Yamaha Re­turn!

Af­ter a two-year ab­sence from the rac­ing scene, Yamaha have fi­nally made their pres­ence felt


The last tIme we saw Yamaha at the track with a grid full of bikes for a one make race Cham­pi­onship was in 2015. they were ab­sent for the 2016 sea­son, and with the 2017 sea­son com­ing to an end, the Ja­panese com­pany de­cided to make its pres­ence felt in the very last round of the race sea­son, held over the last week­end of septem­ber, by or­gan­is­ing a mini cham­pi­onship with just two races. hope­fully, this is an in­di­ca­tion that Yamaha will be back in full form from the next sea­son. But for now, our race re­port.


satur­day’s six-lap race saw hy­der­abad’s sai rahil Pil­lar­ishetty and Coim­bat­ore’s nithish Ku­mar pull away from the rest of the pack as they traded the lead try­ing to best each other. at the fin­ish line it was rahil who took the che­quered flag by barely half a sec­ond, with nithish com­ing in sec­ond. Chen­nai’s aswin Ku­mar fin­ished in third place, just ahead of Bengaluru’s aditya rao Im­ma­neni.


rain threat­ened to cease rac­ing on sun­day, but with the race of­fi­cials dry­ing out the 2.1-kilo­me­tre club cir­cuit, rac­ing con­tin­ued on this shorter loop. with the bat­tle lines drawn the pre­vi­ous day, RE­PORT: ANOSH KHUM­BATTA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SRINI­VASA KR­ISH­NAN nithish Ku­mar knew ex­actly what he had to do, and man­aged to set the fastest lap of the race on his way to vic­tory. this time is was rahil who fin­ished in sec­ond place, with ak­shay V m tak­ing the last spot on the podium. aditya rao Im­ma­neni was the model of con­sis­tency, fin­ish­ing in fourth place once again.

nithish and rahil, hav­ing earned one first place and one sec­ond place each, were tied with 43 points in the cham­pi­onship. how­ever, since the rules state that in case of a tie the win will go to the rider with the bet­ter po­si­tion in the last race, it was nithish who was awarded the cov­eted cham­pi­onship tro­phy, while rahil had to set­tle for sec­ond place. aditya’s two fourth-place fin­ishes saw him earn 24 points and third place in the cham­pi­onship.

with the sea­son at its end, we do hope that Yamaha get back in the rac­ing groove and re­turn for a full race sea­son in 2018.

Rahil lead­ing the pack on his way to vic­tory on Satur­day

A vic­tory on Sun­day earned Nithish the cham­pi­onship tro­phy

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