The 2023 Asia Road Racing Championship has gotten off to a terrific start for the Idemitsu Honda India Racing Team. The Indian squad managed to earn some significant points in the season opening at Buriram thanks to a fresh rider lineup that included Kavin Quintal and Mohsin Paramban.
- Eighth place in the competition
- In his first international race, Khatri earns points.
- Nine points are earned by Honda India in Thailand.
Quintal and Paramban score in the First Round of the ARRC
Quintal and Paramban were both given the opportunity to race in the AP 250cc class of the ARRC after making an impression in the Thailand Talent Cup the previous year.
Quintal gained one point after moving up from 17th to 15th in the opening race. He moved up to 13th place by lap 8 of the next race. And He subsequently passed fellow countryman Chihiro Ishi to take 12th place on the track. He was elevated to P11 though after the disqualification of the driver in front of him. Quintal gathered a total of six points in the first round as a result.
Paramban advanced two positions from his grid position of 21st to place 19th in the opening race. He earned three points for finishing in 13th position in the subsequent race.
Honda India has a total of nine points at the end of the first round, placing them eighth overall out of 11 teams.
Round 1 of the Thailand Talent Cup features Khatri’s impressive international debut.
Indian teenager racers Raheesh Khatri and Shyam Sundar made their international racing debuts at the Thailand Talent Cup (TTC). Sadly, Sundar was unable to compete in this round due to a shoulder injury, leaving 15-year-old Khatri as the team’s lone rider.
Khatri did, however, manage to collect 10 points in his debut thanks to a pair of P11 finishes.
Honda Motorbike & Scooter India’s operations officer for brand and communication, Prabhu Nagaraj, commented on the team’s performance: “With a new squad in both ARRC and TTC, the Indian team is developing as a serious rival… The lengthy season has just begun in Thailand. For the upcoming round in Malaysia, we must maintain a laser-like concentration and set greater goals.
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