Sepang (Malaysia), Oct 6 (Agency) The lone Indian racing team from Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) arrives here at Sepang International Circuit for Round-4 of the Asia Road Racing Championship.This weekend will see the duo of Indian riders Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar fight against 19 riders from 6 countries (Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) in a battle to clinch top laurels in the Asia Production 250cc (AP250) class of Asia’s toughest motorcycle racing championship.Leading the ARRC charge for Honda Racing India is the experienced Rajiv for whom 2022 is his 4th season in ARRC.
Round 3 of the championship held at the Sportsland SUGO International Circuit (Japan) saw ace rider Rajiv creating history by securing the 5th spot in the championship on Day 1 – best ever finish by an Indian rider in AP250 class. However, on Day 2, he could not recover from the mistake in the initial laps and finished the race in 17th position. Whereas his teammate Senthil managed to bounce back from a DNF of Day 1 to claiming 1 point for the team by securing 15th position in the category.Rajiv Sethu entered round 4 with 24 points. Senthil has also proved his mettle by gaining a total of 7 points in the season so far. Thus, the Honda Racing India team stands in 10th place in the overall team standings.
Looking forward to round-4 of the championship, Rajiv said: “I am feeling confident in this round as Sepang Circuit is a familiar track for me. With the recent learnings from the domestic track, I will try to get as many points as possible and be on the top five list. “Sharing his thoughts, Senthil said: “The last round truly tested my potential and I am happy that in the end, I was able to gain that valuable point for my team. Stepping once again on Sepang for the fourth round, the aim is to be in control of my machine and performance so that I can clock even better finishes for my country and team.”