Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty have a dismal qualifying round
In a disappointing finish for Honda Racing, Indian riders Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty finished outside points following a dismal qualifying round in Race 1 of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) at the Suzuka circuit here on Saturday.
Making a comeback after a wrist injury, sustained during practice round in Australia, 20-year-old Rajiv finished 25th in the first race of Round 3 after qualifying 31st early in the Asia Production 250CC class.
Rookie Anish, who had snapped his first points of the season in the Australia leg, ended in 24th place after starting the competition at the 30th spot here. With seven wild card entries, it turned out to be a tough competition at Suzuka track.
Anish had a slight blip during lap 4, while Rajiv had to deal with problems in front brake and it seemed to have affected their performance. The 24-year-old clocked a best lap time of 2:33.746 with a top speed of 136kmph.
Rajiv, 20, couldn’t make the most of the three free practices as he had suffered a crash in the first practice. However, he managed to gain six positions to finish in top 25 with his best lap time of 2:34:246.
Honda India team’s third rider, 19-year old Japanese Taiga Hada, who competed in SS600, closed in the top 12 of 24 riders, for four points.