SRIPERUMBUDUR: Honda riders Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty have their task cut out as the fourth round of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship takes its only India stop this weekend in at the refurbished Madras Motor Race Track here.
The weekend action will give Chennai’s Rajiv Sethu a chance to prove his credentials after coming out of injury sustained during Round 2 in Australia.
The 20-year-old Sethu is part of the Idemitsu Honda India Racing team, which will also have third rider in Taiga Hada, the 19-year-old competing in the 600cc class.
For the 24-year-old Bengaluru-based Shetty this debut season is proving to be a learning exercise that he would like to make most of the chance of driving on home track.
The ARRC will showcase the cream of two-wheeler racing talent in the region who are expected to set the circuit alight as in the past.
Shetty will be keenly followed in the Asia Production 250cc category that Indonesian Rheza Danica Ahrens has dominated with four consecutive wins in six races.
Shetty has managed to pick up two points by finishing 15th in both the races in Australia while Sethu is still in quest for his first points in his second season. Hada is 13th in the 600cc class with 24 points.
Shetty will also be figuring in the two races of the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup (CBR 250, Open) organised by MMSC which he leads with 86 points from Coimbatore’s Senthil Kumar (63), both having won two races apiece in the previous two rounds.
Also seen in action in this category will be familiar faces of veterans Anthony West (Australia), Decha Kraisart (Thailand), Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman (Malaysia) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Japan).
Sharing an overview of the Indian team’s strategy in the Chennai round of ARRC, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Honda 2Wheelers India has a dream to develop iconic Indian riders of international level.
With our first ever Indian team in Asia Road Racing Championship, Honda is taking Indian motorsport global.
“Honda’s racing experts have helped me overcome my weakness while coming with a race strategy keeping in mind the competition. Fighting for win will be all the more special as this is my home turf.”
“I have improved my race craft and also worked on my mental fitness. I have started to get a hang of the pressure of performing amongst best racers of Asia, ” said Shetty.