Chennai: The Round 5 of Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) will get underway in Chennai from September 22 to 24. Along with the Asia Road Racing Championship, 22 riders would be competing in Honda One Make Race final Round (Round-5) in Chennai.
According to a Honda statement, Honda2Wheelers India sponsors the only Indian riders featuring in ARRC, Sarath Kumar and Rajiv Sethu. They represent team RAMA Honda by NTS T. Pro Ten 10. India’s sole full-season riders Sarath (bike 69) and Rajiv (bike 17) will be participating in the Super Sport 600CC class and the Asia Production 250cc class respectively.
Leading Honda 2Wheeler India’s assault from the front will be the 24 year old Indian racer Sarath Kumar. The two-time Honda One Make Race Champion (2014 and 2013) is the first-Indian rider to participate in 125GP and Moto-3 CEV Championship and the first to get a podium finish in 2014 season of Asia Dream Cup. Recognizing his immense talent, Honda has sponsored him to the Asia Road Racing Championship 2017. After competing in 5 rounds across Thailand, Japan, Indonesia & Malaysia, Sarath is now set to challenge Asia’s best racers in the most closely contested Super Sports 600cc segment.
Looking forward to race on home soil, Sarath Kumar said, “I have been training very hard for the championship and I am so happy to be able to ride for India this season. Personally for me, this season, the Championship has been very fruitful and rewarding as compared to the last season which was full of injuries. Honda 2Wheelers India has always given wings to my dreams and has been a guiding force throughout my career. I am looking forward to deliver my best performance.”
ARRC Season 2017 debutant, Rajiv Sethu (bike # 17) is one of India’s most promising young racers and Top performer in National & Honda One Make Race Championship. Based on his performance, he is now participating in ARRC and Thai talent cup. He has also been the top runner for super sports category championship this year. His aggressive racing style coupled with technical background facilitates him in enhancing his racing craft in every race.
Excited for his first championship race in Chennai, Rajiv Sethu, said, “While this Championship is important for all the riders, it holds a special importance for me, as I am going to perform on my home ground. It is both a source of confidence and motivation for me. With Honda’s constant support has played the most pivotal role by providing me with this opportunity. I have always been very comfortable on the Chennai track, and there is nothing like racing here. As a first time in ARRC, my learning curve has been very steep.”
Speaking on Indian rider’s skilling up and going global, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President – Customer Service, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said, “Honda has been constantly making efforts to promote motorsports in India. As a part of Honda’s rider development program, two young talented Indian riders Sarath and Rajiv will be seen in action in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year. Both the riders have had a remarkable season so far we are delighted that they are representing India in the race. We want them to be an inspiration for other riders who aspire to reach such pedestals. With the ARRC returning to India, this is another great opportunity for the riders as well as the motorsport fans in India to experience live action.”
The SuperSports 600cc continues to be the premiere class. A new and exciting intermediate class, the Asia Production 250cc, will thrill Indian motorsports fans with their close and competitive racing. The Underbone 130cc category has been replaced with the more powerful Underbone 150cc class.