Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup 2018 – Round 4
Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup 2018 -Round 4 at the Buddh International Circuit
The nine riders chosen as to be part of Idemitsu Honda Talent Hunt earned their way to three podium positions in the CBR 150R Novice class. Honda’s International riders, Anish Shetty and Senthil Kumar were in a league of their own in the CBR 250R class.
CBR 150R Novice Category
The first four lap race was a neck and neck race with the top three riders held onto their positions until the final lap. Anandhu KK stayed glued to the first spot without breaking a sweat. On the last lap, Mohamed Mikail and Kartik Habib were battling it out for second spot. Kartik pressured Mikail into giving up the second spot while Mikail finished in third place with the best lap time of 2:45.292.
In the second race on Sunday, Kartik Habib took home a podium win along with the best time of 2:45.197. Honda Ten10 racing academy’s Mikail grabbed his second podium in the final race. Charan Thangavel finished in third spot in the final race making it his third podium of the weekend. The race leader, Anandhu’s bike suffered a technical issue which pushed him down from first place to the last.
CBR 250R Expert category
In an intense battle with numerous changes on the leader board, the second race of the category was won by Abhishek V. Meka who won the race 1 and was leading the race 2, was later overtaken by Abhishek, Anish and then Senthil. Abhishek pushed his bike to the absolute limits, in an effort to pull away from Anish and Senthil who were right on his tail. Abhishek set the best lap time of 2:32.714 and won the race, while Anish and Senthil took the second and third spot respectively.
Speaking on the Honda riders’ performance, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President- Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “What a day! Today was all about seeing the next generation of India’s riders scorch the track with their magic. Looking the talent of these young guns, Honda believes that the world too will see an iconic rider from India soon. I’m extremely proud of Idemitsu Honda Talent Hunt finds – Kartik, Mikail and Charan who are consistently upping their game. Our expert riders too are consistently performing. After BIC, our 2 boys (Anish and Rajiv) are now make India proud in the Asia Road Racing Championship in Indonesia coming weekend.”
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