Mumbai: Honda Motorcycles and Scooters has announced its lineup of riders for the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship which begins this weekend. A total of six riders will compete across various categories, including Rajiv Sethu (2017 Runner-up), Sarath Kumar (India’s first Moto3 rider) and 17-year-old Senthil Kumar, who impressed with his performance in the CBR 150R Novice class last year.
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has already begun its 2018 season with the first Indian team in Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC). Called IDEMITSU Honda Racing India by T Pro Ten10, the team consists of riders Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty. Both the riders bagged international points in Round 2 and Round 3 of the ARRC in Australia and Japan, respectively. The duo is now set to battle it out against some of Asia's best riders in the upcoming round at MMRT, Chennai.
Speaking about Honda’s preparation for national championship and Honda India Talent Cup, Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Followed by a major direction shift towards motorsports, 2018 has started as a cracker of a motorsports season for Indian riders with a strong performance in Asia Road Racing Championship and Thai Talent Cup. Local boy Senthil will be joined by 5 other riders as a part of Honda Ten10 Racing team and are all set to fight for the podium in the opening round of the national championship. In the Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class, this time the focus is not only on the riders but also on the technicians training as a part of overall motorsports development. We will very soon have an exciting announcement for the second class of Honda India Talent Cup.”
IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup – CBR 250R class is a part of Honda 2Wheelers India’s vision to promote motorsports in the country. With 26 registrations received, 20 riders will race for podium glory in Round 1 this weekend. Growing in stature since the CBR 250R Cup was introduced in 2012, 2018 will be the first season where 2 Sri Lankan riders are participating as a part of support to develop motorsports in neighboring countries.