Ra­jiv Tri­umphs in 2017

Our cov­er­age of the fi­nal round of this year’s Honda One Make Race Cham­pi­onship

Bike India - - SPORT HONDA ONE MAKE RACE CHAMPIONSHIP - RE­PORT: ANOSH KHUM­BATTA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SRINI­VASA KR­ISH­NAN

The FIFth anD FI­nal roUnD oF the honda one make race Cham­pi­onship was held in Chen­nai across two week­ends, with the open Class races be­ing held along­side the asia road rac­ing Cham­pi­onship from the 15th to the 17th of septem­ber, while the novice Class races were sched­uled for the next week­end. Un­for­tu­nately, heavy rain on the morn­ing of the 24th saw the sec­ond novice Class race be­ing can­celled, so we only had one race in this class. on to the races.

Open Class RACE ONE

the first CBr250r race of the week­end saw cham­pi­onship leader, honda ten10 rac­ing’s ra­jiv sethu, slip into fifth place, while Chen­nai’s Deepak raviku­mar rode a flaw­less race. he set the best lap (2:01.327) on the very last lap and claimed vic­tory. anish shetty of hubli, rid­ing for the ten10 rac­ing academy, had to bat­tle hard with honda ten10 rac­ing’s hari Kr­ish­nan and ranchi’s amit richard topno, but was able to se­cure the sec­ond spot on the podium, while Chen­nai’s hari man­aged to fin­ish third, less than two-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of amit at the line. although he fin­ished in fifth place, ra­jiv has been rid­ing very con­sis­tently through­out the year and the 10 points he earned from this race give him a grand to­tal of 179 points. this puts him 26 points ahead of hari, seal­ing the cham­pi­onship with one race yet to be run.

RACE TWO

hav­ing al­ready clinched the honda one make open Class Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, ra­jiv sethu de­cided to sit the sec­ond race of the week­end out. we did get to wit­ness a 10-lap bat­tle for the top spot be­tween amit richard topno, hari Kr­is­hanan, and Deepak raviku­mar as the three traded places through­out as they all tried for the win. at the fin­ish line it was ex­tremely close with amit tak­ing the top spot, closely fol­lowed by hari and Deepak for sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively. although the cham­pi­onship had al­ready been de­cided in the last race, this did not stop these three rac­ers from fight­ing tooth and nail for the vic­tory, and less than half a sec­ond sep­a­rated them at the fin­ish.

the fi­nal stand­ings for the open Class of the 2017 honda one make race Cham­pi­onship are ra­jiv sethu in first place with 179 points, hari Kr­ish­nan in sec­ond place with 163 points and anish shetty in third with 116 points. Novice Class with the CBr150r novice Class Cham­pi­onship hang­ing in the bal­ance, we wit­nessed quite a bat­tle on satur­day among cham­pi­onship leader satya narayana raju from hy­der­abad, Chen­nai’s amala Jer­ald, and Ker­ala’s Vysakh sob­han. the race was too close to call right down to the fin­ish line, with amala cross­ing first, just ahead of Vysakh. hav­ing won five out of nine races so far this year, satya al­ready had quite a fine lead in the cham­pi­onship stand­ings. he fin­ished the race in third place, and earned 15 points to stretch out his tally to 177 and clinch the cham­pi­onship, 26 points ahead of amala’s 151 points. Vysakh wrapped up the cham­pi­onship with 101 points, earn­ing third place in the stand­ings.

with the top three po­si­tions in the novice Class of the 2017 honda one make race Cham­pi­onship al­ready de­cided and rain de­lay­ing pro­ceed­ings the next day, the last race of the sea­son was scrapped as the fi­nal stand­ings would not have changed no mat­ter what the re­sult. we now look for­ward to the 2018 rac­ing sea­son.

Amala Jer­ald (7) on his way to vic­tory ahead of Vysakh Sob­han (10) and Senthil Ku­mar (11)

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