Gixxer Races Get Into the Groove

It’s the third round of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and the com­pe­ti­tion is heat­ing up. Here is how the rid­ers faired dur­ing the race week­end at Sripe­rum­budur


THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF the pre­vi­ous two rounds and a deeper fa­mil­iar­ity with the Suzuki Gixxer SF race bikes has re­sulted into some ex­hil­a­rat­ing com­pe­ti­tion and tight fin­ishes in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup’s Novice and Open cham­pi­onships. On a char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally hot day at the Madras Mo­tor Race Track (MMRT), the rid­ers took to the tar­mac for two races in the Open cat­e­gory and three races in the Novice cat­e­gory in their at­tempt to win their re­spec­tive cham­pi­onships.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup: Open

Meka Vid­hu­raj came out on top in both races, but don’t let the back-to-back vic­to­ries fool you. He had to fight and scrap at ev­ery step along the way, par­tic­u­larly in race two where he fin­ished just 0.015 sec­onds in front of Vi­vian Gladwin, who was tailed all the way to the fin­ish-line by Ra­jnikanth B, who even­tu­ally fin­ished just 0.167 sec­onds be­hind Gladwin. The front pack had left the re­main­der of the 20 com­peti­tors in their wake; no mean feat con­sid­er­ing the one-make struc­ture of the race meant their ma­chines were es­sen­tially iden­ti­cal.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup: Novice

As the name sug­gests, the Novice cat­e­gory of the Gixxer Cup fea­tures the newer, younger and less ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers who are still de­vel­op­ing their skills out on the track. They more than made up for their lack of ex­pe­ri­ence with ex­u­ber­ance, vigour and per­se­ver­ance when it came to race time. Joseph Mathew and Antony Peter were at their im­per­vi­ous best, clinch­ing the first and sec­ond spots re­spec­tively on all of three of the four-lap races. Clin­ton Cordeiro, Amarnath Ra­jan, and Alan Fer­nando all took a soli­tary sec­ond run­ner’s-up spot each in the three races re­spec­tively.

Meka Vid­hu­raj (24), win­ner of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Open cat­e­gory

Ra­jnikanth B (sec­ond place), Meka Vid­hu­raj (win­ner), and Prabhu V (third place)

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