Asia Road Racing Championship: Penalty pushes Senthil and Rajiv out of the top 15

BURIRAM: An involuntary overcoming of the track limit changed the fortune of five among 30 runners here on the last day of the last round of Asia Road. Careers Championship on Sunday.

Five penalty points were imposed on five runners for exceeding the track limits on turn 12 of the final tenth lap, which he saw Senthil Kumar and Rajiv Sethu , who finished 11th and 13th respectively, pushed back to 16th and 18th places.

Senthil and Rajiv got no points despite a double top-15 finish.

"I recorded my personal best lap time in the morning warm up (1:55:688) which gave me a lot of confidence before the final race. Despite a bad start in the afternoon race, I gained 11 positions over my 22nd start to finish 11th - which was my best ever finish till date. But the penalty for exceeding track limit cost me 5 positions. Despite the setback there are two positive gains for me. For the first time my gap with lead rider was just 1.693 seconds and I also bettered my personal best lap time to 1.54 seconds (1:54:323)," Senthil said after the race.

While Mohd Muzakkir, who led the race, was pushed to sixth place, Astra's Honda Lucky Hendiransya won seventh.

Starting 16th, Rajiv got a good start and grabbed the 10th spot at the end of lap 1. The Chennai rider couldn't maintain his speed and slipped to 16th place in lap 3.