Honda Racing India’s Rakshith Dave to represent India at the IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup 2024 season
Gurugram: Dedicated to its mission of cultivating and nurturing a future Indian racing sensation for the global stage, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India today announced that Rakshith Srihari Dave, a 15-year-old from Chennai, has taken a significant stride towards global racing and is all set to join the prestigious IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup 2024.
The selection event unfolded at the iconic Sepang Circuit in Malaysia where a group of 89 riders embarked on the journey to earn their spot in this challenging competition. Out of them, only 41 riders demonstrated remarkable skills, determination, and promise that took them to the final stage of the competition. In a testament to his incredible talent and commitment to the world of motorcycle racing, Rakshith Dave earned his spot in the IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup 2024 along with 10 other riders from different Asia-Oceana Countries.
Elaborating on this achievement by Indian rider, Mr. Yogesh Mathur, Director, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India said,” This is another proud moment for Honda Racing India to have Rakshith Dave as one of the contenders in the 2024 IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup. Since 2019, three riders from Honda Racing India have achieve this recognition, and now Rakshith has made it possible through his strong zeal. This development is a testimony of our commitment to nurture and develop the next generation of iconic Indian riders for the world. For Honda, motorsports is the expression of our passion and it is our resolve to stamp India’s name in global motorsports by building an excellent team of riders. We are elated that young Indian rider is making the transformation happen. Rakshith has already proved his passion for motorsports in the Honda India Talent Cup, and we are confident that he shall deliver his best and set new records at the international platform under the guidance of Honda’s experienced trainers.”
2024 IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC) rider grid of 20 riders
20 full-time riders are set to race in the 2024 season of IATC, hailing from ten countries: Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Rakshith’s journey in the world of racing
Rakshith Dave was identified first at Idemitsu Honda India Talent Hunt program in 2018 at very young age & trained under Honda Racing Academy. He started his professional racing career in 2019 in CBR150R category and secured Second Runner-up & First runner up in 2020 & 2021 respectively. He was upgraded to NSF 250R category for 2022 Season. This year too he has won First Runner up position in Honda NSF250R category.
Quote by Rakshith Dave, IDEMITSU Honda Racing India rider said, “This has always been my dream, and I am excited that it has come true. I thank Honda Racing India for giving me this opportunity to represent our Indian team on the global platform. It will be a great platform as it will bring new experiences and learning to my career in motorsports. At this point, I am focusing on enhancing my skills along with our trainers. Now, I will be working on my techniques, understanding the NSF250R machine better, and testing all its capabilities to achieve better results in each round. As the solo Indian rider, I will give my best to bring laurels to our team and country.”
Start N. Rider name Nationality Age Birth date Cm Kg
76 MUHAMMAD KIANDRA RAMADHIPA INA Male 04-Dec-09 155 42
78 Tanachat Pratumtong THA Male 19-Jul-10 163 55
81 KIATTISAK SINGHAPONG THA Male 05-Sep-05 167 60
89 RAKSHITH SRIHARI DAVE IND Male 08-Aug-08 169 48
94 ALFONSI REI DAQUIGAN PHL Male 02-Oct-09 168 44
102 SHAO-EN HSIEH TPE Male 08-Oct-08 172 48
116 RIKKI MARK HENRY AUS Male 27-Jan-09 151.5 38
120 ARCHIE JAMES SCHMIDT AUS Male 13-Jun-09 145 35
131 RINTARO TAKEMOTO JPN Male 24-Jun-08 171 58
136 ASYRAFF ZAQUAN MAL Male 15-Aug-08 157 37
70 MUHAMMAD RAMA PUTRA SEPTIAWAN INA Male 24-May-08 168 47
80 KITSADA TANACHOT THA Male 11-Jul-08 170 59
84 CHIRANTH VISHWANATH IND Male 21-Feb-07 169 56
96 NGUYEN TON ANH PHU VNM Male 27-Feb-04 165 55
99 XUHAO ZHANG CHN Male 05-Dec-07 177 54.5
123 HUDSON THOMPSON AUS Male 11-Jun-09 167 50
129 SHINGO IIDAKA JPN Male 22-Dec-09 158 49
130 DAIJIRO HARIO JPN Male 13-Feb-08 165 49
133 HINATA OKADA JPN Male 21-Aug-07 160 55
134 TESSHIN TOYODA JPN Male 30-Mar-07 171 58