Mohammed Mikail, a 14-year-old from Chennai, will become one of the youngest racers from India to take part in an international competition when he lines for the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India team in the Thai Talent Cup later this year.
Mikail will be joined by 18-year-old Kritik Habib from Gadag, Karnataka. Both were selected by Honda through its talent hunt programmes conducted across 21 cities.
In the FIM Asia Road Racing championship, Rajiv Sethu will continue for the third year in the Asia Production 250cc class and will be joined by 18-year-old Senthil Kumar from Coimbatore, who will make his debut in the series, according to Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, Pvt Ltd here on Friday. Mikail, who has been riding bikes on track since the age of 10, made headlines winning the IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup CBR 150 last year. While it will be the first full-fledged championship on the international stage, Mikail has done two pocket bike races in Malaysia.
Speaking about the challenge, Mikail said, “I haven’t set many targets. My first aim is to go learn. But I am very excited to go and take part in the Thai Talent Cup.”
Prabhu Nagaraj, vice president – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “With two of India’s most promising riders representing the IDEMITSU Honda Racing India at Asia level, we are aiming that our boys climb the top group.