Four Down, One Left

Fresh af­ter a short break post the third round, rac­ers en­ter the penul­ti­mate round in search of best re­sults

Bike India - - SPORT - RE­PORT: JOSHUA VARGHESE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SRINIVASA KRISHNAN

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.

RACE TWO

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

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