Small Wheels, Big Chal­lenge

Scoot­ers put their off-road abil­ity on dis­play

Bike India - - IDEMITSU HONDA INDIA TALENT CUP 2018 - STORY: ANOSH KHUM­BATTA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: SPORTSCRAFT

This year’s JK Tyre Mon­soon scooter rally saw 34 par­tic­i­pants across five classes de­scend upon sarul, a vil­lage out­side Nashik, to take their scoot­ers into bat­tle over some ex­tremely chal­leng­ing ter­rain. Muck, slush, and rocks hid­den within pools of stand­ing wa­ter stood in their way as they nav­i­gated three laps of the chal­leng­ing five-kilome­tre course.

Or­ga­nized by sportscraft and pow­ered by TVs rac­ing, the an­nual rally at­tracts hope­ful scooter rac­ers from afar and this year the event saw en­tries from Mum­bai, Pune, Nashik, raigad, Bhopal, and Pan­vel ar­rive at the rain-soaked venue to put man and ma­chine to the test. The event was sched­uled to take place near Mum­bai, but an un­ex­pected change meant that the or­ga­niz­ers had to shift the venue at the last minute; a feat they pulled off ad­mirably.

Top hon­ours went to the vet­eran rider and reign­ing cham­pion, Venkatesh shetty, rid­ing an aprilia sr 150 in the premier 80- to 210-cc four-stroke class. Main­tain­ing ex­cel­lent pace through the muddy course, the Mum­baibased racer com­pleted the first lap with a time of 6:13, the sec­ond in an un­be­liev­able 5:57, which stood as the fastest time of the day, and his third and fi­nal lap was dis­patched in 6:02 on the clock. With a to­tal time of 19:13, Venkatesh took home the first-place tro­phy, a cheque for rs 10,000, and a set of JK Tyre Blaze scooter tyres.

in sec­ond place was Mum­bai’s Zee­shan sayed, also rid­ing an aprilia sr 150, who com­pleted the race with a

time of 21:36, while TVs rac­ing’s syed asif ali from Bhopal fin­ished third on a TVs Ntorq with a time of 22:19.

Pop­u­lar racer Pinkesh Thakkar showed good pace early on, but when some dirt flew into his eyes, ob­scur­ing his vi­sion, he was forced to re­tire.

in the 80- to 100-cc two-stroke class it was Mum­bai’s ro­han Thakur who tri­umphed aboard a Ki­netic Marvel with a time of 24:58, just ahead of Nashik’s Nilesh Thakare and san­gli’s Mo­hasin shaikh, both rid­ing Ki­netic hon­das.

in the 110- to 160-cc geared scooter class, it was Mum­bai’s Man­jit singh Bas­san who took top hon­ours with a time of 25:52, Chin­may Bisht, also from Mum­bai, se­cured sec­ond place, while Bhopal’s Vicky Jaskarans­ingh made it to third place. all three com­peti­tors were rid­ing LML Vespa scoot­ers.

in the Ladies class it was Pan­vel’s am­ruta Gu­ruji who brought her honda ac­tiva across the fin­ish with a time of 40:55 for first place, while Pune’s Ni­raj Wan­jale took home the tro­phy for the best time by a new­comer to the rally (27:48).

With an­other event draw­ing to a close, the com­peti­tors, all muddy, wet, and happy, headed back to their re­spec­tive cities. ex­pect to see them and their scoot­ers back next year for an­other messy JK Tyre Mon­soon scooter rally.

ABOVE: Scoot­ers were still quite clean at the flag off

ABOVE & RIGHT: The win­ners reap the spoils

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