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Honda Racing India team's rookie Anish Shetty scores again in Adelaide

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    2018 season of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) is turning out to be a great one for Honda’s Indian riders. IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team's rookie Anish D. Shetty scored another point for the team. He scored a point in the first race on Saturday as well.

    Anish D. Shetty races in the Asia Production 250cc class. He scored a point in the first race in Adelaide (Australia). In the second race, he started from Row 7 in the 19th position. He showed great perseverance and grit to finish the race at 15th, scoring another point for the team. He also improved on his timings from Race 1. Anish clocked his best lap time at 2:11:938 and a top speed of 191 km/h.

    Unfortunately, Rajiv Sethu, a second-timer in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) crashed during the third practice. He could not race as he suffered from a wrist injury. Honda 2Wheelers India team’s third rider, Taiga Hada managed to finish at 17th position in the SuperSport 600 class.

    Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are delighted that Anish finished in points twice on just his 2nd outing in international competitive racing despite being a rookie. Being in top 15 so early into the season is a great achievement. Rajiv’s accident and wrist injury were very unfortunate but I am sure he will come back stronger and fitter for the next round in June. Parallelly, Taiga Hada – our 3rd rider in SuperSports 600cc could not score points today but his signs of pace gives the team hope for a stronger performance in the next race. Overall, we are confident of a great show by our riders in the remaining 4 rounds of the season.”

    Anish D. Shetty, the rookie Indian rider of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team by T Pro Ten10 racing in Asia Production 250cc class, said, “Australia has been doubly lucky for me and I had two great races this weekend. Yesterday’s points were a major confidence booster and starting from 19th on the grid I managed to finish 15th once again. I want to challenge myself even more to perform better in the next round at Suzuka in June. The team has been very supportive and has helped me understand the track as well as the bike. Our pace is improving with every race and we’ll try our best to focus and perform better so that we may approach the season with the aim of getting an Indian podium.”

    Honda announced its new motorsport direction ‘To develop iconic Indian rider for National & International Championships’ recently. This is the first season of the newly formed first Indian team, ‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team’ by T Pro Ten10.

    About 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship:

    ARRC is a part of the production-based category of racing which is similar to the Supersport World Championship. It consists of 3 open-make classes (SuperSports 600cc, Asia Production 250cc and Underbone 130cc) and 2 single-make development classes. It features Modified versions of production motorcycles available to the public. The 2018 season of FIM ARRC will feature 64 riders from 8 Asian countries competing in a 6 round championship.

    2018 ARRC calendar:

    Round 1 of the ARCC was held in Thailand in March. After the race in Australia this weekend, Japan’s Suzuka circuit will host the third round from 1st to 3rd June. The second half of the season will see the Indian team race on home-soil as ARRC will return to MMRT, Chennai from 3rd to 5th August. This will be followed by the penultimate round at Indonesia (12th to 14th October). The season finale will be held in Thailand from November 30 to December 2, 2018.