India’s Sarath Kumar will make his debut in the Super Sports 600cc class of the 2016 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this weekend.
The 24-year-old Chennai-based rider, who has competed in the Asia Dream Cup in the past, will join the ARRC in the second round to be held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, on May 8-9 after missing the first round in Johor, Malaysia, in April due to a knee injury, according to a press release from the rider’s management team.
Kumar’s teammates at Team T Pro Yuzy Honda NTS Racing are Japanese riders Tomoyoshi Koyama and Taiga Hada.
“This is a big opportunity. I have been riding 250cc for long now, but my body weight and height were becoming a disadvantage. Hence, this was the only move I could make and thanks to my team Honda, Mr John Sudheer, Ten10 Racing and WOW Digit, this opportunity has come at the right time,” Kumar was quoted as saying in the press release.
A few other Indian riders are competing in other championships supporting the ARRC.
The 2016 ARRC Calendar:
Round 1 – Johor Circuit, Malaysia, April 1-2 (completed);
Round 2 – Chang International Circuit, Thailand, May 7-8;
Round 3 – Suzuka Circuit, Japan, June 4-5;
Round 4 – Sentul Circuit, Indonesia, August 6-7;
Round 5 – Buddh International Circuit, India, October 1-2;
Round 6 – Chang International Circuit, Thailand, December 3-4.