Team In­dia Dom­i­nate

For­tune turned in Team In­dia’s favour for the fi­nal round of the Asian Cup of Road Rac­ing (ACRR)

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FANS WERE IN FOR A treat be­cause, in ad­di­tion to re­gional tal­ent and su­per­bikes, some in­ter­na­tional level rid­ers had also de­scended at the Buddh in­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit (BiC) for the fi­nal round of the 21st JK tyre fMsCi na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship. the rid­ers in ques­tion were the par­tic­i­pants of the fédéra­tion in­ter­na­tionale de Mo­to­cy­clisme (fiM) asian Cup of Road Rac­ing (aCRR). Both the Gixxer Cup and aCRR rac­ers took off from the same grid and it was a treat to watch.

the fiM aCRR comprises young rid­ers from dif­fer­ent asian coun­tries like Ja­pan, thai­land, sri lanka, the Philip­pines, nepal, tai­wan, and in­dia. Rep­re­sent­ing in­dia were ann Jen­nifer, Karthik Mateti, Mal­sawm­dawngliana, and shruthi na­gara­jan.

Race One

start­ing from the fifth row, Karthik Mateti timed his at­tacks bril­liantly and was soon at the head of the pack. he played that ad­van­tage to his ben­e­fit through­out the course of this eight-lap race and crossed the line in first place. One sec­ond later, han­sika abeysinghe shot past the che­quered flag to claim sec­ond place. sur­pris­ingly, third-placed Max stauf­fer crossed the line a lit­tle over 12 sec­onds af­ter the race leader.

Race Two

the sec­ond out­ing also spelt vic­tory for in­dia when Mal­sawm­dawngliana crowned a bril­liant ride with a re­sound­ing vic­tory. he man­aged to beat Max to the line by one-tenth of a sec­ond. han­sika fin­ished in a lonely third place, al­most four sec­onds af­ter the race win­ner.

at the end of the race week­end, the in­dian team had had a great out­ing by win­ning both races, thus end­ing the 2018 cham­pi­onship on a high note. while team Ja­pan took home the cham­pi­onship, our rac­ers fin­ished in a com­mend­able third place.

BE­LOW: A proud team In­dia finds a spot on the podium

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