Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, In­ter­na­tional Flavour

The Gixxer Cup com­peti­tors had in­ter­na­tional com­pany for the fi­nal round at BIC

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The gixxer Cup Rac­ers had enough to deal with. new weather con­di­tions, a new track and, for the fi­nal round, they also found them­selves face to face with the rid­ers of the fédéra­tion in­ter­na­tionale de Mo­to­cy­clisme (fiM) asian Cup of road rac­ing (aCrr). the fiM aCrr rid­ers were in in­dia for the third round of their cham­pi­onship. al­though all par­tic­i­pants started on the same grid astride equally-matched Suzuki gixxer mo­tor­cy­cles, the re­sults were an­nounced sep­a­rately for the gixxer Cup and the aCrr.

the fiM aCrr com­prises young rid­ers from dif­fer­ent asian coun­tries like Ja­pan, thailand, Sri lanka, philip­pines, nepal, tai­wan, and in­dia. rep­re­sent­ing in­dia were Sai rahil pil­larisetty and is­rael Van­lalhru­aizela in in­dia-a, and lal nun­sanga and ry­hana bee in in­dia-b. fol­low­ing the first two rounds in thailand and tai­wan, in­dia-a were

fourth in the cham­pi­onship, right be­hind the teams rep­re­sent­ing the philip­pines and thailand.

RACE ONE

Dan Carlo al­varado (philip­pines) started on pole with a time of 2:54.276 in qual­i­fy­ing. right be­hind him were pil­larisetty, and Mei Saku­rai (Ja­pan). the six-lap race that en­sued saw gixxer Cup and aCCr rid­ers fight for their re­spec­tive competitions. as the race pro­gressed, things were look­ing great for the lo­cal boys as they slowly be­gan to pull away from the other rid­ers. pil­larisetty rode a bril­liant race and fin­ished first; al­most 30 sec­onds ahead of Van­lalhru­aizela. lal nun­sanga claimed third place, mak­ing it an allindian podium.

RACE TWO

the sec­ond race was full of tense mo­ments as ev­ery­one seemed to have picked up the pace. Con­sis­tent per­for­mances by most of the rac­ers en­sured that pil­larisetty did not run away at the front. for most of the race he was hounded by the Ja­panese duo of Miu naka­hara and Mei Saku­rai. al­though the lat­ter fell be­hind by the end of six laps, naka­hara was only less than two-tenths of a sec­ond be­hind the race win­ner, pil­larisetty. Saku­rai de­fended his po­si­tion and claimed third place leav­ing Van­lalhru­aizela to set­tle for fourth.

it was great to see team in­dia-a hold their ground and claim top spots in both races on home turf.

Pil­larisetty (32) was un­stop­pable in both races

Af­ter a nail­bit­ing bat­tle, Naka­hara (39) had to set­tle for sec­ond place

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