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Honda riders Rajiv, Senthil open 2019 ARRC with bang
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Honda riders Rajiv, Senthil open 2019 ARRC with bang

Selangor, Malaysia, Mar 8 : A week after announcing its international motorsport plans for 2019, the solo team from India – ‘IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’ is now charging full steam ahead in the first round of Asia’s most prestigious motorsport championship – FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).

On the last day of practice, experienced campaigner Rajiv Sethu and 18-year-old Senthil Kumar secured 7th and 17th position, respectively on Friday.

The 2019 season start is setting the mood for the season ahead with 25 riders from 7 nations fighting for podium in the hot and humid Sepang International circuit. The competition in Malaysia is a tough and intense with top 10 riders finishing in just a 2 second gap.

Honda’s solo Indian team turns the heat to full in today’s practice. After finishing the 2 day pre-season testing yesterday, the team finished today’s 3 practices on a high note. Both the riders of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team - the experienced 3rd timer Rajiv Sethu and rookie rider Senthil Kumar in the Asia Production 250cc class consistently showed aggression and results on track.

Clocking an impressive best practice lap time of 2:26:858, Rajiv Sethu is now in the top 7 bunch of the race ending todays practice. This is his best ever finish in the Asia Road Racing Championship practice ever.

Meanwhile, Senthil is coming under spotlight in his debut racing season itself. Earlier in his pre-test, Senthil clocked 14th fastest best lap time of 2:29:873. The combined practice result saw Senthil finish at 17th with his best lap time of 2:30:288. UNI