Indian driver Rajiv reaches the top 10 in AP250 practice in Suzuka

Suzuka Circuit (Japan): The drivers of the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team, Rajiv Sethu and Senthil Kumar, have significantly improved the 3 practice sessions at Suzuka in the fourth round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) today.
In his third year at ARRC, Rajiv has grown up. In the first practice his best lap time of 2: 30: 826 was only a second away from the leader Andy Fadly. Overall, Rajiv finished in 3 FP sessions the top 10 riders with a lap time of 2: 30: 826.
With the first three rounds of the AP250 class underway, Rajiv is now a serious competitor. With increasing confidence in the track, machine understanding and fitness, Rajiv has risen 14 places from 28th to 14th in 2018. In the three championship rounds of the year 2019 he already had 22 points in his kitty.
Also for the rookie driver Senthil was a positive day today. The 18-year-old rookie reduced his lap time between FP1, FP2 and FP3 by more than 1 second and finished 24th with a lap time of 2: 34: 302.
After yesterday’s rain, the asphalt of Suzuka proved difficult today and the Indonesian riders took the top 3 places in today’s combined practice. While Andy Muhammad Fadly was fastest with 2: 28: 450, followed by Irfan Ardiansyah (2: 29: 382) and R. Chrisantho Ratukore (2: 29: 480) from Astra Honda.
With its combination of harassment and straights Suzuka is the most technical high-speed track of the championship. If the top 10 drive within 2 seconds today, tomorrow’s fight will undoubtedly be the toughest in the championship so far. Even a mistake will prove costly for the drivers and the battle will be even more intense. Seven self-bred wildcard entries lead to a total of 32 riders in Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taipei and India.
“Today the track was difficult on both wet and dry roads. The CBR250RR is a far superior bike and I can push a lot more. Unlike India, where only the top bunch is nearby, the fight takes place in each group. Compared to the start of the season, I now challenge myself to fight in the group and correct my previous mistakes. In Suzuka, I scraped 1.6 seconds between my training. Tomorrow I will fight back to finish in the top 15, “said Senthil Kumar.
Parallel to the ASB1000cc class, Malaysian Zaqhwan Zaidi of Honda Asia-Dream Racing was in full form with the SHOWA team. His best lap time of 2: 09: 874 put him in first place on the grid with 16 riders.

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