Pune: Indian rookie Anish D. Shetty scored once again in Asia Production 250cc class. Starting from row 7 in 19th position, Anish showed tremendous mettle and grit to work his way up to finish 15th on the grid.
Earlier on Saturday Anish scored the first point in his season during Race 1. Anish today clocked his best lap time of 2:11:938 and a top speed of 191 kilometer/hour, improving on his Saturday’s timings.
Meanwhile, second-timer in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) Rajiv Sethu who crashed in the third practice could not race due to a wrist injury.
Honda 2Wheelers India team’s third rider, 19-year old Taiga Hada in the SuperSport 600 class managed to finish at 17th position, after a crash in the 4th lap of a red flagged race.
“We are delighted that Anish finished in points twice on just his 2nd outing in international competitive racing despite being a rookie,” said Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
“Being in top 15 so early into the season is a very 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,” added Nagaraj
Elated to be a part of Honda’s historical first all Indian team at the 23rd season of Asia Road Championship, Anish 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. It is an great start to the Australia journey.
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,” added shetty after the race.