Catch­ing up quick

The bat­tle for the cham­pi­onship heated up round 4 of the INMRC in Chen­nai

Evo India - - FEATURE REPORT - PHOTOGRAPHY by SRINI­VASA KR­ISH­NAN

THE PENUL­TI­MATE ROUND OF the MRF MMSC Na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing cham­pi­onship drew to a dra­matic end with TVS Rac­ing’s Ja­gan Ku­mar mak­ing up cru­cial points to cham­pi­onship leader Ra­jiv Sethu in the Su­per Sport up to 165cc class. More im­por­tantly though, Aish­warya Pis­say was crowned the na­tional cham­pion in the Girls stock up to 165cc class. Here is all the ac­tion from this round of the na­tional cham­pi­onship, held from Septem­ber 8 to Septem­ber 10 at the MMRT in Chen­nai:

Su­per Sport In­dian up to 165cc De­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­gan Ku­mar, came in to this week­end fifth in the rider’s cham­pi­onship. He put up a great lap in qual­i­fy­ing, tak­ing pole po­si­tion while Ra­jiv was at P2 and KY Ahmed of TVS Rac­ing com­pleted the first row. In the first race, Ja­gan pulled up a small, but suf­fi­cient lead to take the win. Ra­jiv fin­ished sec­ond and Kan­nan Subra­ma­niam of TVS Rac­ing fin­ished third.

Ja­gan started on pole for race 2 as well, and got off to a good start. Ra­jiv was hot on his tail, but a high­side ended his race and Ja­gan won com­fort­ably. TVS Rac­ing racked up a 1-2-3 fin­ish — cru­cial to their chances of win­ning the con­struc­tor’s cham­pi­onship this year. Head­ing in to the fi­nal round, Ja­gan trails Ra­jiv by a sin­gle point.

Pro Stock up to 165cc

Mean­while, in the Pro stock class, Soorya PM put up the best time fol­lowed by Aravind Balakr­ish­nan and Yashas RL in P3. How­ever Aravind B and Aravind Ganesh, both cham­pi­onship con­tenders crashed out of race 1.

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