Gun­ning for Glory

The young Novice Class rid­ers head back to Chen­nai for an­other week­end of rac­ing

Bike India - - TVS ONE MAKE CHAMPIONSHIP - RE­PORT: ANOSH KHUM­BATTA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: MURALI RAMA KRISHNAN

The ThIRd Round oF The TVS one Make Cham­pi­onship (novice Class) was held at Chen­nai’s MMRT cir­cuit along­side the third round of the MRF FMSCI In­dian na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship over the first week­end of Au­gust. A dozen young rac­ers took part, fighting for the cham­pi­onship and a place to race with the big boys in the na­tion­als next year, rid­ing race-prepped TVS Apache RTR 200 4V mo­tor­cy­cles around the 3.7-kilome­tre-long cir­cuit. here is what went down.

Race One

Satur­day’s race saw hy­der­abad’s Karthik Mateti dom­i­nate for the en­tire six laps, set­ting the best lap of the race (2:15.531) and cross­ing the fin­ish-line with a five-sec­ond lead. Chen­nai duo Anand R and Suhail Ahamed spent the du­ra­tion of the race joust­ing for po­si­tion and fighting for sec­ond place. In the end, it was Anand who se­cured the sec­ond spot, barely a 10th of a sec­ond ahead of Suhail, with the rest of the field over 10 sec­onds be­hind.

Race Two

Sun­day was once again Karthik’s day, but this time he had to fight for the vic­tory with Anand, who just didn’t let him pull away. Karthik dug deep to bet­ter his best lap from the pre­vi­ous day with a time of 2:14.877 and crossed the line less than two-tenths of a sec­ond ahead of Anand. The lead pair were in a class of their own, for it took an­other nine sec­onds for third-place fin­isher Venkate­san to cross the fin­ish-line.

RIGHT: Venkatasan (4) and He­mant Ku­mar (9) bat­tling for third place on Sun­day

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