slipstream to overtake another rider and secure the final points-scoring position in 15th.
With that result, he ended up 27th in the riders standings with a grand total of seven points.
The National Motorcycle Championship graduate had earlier scored points during the India round of ARRC in August and then again during Saturday’s Race 1.
“My 2017 debut was a learning year for me but I couldn’t grab any points for my team,” he said. “This year, I am thankful to Honda and IDEMITSU to give me opportunity to be a part of the only Indian team at ARRC.
“With the solid technical support behind me, my performance has really improved. Not only did I jump 19 positions in the championship over last year, but also win as many as 7 points in 3 races this season, which is a first for me.
“Now will put best effort to try to win the SuperSport165 in Indian National Championship.”
Meanwhile, Anish Shetty had a lot of work to do astride the second of the Honda India bikes, having qualified in 25th position.
But Shetty fought till the very end of the race, passing one of his rivals on the very last lap to finish 20th.
The result culminated a tricky but still impressive rookie ARRC season for the Indian rider, who scored his first points as early as the second round but couldn’t replicate the same result thereafter.
“In 2018, I realized my dream to make my international racing debut thanks to Honda and IDEMITSU,” Shetty said, summarising his season.
“ARRC was a steep learning curve & has tremendously improved my riding style, cornering speed, bike and tyre understanding.
“After battling with Asia’s best, my target now is to add to my lead and seal my maiden Pro-Stock title in Indian National Racing Championship and the 2018 CBR 250R championship too.”
Taiga Hada, Honda Racing India
Photo by: Honda
Elsewhere, Taiga Hada scythed his way through the field in the flagship Supersport 600cc class, ending up 12th at the flag.
His season results - which included a double podium finish in Chennai - ensured the Honda Racing India squad was classified seventh in the final teams’ standings.
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