Despite scoring a double whammy top 15 finish by both the Indian riders of IDEMITSU Honda Racing India, the solo Indian racing team in the AP250 (Asia Production 250cc) class of Asia Road Racing Championship 2019 (ARRC) faced a tough Sunday at Chang circuit.
Starting 16th, Rajiv’s good start took him to 10th spot ending lap 1. Lap 3 erased his gains, pulling him back to 16th. Thereon, Rajiv made a fantastic recovery to 15th by lap 4, 13th by lap 5 and climbed up to 11th position by lap 6 when Top 12 riders were fighting in a 1.8 second gap. By lap 8, Rajiv overtook 2 riders to enter into top 10. A wide cornering in turn 12 of final 10th lap saw Rajiv finish 13th in race 2, only to bear the brunt of 5 positions penalty which put him 18th on the official race2 result.