In­dian Mo­tor Sport (One-make Races)

The sec­ond round of the MRF In­dian Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship saw top rac­ers bat­tle it out at Chen­nai’s Sripe­rum­budur cir­cuit

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Fol­low­ing a rainy race week­end in Coim­bat­ore, the MRF MMSC In­dian Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship (INMRC) ar­rived in Chen­nai on the sec­ond week­end of July for some high-oc­tane rac­ing ac­tion. Although the weather threat­ened to play spoil­sport, a ma­jor part of the week­end had per­fect con­di­tions for rac­ing. The 3.7-km­long track at the MMRT was a hive of

ac­tiv­ity as rac­ers and their teams milled about, fine-tun­ing their ma­chines be­fore each ses­sion. Find a com­fort­able perch and set­tle down for a week­end’s worth of rac­ing ac­tiv­ity in the next cou­ple of pages.

SS 300-400 Class RACE ONE

The six-lap Su­per Sport 300-400 Class race was the sec­ond one on Satur­day.

After start­ing from the sec­ond po­si­tion on the grid, Amarnath Menon (Gusto Rac­ing Team) made quick work of fin­ish­ing the race in first place along with a best lap-time of 1:56.395. Hav­ing claimed the top spot at both races in the first round at Coim­bat­ore, he made it seem al­most too easy. The man who started at pole, Deepak Ravi (Moto Rev), had to set­tle for third place after he was over­taken by Vivek Pil­lai (Rock­ers Rac­ing).

RACE TWO

Sun­day morn­ing’s race saw the top three from the pre­vi­ous day pull away and cre­ate a seven-sec­ond gap be­tween them­selves and the rest of the pack. Soon the trio were en­gaged in bat­tle among them­selves at the end of which Amarnath Menon emerged vic­to­ri­ous yet again. Deepak Ravi bounced back and claimed the sec­ond step on the podium with a best lap-time of 1:57.449. Although he fought well, Vivek Pil­lai had to set­tle for third place.

Su­per Sport 165 Class RACE ONE

Honda Ten 10 Rac­ing’s Ra­jiv Sethu was the man to watch over the week­end. He started from pole, only to be passed by TVS Rac­ing’s Ja­gan K, but soon Ja­gan faced some tech­ni­cal is­sues which saw him fall back out of con­tention. Ra­jiv sped past and pulled away, open­ing up a com­fort­able three-sec­ond lead by the end of the six-lap race, set­ting the fastest lap in the process (1:58.851). He was fol­lowed by K Y Ahamed of TVS Rac­ing in sec­ond place and Prabhu Aruna­giri of R.A.C.R in third place. Ja­gan was able to nurse his bike to a sixth-place fin­ish.

RACE TWO

Sun­day’s race saw Ja­gan take the lead for TVS Rac­ing early on, only to crash out at Turn Four on the fifth lap. Ra­jiv took back the lead to cross the line four sec­onds ahead of his team-mate, Mathana Kumar, in sec­ond. Mathana and Prabhu Aruna­giri fought for sec­ond place for the du­ra­tion of the race, but in the end Prabhu had to set­tle for third place once again.

Pro-Stock Class RACE ONE

After rul­ing both the races in the pre­vi­ous round and start­ing from pole, Mithun Kumar of Honda Ten 10 Rac­ing lost mo­men­tum and fin­ished in sixth po­si­tion while his team-mate, B Aravind, took the top spot after a fierce bat­tle with Aravind Ganesh of Moto Rev and Naresh Babu of R.A.C.R., who fin­ished in sec­ond and third place re­spec­tively. The top three rid­ers were within less than half a sec­ond of each other. Yashas R L of Team Rock­ers Rac­ing and Anish Shetty of Honda Ten 10 Rac­ing were not to be taken lightly ei­ther. Although they fin­ished in fourth and fifth place re­spec­tively, they were barely a sec­ond off B Aravind’s time.

RACE TWO

The 165-cc Stock Class race was red­flagged due to sev­eral in­ci­dents, and restarted to com­plete the five-lap race. Sparks Rac­ing’s Peddu Sri Har­sha was able to fight off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to claim the top spot, closely fol­lowed by Speed Up Rac­ing’s Vysakh Sob­han. Anup Kumar of R.A.C.R. was able to keep the rest of the pack be­hind him to se­cure the last spot on the podium.

Stock Class

The 165-cc Stock Class race was red­flagged due to sev­eral in­ci­dents, and restarted to com­plete the five-lap race. Sparks Rac­ing’s Peddu Sri Har­sha was able to fight off stiff com­pe­ti­tion to claim the top spot, closely fol­lowed by Speed Up Rac­ing’s Vysakh Sob­han. Anup Kumar of R.A.C.R. was able to keep the rest of the pack be­hind him to se­cure the last spot on the podium.

Stock Class Ladies

The prac­tice and qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions for the ladies were held on Fri­day. After her thrilling win at Coim­bat­ore, Aish­warya Pis­say of Apex Rac­ing con­tin­ued to shine and claimed pole po­si­tion. How­ever, the next day Ry­hana Bee of Team Speed Up Rac­ing showed phe­nom­e­nal tal­ent on the track and out-rode her peers to cross the fin­ish line first, set­ting the fastest lap (2:15.217) of the race in the process. Ry­hana es­tab­lished a sig­nif­i­cant two-sec­ond lead at the front, leav­ing Aish­warya to bat­tle it out with Kalyani Potekar of TeamSpeed Up Rac­ing for sec­ond place. Kalyani won that bout and put her­self on the sec­ond step, leav­ing third place for Aish­warya.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SRINIVASA KR­ISH­NAN

Amarnath Menon won both races over the week­end

Ra­jiv leads from Ja­gan

Aravind won Satur­day’s Pro-Stock race

Mithun Kumar bounced back to win Sun­day’s ProS­tock Race

Ry­hana Bee on her way to vic­tory in the stock-class ladies race

Peddu Sri Har­sha dom­i­nated the Stock Class

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