In­dian mo­tor sport

Gixxer Cup rac­ers land at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (BIC) for the fi­nal round


Af­ter lay­ing rub­ber on Kari Mo­tor Speed­way, Coim­bat­ore, for the past three rounds, it was time for the gixxer Cup folk to head to biC for the show­down. go­ing into the fi­nal round, Joseph Matthew was at the top of the ta­ble with 56 points. next in line was Mal­sawm­dawngliana with 39 points pos­ing no se­ri­ous threat to the leader. al­though Joseph was lead­ing by a huge mar­gin, the oth­ers did not slacken the pace.


Joseph clinched pole po­si­tion beat­ing Sachin Chaud­hary’s best at­tempt by less than half a sec­ond. When the lights went out, the lead­ing men took off, leav­ing the rest of the grid flum­moxed. as the race pro­gressed it was clear that Joseph and Sachin had only each other to worry about. through­out the race, the duo swapped po­si­tions, locked in a close fight, but vic­tory awaited Sachin. Joseph crossed the line a mere three-tenths of a sec­ond be­hind him for sec­ond place. al­most 15 sec­onds be­hind the duo, San­jeev Mha­tre was the last man on the podium. Joseph set the fastest lap of the race at 2:53.362.


the next day, rid­ers re­turned to the track for the fi­nal race of the gixxer Cup. Sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous race, a pack of rid­ers man­aged to sep­a­rate them­selves from the rest of the com­peti­tors by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin. Sachin ap­peared to be at his ab­so­lute best as he fought with Joseph and San­jeev. in the later half of the race, Joseph crashed due to an er­ror. al­though he picked up the mo­tor­cy­cle and re­joined the race, Sachin and San­jeev were long gone. at the end of the six-lap race, Sachin crossed the line first with a com­fort­able three-sec­ond lead over San­jeev. lal­maw­ipuia fin­ished in a lonely third place.

When the points were tal­lied pos­trace, Joseph was of­fi­cially de­clared the cham­pion of the 2017 gixxer Cup with a 15-point lead over first run­ner-up, Sachin.

Joseph with his tro­phy

Sachin (03) was at his best for both races

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