· With 4 podium wins, Honda riders clinch highest victories in Supersports 600cc categories
· Indian rider Sarath Kumar joins the elite league of country’s fastest riders in the Super Sports 600cc category
· Honda CBR 250R Championship 2017 title sealed by Rajiv Sethu
The much awaited penultimate round of Asia’s most competitive motorsport racing, the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) today culminated at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT) amidst tight finishes and multiple crashes.
Round 5 saw intense action in both the SuperSports 600 and Asia Production 250cc categories from riders across Asia Oceania.
The marquee SuperSports 600cc saw Honda riders throttle away with 4 out of the 6 podiums. MUSAHI Boon Siew Honda Racing’s Malaysian rider Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi won the 1st place in race 27:20:721 seconds with RAMA Honda rider Taiga Hada coming a close second at 27:21:347. The stakes got higher on the rainy Sunday with wet track. Malaysian rider Zaghwan came second with Taiga Hada who finished third and recorded the fastest lap of the championship at 01:40:990 seconds with a blistering speed of 132.35 kilometer per hour.
In the Round 5 of Asia Road Racing Championship Honda won 3 podiums in the Asia Production 250cc class scoreboard. Japanese rider Tomoyoshi Koyamai, astride a Honda machine, powered his way to victory in the premier Asia Production 250cc in Race 1. Amidst dramatic crashes, the Race 2 saw thrilling action between the riders. Clocking a total of 19:48:264 seconds, Tomoyoshi Koyamai secured a second place followed by teammate Takehiro Yamamoto in the Race 2 on Sunday. Tomoyoshi Kayoma is currently training teammate and debutant Rajiv Sethu in the same category.
The Indian contingent of Sarath Kumar and Rajiv Sethu participated in the Asia Road Racing Championship, putting up a spirited display. Both Indian riders Sarath Kumar and Rajiv Sethu improved lap timings by 2 seconds in their respective categories through the two races of ARRC Round 5.
Clocking best lap of 1:45:676 seconds in the Race 2 of ARRC Round 5, Sarath Kumar becomes one of the fastest Indian riders in the SuperSports 600cc category.
Ten10’s Rajiv seals the deal as 2017 winner of CBR 250R Open Championship
Parallely, the Honda CBR 250R Open Championship held as the support race in ARRC also drew the curtains of the winners of this season. Despite coming 5th in Race 1 on Saturday and not participating in the race 2 on Sunday due to injury, Rajiv, clinched the Honda CBR 250R (Open) category of the MMSC One-Make Championship with total of 179 points.
Speaking on Indian rider’s skilling up and going global, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Customer Service, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “Honda has been constantly making efforts to promote motorsports in India. As a part of Honda’s rider development program, Indian riders Sarath & Rajiv participated in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). We want them to be an inspiration for other riders who aspire to reach such pedestals.”