Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], February 3 (ANI): Fully charged up for the final round of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship and IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup, Honda Racing India riders arrived here at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai.
Holding the baton for IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team in PS165cc class of national championship are 3 riders Rajiv Sethu, Senthil Kumar and Mathana Kumar. Fighting fiercely for crucial championship points in the IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup NSF250R and CBR150R are 21 next-gen riders from different parts of the country. Further, the newly introduced Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race saw the participation of 15 experienced riders.
Speaking on the final round, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President - Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, "Today's qualifying and practice witnessed the enduring spirit of our young and experienced riders of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup as they gunned for top places on the grid. As we step in the last leg of championship, we are eager to compete in the last few races of the season. Keeping a steady eye on the Championship, we are looking forward to seeing our riders tame the track with their power-packed performances."
The last qualifying race of IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup CBR150R class today saw 12 young guns battling it out for top spots before the season concludes. With the fastest lap time of 2:08.265, championship leader Prakash Kamat from Chennai will have the first position start in tomorrow's race followed by Patna's Vivek Gaurav. At the third spot will be Chennai boy Theopaul Leander who recorded the fastest lap time of 2:09.128.
In the IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup NSF250R class, nine riders will be competing in the final round of the season. Today's practice saw Sarthak Chavan from Pune topping the chart with the best lap of 1:52.378. Next on the list is Kavin Quintal from Chennai. His best lap of 1:52.454 was merely 0.076 seconds off Sarthak. With total of 172 points so far, Kavin Quintal is currently leading the championship. Whereas, Sarthak Chavan and Mohsin P stand at second and third place respectively in the championship so far.
The race 1 of Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make race will see the trio of Chennai riders Kevin Kannan, G Balaji and Shankar Guru starting the race from the front row. Giving his best shot in today's qualifying, Kevin Kannan secured pole start with a best lap time of 2:11.712 followed by Chennai boy G Balaji at second and Shankar Guru at third.
The IDEMITSU Honda SK69 Racing team enters the final round of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Pro-Stock 165cc class with a total of 189 points. After the evening qualifier, Rajiv Sethu will start tomorrow's race from fifth place. Meanwhile, the duo of Senthil Kumar and S Mathana Kumar secured ninth and tenth place on grid for the penultimate race of the season. (ANI)