Krishnan satisfied with personal improvement after fruitful ARRC season
Hari Krishnan feels that he improved his skills during the 2016 Asia Road Racing Championship despite having the disappointment of missing on a Top 10 result.
The Chennai-born rider finished 11th overall in the Asia Dream Cup standings at the end of the 2016 season, losing out to 10th place Md Harith Farhan by 10 points.
"For sure I am a bit disappointed to have not finished within the Top 10 in championship standings," he told Motorsport.com.
"I was close to win both the races at last round of ARRC [at Buriram], but few mistakes meant I had to be content with points finishes [in the end].
"Anyways, it's all part of learning, I made a note of all my mistakes and I am sure that I won't make it again [in the future races]."
Despite the dissatisfaction, the Honda Ten10 Racing academy rider was upbeat about his performances, especially having taken two podium finishes in the season.
"Overall, 2016 was a good season in my racing career in terms of learning new skills and techniques," he explained.
"Speaking from results point of view, Round 1 in Malaysia was a completely a disaster, but I came back stronger in Round 2 at Buriram and performed well until the end of the season.
"Finishing regularly inside the Top 8 including two podiums and staying with the lead group apart from few races motivated me to keep moving forward all-through."
Better racer after 2016 season
When asked on where he made inroads since the 2015 season, Krishnan pointed out three areas where he improved overall.
"Apart from my riding skills, I think I improved on my level of aggression as well as confidence and learnt how to strategise in the races," he said.
"These all played a major role for me to stay with the lead bunch and score podiums. But there is never an end to learning techniques in racing.
"Each and every race, we can learn new things and so I don't think I am a complete racer right now but with the international exposure, I feel I am a better racer than who I used to be.
"This will [certainly] keep on growing as I compete more internationally, which surely helped me to develop as a racer already this season," he added, thanking HMSI and Ten10 Racing for the support.
Rating the podium finishes as his finest moments of 2016, Krishnan said he was frustrated with the lost opportunities, especially in the season finale.
Putting it behind, the Indian rider is now focusing on his future and with ADC category no longer continuing, Krishnan will most certainly switch to a different class.
"We are working on something. However, it's too early to say [now], but for sure the effort is to continue with my international stint," he said.
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