With the knee injury that he suffered recently during training acting up, India’s Sarath Kumar was forced to sit out the second of the Asian Road Racing Championship here this weekend after participating in the three Free Practice sessions of the SuperSports 600cc class .
“It was most unfortunate that my debut in the 600cc class was a non-starter. I was in severe pain after participating in the three Free Practice sessionsfollowing which we decided to skip the rest of the weekend rather than risk aggravating the injury.
“Hopefully, I will be fit and ready for the third round at Suzuka in Japan next month ( ),” said the 23-year old Sarath Kumar who is supported by WOW Digit-Hong Kong, Honda Motorcycles and Scooters, India, Honda Motors, Japan and Ten10 Racing.
Ramji Govindarajan, Managing Director, Ten10 Racing, said: “As we all know, Sarath is still recovering from his knee injury and FP3 (Free Practice-3) took a toll on his knee and he was in pain. So the team decided to run him only for five laps.
“The grid a tough one, but we as a team and manager are not putting any pressure on him to perform. We want him to recover and learn the nuances of riding a 600cc motorcycle step by step.
“Sarath has been working hard on it despite being in pain and is not able to ride through left corner or right to left quick transition turns. We are hoping that he would have fully recovered from the injury for the next round in Japan.”