Four Down, One Left
Fresh after a short break post the third round, racers enter the penultimate round in search of best results
IN ADDITION TO PROMOTING INDIAN motorcycle racing, Honda Racing also support talented young racers to pursue their dream in the international arena. Speaking of talented youngsters, all eyes will be on the duo from Honda Ten10 Racing team, Rajiv S and Hari Krishnan R. These two always put up a thrilling show with their precise and consistent riding. Let’s see who ends up on lady luck’s good side over this weekend. Experienced riders race in the Open Class astride the ballistic, race-tuned CBR 250R steeds while novice riders will have to prove their mettle on the CBR 150R motorcycles.
Open Class RACE ONE
The race had all the signs of being an absolute firecracker right from the start. As the race progressed one pack of riders broke off from the remainder. These four riders were constantly on each other’s rear wheel, occasionally swapping places with high-speed manoeuvres. They were Hari Krishnan R, Rajiv S, B Aravind, and Amit Richard Topno; the first three from Honda Ten10 Racing, Chennai, and Amit from Ranchi. All of them finished the race within a second of each other. Hari and Rajiv crossed the line in first and second positions respectively. Aravind set the best lap of the race (1:09.891) and denied Amit the last spot on the podium, finishing a hair’s breadth ahead of him to claim third place.
The close rivalry in the first race gave rise to greater excitement in the final. However, only the top two riders were fighting for first place. Team-mates Hari and Rajiv went around lap after lap as if they were on rails, each waiting for the other to make a mistake. At the end of the 14-lap race, although Rajiv set the best lap (1:09.513), Hari emerged the winner, finishing less than one-tenth of a second ahead of him. Close to three seconds behind the race leaders, Amit crossed the line to take his place on the last step of the podium.
Hari was an example of perfection