Hat-trick for Mikail

The third round of the Honda CBR 150R One Make Cham­pi­onship was dom­i­nated by one young­ster, Mo­hamed Mikail, as he posted a three-for-three vic­tory

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Afleet of race-spec Honda cBr 150rs were lined up in­side the Honda pits on race day. the mo­tor­cy­cles looked stun­ning in the new Idemitsu Honda In­dia tal­ent cup liv­ery and were all set for two days of rac­ing ac­tion. this time, the open class were not part of the ac­tion be­cause they had al­ready com­pleted the third round dur­ing the asia road rac­ing cham­pi­onship (arrc) week­end. all eyes were on the young­sters in the novice cat­e­gory who had three races over two days to show­case their best per­for­mance.

NOVICE CLASS

Race One

mo­hamed mikail (chen­nai) showed great prom­ise by qual­i­fy­ing on pole po­si­tion for the first race on Satur­day. The young­ster from chen­nai posted a time of 2:08.584. Less than a sec­ond be­hind him were Kar­tik Vas­ant Habib (Kar­nataka) and ak­shay Vm (Ker­ala) in sec­ond and third places re­spec­tively.

mo­hamed was quick off the line and took off to a great start. By the third lap, he had set­tled into a good rhythm and was pulling off con­sis­tent lap times. early in the race, it was ev­i­dent that the podium fight was go­ing to be among Mo­hamed, Kar­tik, and ak­shay. By the end of the six-lap race, mo­hamed rushed to a com­fort­able vic­tory; with a 10-sec­ond lead over sec­ond-placed Kar­tik. ak­shay was un­able to race at the pace of his ri­vals and slipped down to the bot­tom of the ta­ble. Anandhu KK (Chen­nai) oc­cu­pied the fi­nal spot on the podium.

the fastest lap of the week­end was set by mo­hamed at 2:07.435.

Race Two

start­ing from the front of the pack once again, mo­hamed took off with his podi­um­mates from the pre­vi­ous race hound­ing him. The young­ster seemed confident and con­tin­ued his splen­did form, leav­ing his ri­vals to play catch-up. spec­ta­tors may have be­lieved that they were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing déjà vu, be­cause the lead­ers from the pre­vi­ous race crossed the fin­ish-line in the same order. How­ever, some drama awaited them when the re­sults were an­nounced. With a pro­nounced 10-sec­ond lead, mo­hamed was the clear win­ner. Kar­tik lost sec­ond place to anandhu be­cause the former was awarded a 15-sec­ond penalty for a false start. How­ever, Kar­tik did man­age to se­cure a re­spectable third place.

Race Three

The fi­nal race for the novice class was held on Sun­day. All eyes were on Mo­hamed, wait­ing to see if he could rack up a three-for-three vic­tory and fin­ish the week­end on a high note. mo­hamed seemed un­fazed by the pres­sure of achiev­ing a hat-trick. His calm de­meanour was re­flected in his rid­ing as well and he zoomed away to a win, much to the joy of his sup­port­ers. sec­ond and third places were claimed by anandhu and cha­ran t (chen­nai) re­spec­tively.

at the end of the race week­end, mo­hamed show­cased ex­em­plary skill. the young­ster shows re­mark­able prom­ise and could bring home hon­ours if given proper train­ing and ex­po­sure. By pro­vid­ing a plat­form like the Idemitsu Honda In­dia tal­ent cup, Honda have done a com­mend­able job of pro­mot­ing mo­tor sport in the coun­try and bring­ing tal­ent like mo­hamed to the fore.

Mikail was way ahead of com­pe­ti­tion

A cou­ple of penal­ties de­nied Kar­tik the out­comes he was look­ing for­ward to

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