ARRC: Prabhu Arunagiri secures Top 10 result in India's Underbone 150cc Race 2
A wildcard entry for Prabhu Arunagiri in the 2017 Asia Road Racing Championship’s Indian round in the Underbone 150cc class saw him finish 12th in the Friday practice session.
Racing for the M-Mate Liberty Honda Racing outfit at the Madras Motor Race Track, the Racr rider was 13th in the Qualifying, while he finished 14th in the Superpole.
A Malaysian domination saw SCK Rapido Hi Rev Honda Racing Team’s Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam took pole from Yuzy Honda Vietnam Racing Team’s Azroy Hakeen Anuar and UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor’s Md. Akid Aziz.
The first race in the Underbone 150cc category had a solid battle between five riders in the front in the 10-lap race on Saturday morning.
After having lost his lead at the start, pole-sitter Rostam fought back to take victory from UMA Racing Yamaha Maju Motor’s Md Haziq Md Fairues by 0.178s, with Anuar completing the Top 3.
For Arunagiri, who races in ARRC's Suzuki Asian Challenge category, in his first-ever outing on the Honda 150cc Underbone bike, the Indian was 13th – just behind teammate Shafiq Rosli.
The second race on Sunday morning posed a stiff challenge to the riders in Chennai, as the overcast conditions meant, it kept drizzling at MMRT.
Yet again pole-sitter Rostam lost out at the start, before crashing out as a four-way battle went on in the front in the damp conditions.
A couple of lead changes saw Anuar ahead from teammate Aziz and Onexox TKKR Racing Team's Md Helmi Azman, before a red flag stopped the race.
The race direction officially ended the race after seven laps of running, as medical team was on-site for the crash of Md Amirul Ariff Musa.
The Top 3 result stayed the same, while the lone Indian had a fruitful outing in the mixed conditions. Starting from the back, Arunagiri made up four positions to 11th in the early stages.
Couple of crashes saw him move to ninth eventually, where he would finish after an early end to the race - rounding off a learning weekend in the Underbone class.
While Aziz leads the way in the riders' championship, Arunagiri's 10 points puts him in 25th position.