Deepak Ravikumar led a 1-2 finish for TVS Racing in the premium Pro-Stock 301-400cc class, while Rajiv Sethu, fresh from an international outing in Japan, scored a thrilling win in the Pro-Stock 165cc category to bring some cheer for Honda in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI National motorcycle racing championship at the MMRT, here on Saturday.
Starting from pole position, Ravikumar held off team-mate K. Y. Ahamed for a commanding win, while Sethu, who missed the first round in Coimbatore last month, fought tooth and nail to beat favourite and pole-sitter Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing), sealing the win in the last lap.
Mathan Kumar (Erula Racing) also chalked up a last-gasp win over Aravind Balakrishnan (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) in the Pro-Stock 200-300cc class that was run on a combined grid with the 301-400cc category while Bengaluru’s Abhimanyu Gautam, starting from third on the 39-rider grid, topped the Stock 165cc (Novice) race which went down to the wire.
Earlier, 14-year-old from Chennai, Md. Mikail underlined his potential by comfortably winning the inaugural race in the newly-introduced Honda NSF 250R category of the Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup One-Make championship. Varun Sadasivam, also from Chennai, came in second ahead of another 14-year-old local schoolboy Kavin Samaar Quintal.
The results (provisional, all six laps unless mentioned, winners only):
National Championship: Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race 1): Deepak Ravikumar (TVS Racing) (11mins, 41.479secs).
Pro-Stock 200-300cc (Race 1): Mathan Kumar (Erula Racing) (12:11.742).
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race 1): Rajiv Sethi (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (11:59.724).
Novice – Stock 165cc (Race 1): Abhimanyu Gautam (Sparks Racing) (13:08.136).
Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup – Honda NSF 250R (Race 1): Boys: Md Mikail (Chennai) (11:14.583).
TVS Open (Apache RTR 310, Race 1): Vivek Pillai (Chennai) (11:58.964); Novice (Apache RTR 200, Race 1): Venkatesan (Chennai) (13:16.007); Girls (Apache RTR 200) (5 laps): Nivetha Jessica (Chennai) (11:27.421).
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