After a mind-blowing performance at the first round of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship, Honda’s riders are all set to fight for the crown at the second round, which is scheduled to be held this weekend at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai. Rider Anish Shetty, who represents Honda Racing, scored back-to-back wins in round one of the Pro Stock 165 class and will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins at the Chennai racetrack.
The addition of ‘slick tyres’ in round two is expected to play a big role for riders in the SuperSport 165 class. Will the increased grip give national championship runner-up Rajiv Sethu the competitive edge he needs to win the title? Only time will tell. Also, look out for Mathana Kumar, who bagged double podiums in the first round held at Coimbatore, and Sarath Kumar, who will be competing alongside the national champion for the crown.
Youngster Senthil Kumar and Anish Shetty had an intense battle in the first round of the CBR 250R class of the IDEMITSU Honda India Cup. Both managed to clinch podium finishes and are expected to be extremely competitive this weekend.
The second round of the championship will also witness the introduction of a new category within the in IDEMITSU Honda India Cup – the CBR 150R class. Shortlisted riders from the first leg of the Talent Hunt conducted in Bangalore will compete in this category. The six riders who will be taking part in this category are aged between 13 and 18 years. Here’s the official statement from the manufacturer.
Press Release -
Honda riders all set for Round 2 of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship
Introduces CBR 150R class in IDEMITSU Honda India Cup for aspiring racers
Chennai, July 5, 2018: After a blockbuster performance in Round 1 of 2018 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship, Honda riders are once again geared up for podium glory. The Round 2 of the national championship will take place this weekend at Madras Motor Race Track, Chennai along with IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup.
In the first round in Coimbatore earlier this month, IDEMITSU Honda Ten10 Racing rider Anish Shetty scored back to back wins in Pro Stock 165 class. Defending Honda’s 2017 title, Anish will aim for a hat-trick of wins this weekend in Chennai. Mithun Kumar and Senthil Kumar displayed promising performance in round 1 and will be looking to improve their spot on the grid.
In the SuperSport 165 class Rajiv Sethu, the 2017 national championship runner-up, will lead the charge along with Mathana Kumar and Sarath Kumar. Mathana Kumar’s challenging spirit had helped him bag double podiums in Round 1. For the first time, riders in the SuperSport 165 class will get special ‘slick tyres’. These tyres offer increased grip leading to faster cornering speed and reduced lap time.
Speaking on the preparation of Honda riders for national championship and Talent Cup, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “After the thrill and excitement of round 1, our riders are set to fight for the podium in the national championship this weekend. The action packed weekend will witness the introduction of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 150R class. In this new category, we will also see budding racers in the age group of 13 to 18 years selected from the first leg of Talent Hunt conducted in Bangalore.”
In the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class, 18 riders will be competing for the silverware. After a gruelling qualification session, youngster Senthil Kumar scored double wins. Senthil had an intense battle on track with Anish Shetty who finished right at his heels on both the races.
Honda has further intensified the playing field with the introduction of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 150R class. Riders for this class have been hand-picked by motorcycle racing experts at IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt. Coming from an intense training session at Honda Ten10 Racing Academy, the young lads will be testing their mettle at the race track.
IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt conducted in Bangalore saw the selection of 6 high potential riders who will be participating in the Talent Cup – CBR 150R class. The high octane event witnessed the growing love for motorcycle racing in India with participation of budding riders from as far as Guwahati. In the adrenaline packed event saw riders as young as 13 years being selected for this round. The youngsters will be competing for a win and as the season moves ahead, more riders will be joining the grid. These young racers will be continuously upgrading their skills during the season at Honda Ten10 Racing Academy.
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