Honda powered Indian racer Hari Krishnan romped home to his first-ever rostrum at an International championship race, taking second place in the second race of the Asia Dream Cup at the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. A flawless ride from start-to-finish saw the 22-year old from Chennai clinch the long awaited podium and provided ample proof of his talent and riding skills with his aggressive racing and smooth style.
Hari Krishnan is a graduate of Honda’s Ten10 Racing academy and was selected by Honda to represent India on the basis of his consistent and remarkable performances in the Honda One Make Race Championship. He became the second Indian rider to manage a podium finish in the Asia Dream Cup after S Sarath Kumar who had also finished second in Qatar during the 2014 season.
Hari Krishnan celebrated his second-place finish (clocking 16’52.792s) by bringing the Indian flag with him to the podium. This sent the Indian diaspora present at the Chang International Circuit into a rapturous delight, having witnessed history been made in front of their eyes. Despite having finished the Race 1 in 11th position; Hari Krishnan is currently placed seventh in the overall Championship Standings with 32 points in his kitty.
The Asia Dream Cup is a part of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship. It is an intense 6 round motorcycle racing championship that is conducted by Honda and aimed at developing motorsport and riders across Asia and Australia. The riders represent the best racers from their respective countries, who have been picked, trained and sponsored by Honda to participate in the championship and try to land a Moto3 ride. 18 racers from 10 countries across Asia (Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka and India) raced on specially modified CBR 250Rs at Asia’s best race tracks.
Notable graduates from the Honda Asia Dream Cup championship include former champions Hiroki Ono and Khairul Idham Pawi who are currently making waves in the Moto3 championship. Khairul Idham Pawi became the first Malaysian rider to win a Moto3 race, winning in Argentina in mixed conditions with a record lead. Both riders were also competitive at the Italian GP at Mugello last Sunday, challenging for the lead and also leading the GP on multiple occasions. This is a testament to the quality of the Asia Dream Cup that Hari Krishnan is trying to win.
This year, the Buddh International Circuit will host the Round 5 of the event from September 29-October 02, 2016.