· AP 250 class Race 1: A consistent performance throughout the 8 laps resulted in Kavin crossing the chequered line at 14th place, adding 2 points; Mohsin finished the race at 17th position.
· AP 250 Class Race 2: Mohsin exhibited consistency until a crash in the last lap, while Kavin had to drop out early due to mechanical issues with his machine.
Sepang International Circuit (Malaysia), 15 May 2023: The IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team wraps up the action packed round 2 of 2023 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) with overall 2 points.The hot and sweltering weather condition at the Sepang International Circuit coupled with sizzling competition made today’s Asia Production 250cc (AP250cc) an even more challenging affair.
The solo Indian team’s rider Kavin Samaar Quintal had put together a consistent performance in yesterday’s AP250cc race 1. After making a good start from 16th position, the 17-year-old rider couldn’t surge ahead till the 5th lap. By lap 6 he overtook 1 rider. Keeping calm and maintaining his pace, the young lad from Chennai finished in 14th – just on the edge of the points as several riders ahead made mistakes. His best lap of 2:27.647 earned him and the team 2 valuable points in the championship.
Fresh from his 16th place qualifier and 14th place finish in yesterday’s outing, Kavin was keen to make a forward step in today’s race 2 but he could not finish the race after his bike developed a technical snag in lap 2 and he returned to the pits.
Kavin has notched up 2 points in round 2 here at the Sepang International Circuit maintaining his presence in top 15 in championship overall.
On the other hand, his fellow teammate Mohsin Paramban from Mallapuram had put in a fighting ride to finish the race 1 of AP250cc in 17th position 3 places higher than his qualifying position of 20th. Despite a good start which pushed the 20-year-old rider 1 position ahead to 18th by 2nd lap of today’s race 2, an overtake by another rider during the 3rd lap pulled him down to 19th. From thereon he continued to maintain his position until the last lap where he crashed out due to an attempt to chase another rider ahead of him. Unfortunately, the rookie rider couldn’t score any point in the Sepang round.
With the end of round 2, The IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team has earned an additional two valuable points, bringing their total to 11 points thus far in the 2023 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC).
Quote of Mr. Tsutsumu Otani – President, CEO & Managing Director, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India – “It’s not the weekend the team was hoping for. The hot temperatures of the weekend made everything more critical. The round started on a positive note for both Kavin and Mohsin but race 2 brought various challenges for them. Each round presents new opportunities for growth & experience, and I am confident that our team will learn from these challenges and improve their performance in the upcoming rounds. We are still in the early stages. Our riders will continue to refine their skills and work towards earning more valuable points for the team.”
Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Kavin Quintal – “This round didn’t happen as per my expectations. Although I made a good start with Race 1 and earned points for the team, the mechanical issues in Race 2 spoiled my plans. Taking the learnings from the last round, I was positive enough to finish this round with better performance and results. However, I could not match my target. Taking this round in good spirits, I am excited for the next round in Japan. With more learning, we will enhance our strategies and techniques to stay committed to our prime objective.”
Quote of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider Mohsin Paramban – “It was a tough round for me. Though I was steady throughout both race 1 & 2 but the crash in today’s race was beyond my expectations. After Kavin’s dropout today, my focus was to remain consistent. I tried to maintain a consistent pace throughout the race. However, this round had some other plans. Still, this is not the end of the show. This race’s loss has brought more motivation amongst us. I shall be working more on my weak points and return stronger in the next round in Japan, which is a dream track for every Honda rider.”
The IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team will now look forward to the third round of 2023 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which will take place at Sportsland Sugo International Circuit (Japan) on 23 -25 June 2023.