Anish scores first international point in 2nd Round at Adelaide
2018 is a big leap for me. With Honda’s support, I have made my international debut. It is just 2 rounds into the championship, but there’s a steep learning curve as I am competing with best racers from across Asia.
— Anish Shetty (Honda racing rider)
Pune: Indian rookie rider, Anish Shetty came out with a good show to snap his first point for Honda’s newly formed Indian team ‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team’ by T Pro Ten10. Points for Indian rider came in Asia Production 250cc class in Adelaide.
Starting from a far 19th on the grid, Anish worked his way and finished for the first time in top 15 riders. Anish clocked his best lap time of 2:11:953 and a top speed of 197 kilometers per hour.
Meanwhile, it was a tough weekend for the second-timer Rajiv Sethu who crashed in the third practice and suffered a wrist injury. Honda 2Wheeler India team’s third rider, 19-year old Japanese rider Taiga Hada competed in the marquee SuperSport 600cc with 21 other riders.
Starting from third position, Hada was comfortably leading when the race was abandoned due to two red flags with no points awarded to any rider or team.
“This is our next step to develop iconic Indian riders for not only national but more so international racing championships. This weekend is coming up with lots of surprises. We are delighted that Anish, despite being a rookie has already climbed ranks to top 15,” ”said Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President - Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.