Suzuka Circuit (Japan), Jun 30 : Finishing on a high note, the solo Indian team IDEMITSU Honda Racing India riders added more points at the end of 4th round of FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) here on Sunday. Starting 13th on grid, Rajiv made a good start and climbed to 7th position before last corner of lap 1. But then, his helmet visor started fogging up leading to near zero visibility.
From there on, Rajiv gradually dropped to 16th position and pushed on to return to top 15 in lap 5, got pushed back in lap 6 but recovered By penultimate 7th lap, Rajiv had returned to 15th.In last lap, Rajiv spotted an opening and overtook the rider before him to finish 14th and add 2 more points to IDEMITSU Honda Racing India’s kitty.Shrugging off his 28th finish in race 1 on Saturday, Senthil achieved his Sunday's target of top 20 finish.
Starting 24th on grid, Senthil increased his confidence on the slippery Suzuka tarmac and jumped 4 positions in last 2 laps to finally finish 20th.At the front, it was once again an Indonesian hat-trick on podium. After Muklada crashed out in lap 1, Rafid who started Race 2 from pole position too lost his front and crashed in lap 6.Astra Honda’s Awhin Sanjaya won by a 4 second gap and the battle for 2nd raged on till chequered flag finally settled with Astra Honda rider Irfan Ardiansyah finishing 2nd and Andy Fadly 3rd.
With curtains down at Suzuka, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India is now ranked 9th of 20 teams with 25 points. Snapping 3 more points, Rajiv is in top 15 riders and rookie rider Senthil is placed 25th with 2 points.In ASB1000cc class, Malaysian rider Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing with SHOWA team was 5th to cross the chequered line.