Becomes the next-iconic Indian rider to be selected for IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup 2022
Mumbai , 02 March 2022: Committed towards its goal of developing an iconic Indian rider for International racing championships, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) today announced that Kavin Quintal, 16-year-old lad from Chennai, has inched a step closer to international championships. The IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Hunt find and 2021 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup (NSF250R) champion, Kavin Quintal is all set to join the prestigious 2022 IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC).
Kavin Quintal was among the 6 young Indian riders from Honda Racing India who got shortlisted for 2022 season of IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup selection process. These included 15-year-old Sarthak Shrikant Chavan from Pune, 13-year-old Rakshith S Dave, 17-year-old Geoffrey & Shyam Babu and 18-year-old Varoon S. from Chennai.
Elaborating on this achievement by Indian rider, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President – Brand and Communications, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In 2018, we initiated the next-generation iconic Indian rider for the world. Since then, we have been aggressively tapping the new racing talent from every nook & corner of the country and nurturing them to become stronger riders. Kavin Quintal has already displayed his exemplary mettle in Honda India Talent cup by taking the championship this year. Riding on the Honda’s Moto3 race machine – NSF250R since 2019, Kavin is well versed with the machine. We are confident that boosted by the expert training by the former Grand Prix rider Tadayuki Okada, Kavin will display a stellar performance in his debut International race and will make India proud at world stage further inspiring young riders like him.”
2022 IDEMITSU Asia Talent Cup (IATC) rider grid of 20 riders
20 full-time riders are set to race in the 2022 season of IATC, hailing from seven countries across Asia and Oceania: Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
There are six returning riders in 2022: four riders from the class of 2020 and before and two from 2021. The remaining 14 new riders include Kavin Quintal from India and two riders who have made wildcard appearances at Mandalika International Street Circuit: Reykat Fadillah and Veda Pratama.
Kavin’s journey in the world of racing