Rajiv and Anish finish in top 25

Japan’s Taiga Hada secured five crucial points in the second race as Honda India Racing team returned with a total of nine points from third round of the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) here on Sunday.

Still learning the ropes as part of the debutant racing team, Indian riders Rajiv Sethu and Anish Shetty tried their best to overcome the challenges of the difficult Suzuka track and finished at the 24th and 25th positions respectively in the Asia Production 250 category.

In the first race on Saturday, Rajiv and Anish had signed off at the 25th and 24th place after qualifying at the 31st and 30th spots.

The 19-year-old Taiga, who had snapped four points on Saturday after finishing at the 12th spot following a 15th place start, signed off at an improved 11th position in the Supersport 600 category.

Rajiv, 20, who is coming back from a wrist injury, lost pace after coming in contact with another rider in lap 4, while 24-year-old Anish wasn’t consistent in his approach in the corners and couldn’t force his way ahead.

With seven wild card entries in the Asia Production 250cc class, it turned out to be a tough competition for the Indians but expectations would be high when action shifts to India at MMRT, Chennai from August 3 to 5.