Honda India names APC 250cc riders for 2019 ARRC season, more details revealed
The two riders will race in the intermediate class with more details revealed by the manufacturer regarding its programme.
IDEMITSU Honda Racing India has revealed names of the two riders competing for the Indian outfit in the 2019 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship in the Asia Production Cup 250cc, with Rajiv Sethu staying on for another year in the championship.
Sethu will be joined by rookie Senthil Kumar, who graduates from the Thailand Talent Cup. "This is my third year in ARRC, and I’m very thankful to Honda 2 Wheelers India for giving me this great platform," said Sehtu.
"I am realizing my dreams to grow my skills and prove myself in international championships. With every season, I am going a step closer to my dreams. For 2019 my preparation has been the toughest with Honda’s best in class training facilities.
"This year I am challenging myself to climb even further and strive to close the season in Top 15." At the same time, his new teammate, Kumar added: “I feel very blessed to get international opportunities with Honda in just 2 years since start of my professional racing.
"ARRC will be my first ever exposure to the Asia’s toughest race. I am extremely happy and excited to be a part of the IDEMITSU Honda Racing team and representing India on international soil.
"It is a dream opportunity for me after Thailand Talent Cup and I’ve prepared day and night for to make our country proud. Looking forward for a great learning with team Honda." Kumar will be riding the #16 Honda while Sethu will continue on his #80 bike.
In addition to the two Indian riders in the APC 250cc class, Honda revealed two young riders, 14-year-old Mohamed Mikail and 18-year-old Kritik Habib, to compete in the Honda Thailand Talent Cup - selected from the 132 who entered in India's Honda Talent Cup.
In the bid to increase its arm within motorsport, Honda India will have one of its technician technician, P Prabhakaran, working in the Honda Asia Dream Riding Team, which will be competing in the Superbike 1000cc class (ASB1000).
Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said: Honda is driven by a challenging spirit and passion to win. A lot of people have high expectations from us, so we will work hard as a team to get the best possible results.
"With 2 of India’s most promising riders representing the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India at Asia level, we are aiming that our boys climb the top group and make India proud on the international stage in 2019. Last year, we announced our motorsport direction.
"And now, staying true to our commitment, we are fast-tracking the development of 2 next generation riders to the Asian platform. Starting from identifying high potential riders as young as 13 years through our ‘IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt to aiming to develop a top Indian rider for MotoGP, Honda has an aggressive roadmap to support young Indian riders to realize their dreams."