MO­TOR­SPORT

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All the ac­tion from the Dak­shin Dare, JKNRC, Suzuki Gixxer Cup En­durance and much more from the world of mo­tor­sport

IT TAKES THE STUFF­ING OUT OF you. 60 min­utes. I have rid­den for longer stints. I have raced at the track a cou­ple of times be­fore. Never have I done both at the same time. Nei­ther has Alameen. Both of us were un­aware of the chal­lenges that come with an en­durance race. Heck, we didn’t have an inkling of how to plan our rider changes or who our part­ners were go­ing to be. We just knew that it was go­ing to be a tough or­deal. En­durance rac­ing?

Like 24 Hours of Le Mans or 8 Hours of Suzuka, Suzuki In­dia had called us to take part in a 60 minute race where we would be paired up with an­other journo to race their Gixxer Cup bikes. The venue would be the Kari Mo­tor Speed­way as our race would play a sup­port race to the sec­ond round of the 2018 JK Tyre Na­tional Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship. I had a slight edge over Alameen given that I had rid­den the Gixxer Cup bike ear­lier but that was again a cou­ple of years ago. Alameen had a huge weight ad­van­tage over me; some­thing that he thought would come into play in the race (sadly, it didn’t).

The rules were fairly sim­ple. There had to be a manda­tory rider switch in place. No rider could ride for more than 25 min­utes in a sin­gle stretch. No bike change, no re­fu­elling, no re­pair work. If your part­ner crashed out, your race ends there. The av­er­age time of both part­ners would be taken as our qual­i­fy­ing time for the team and grid slots would be de­cided so.

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