ARRC: Sethu ends 2018 season with points in 250cc, Hada scores as well in 600cc
The final round in 2018 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in Thailand's Buriram circuit saw Idemitsu Honda Racing India's Rajiv Sethu abode the #80 Honda finish 18th, 21st and 23rd in the three practice sessions, while Anish Shetty on the #81 was 25th in all of them.
The qualifying session saw Sethu end up 20th but his quick lap was deleted due to track limits, while Shetty was 26th as AP Honda Racing Thailand's Kritchaporn Kaewsonthi claimed pole for Race 1 on Saturday in the Asia Production Cup 250cc category.
The first race saw Sethu in fine form as he quickly gathered momentum to move himself on the cusp of scoring points in the final weekend of the season. He hovered around Top 15 for majority of the race and eventually ended up 14th after an incident ahead.
He gained a place to be 13th after a post-race disqualification of a rider with Yamaha's Rafid Topan Sucipto taking the race win from Astra Honda's Awhin Sanjaya and Yamaha Thailand's Anupab Sarmoon.
The pole-sitter Kaewsonthi ended up 18th only. While Sethu could show good pace, at the same time, set-up issues hindered Shetty's chances for points as he could only manage to gain four places to be 22nd.
The second race had Sethu starting from 19th and immediately gaining place off the line. He was once again running around the Top 15 position and eventually made the move stick in the latter stages to finish 15th and score another point.
His teammate Shetty had to fight his way up as well but he could only be 20th to cap off his first international season in the ARRC. Kawasaki's Andy Muhammad Fadly claimed the win over Astra Honda's Rheza Danica Ahrens and Sarmoon.
Ahrenas sealed the 2018 title with Astra Honda taking the teams' championship. Points for Sethu meant, he finished 27th overall with seven to his name in his second year with Shetty in 31st with the two he scored. The Indian outfit finished 15th with nine points in teams' standings.
Racing for Idemitsu Honda Racing India by T.Pro Ten10, Taiga Hada started the weekend with 18th place in the qualifying session in the premier Supersport 600cc category. The Japanese rider finished 13th in the race with a shifting issue.
Hada culminated the season with 12th in the final race as he ended up 11th in the riders' standings with 79 points - missing the Top 10 by four, while the Indian outfit was seventh in the teams' championship with the same points.