Double delight for KY Ahamed, Prabhu Arunagiri
Bengaluru Schoolboy Shreyas Hareesh notches first win in Novice class Rohan Ramesh, Lani Zena Fernandez score wins.
KY Ahamed and Prabhu Arunagiri notched a double apiece, Shreyas Hareesh from Rockers Racing notches his first win, while Rohan Ramesh from Axor Sparks Racing and Lani Zena Fernandez RACR Castrol Power1 scored contrasting victories as the fourth round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2022 concluded at the Madras International Circuit.
Pro-Stock 301-400cc category
KY Ahamed led a 1-2-3 finish for Petronas TVS Racing team while Pacer Yamaha enjoyed a double podium with Prabhu Arunagiri taking a win and team-mate Mathana Kumar finishing third behind Idemitsu Honda SK69 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu.
Petronas TVS Racing's Ahamed, Deepak Ravikumar and Jagan Kumar came home in that order in the with defending champion Rajini Krishnan from RACR Castrol Power1 limping home in seventh place after losing the gear shift lever in the second lap and the engine stuck in fifth gear.
The race itself fell flat after Ahamed, starting from pole position, opened a sizable gap of over 4seconds ahead of Ravikumar and Jagan Kumar, and Rajini Krishnan fading from the contest, and the rest of the pack unable to match the pace of the front-runners.
Ahamed, winner of Race-1 yesterday, led a 1-2 finish for Petronas TVS Racing in race2, pole-sitter Ahamed missed a gear as the lights went out and slipped to second behind team-mate Deepak Ravikumar. The two battled all the way until Ahamed passed Ravikumar on the last lap and defended his position for a brilliant victory.
Behind the lead pair, defending champion Rajini Krishnan, starting from P7, crashed in the first lap, but picked himself up to come in third with about 10sec difference, while posting the fastest lap of the race in the process. The third place finish took Rajini’s tally to 161 after four rounds followed by Ahamed 126 points and Ravikumar 125.
Pro-Stock 165cc Open category
In the race1, Prabhu Arunagiri snatched a dramatic win, closely followed by Sethu and Mathana Kumar. The trio crossed the finish line almost locked together after championship leader Mathana Kumar conceded his track position in the last lap, running wide at Turn-11, to fall from first to third. The race was reduced to five laps due to a delayed start with pole-sitter KY Ahamed from Petronas TVS Racing starting from the pit-lane.
Arunagiri from Pacer Yamaha ground out a thrilling win in race2, his second of the weekend. Arunagiri too had to work hard for his second win of the weekend. The eight-lapper went down to the wire as Arunagiri fought off a strong challenge from the Petronas TVS Racing pair of Ahamed and Jagan Kumar, and Rajiv Sethu from Idemitsu Honda SK69 Racing, besides team-mate and early leader Mathana Kumar. Arunagiri kept his wits about to pull off a merited win with Sethu and Ahamed close on his heels. Mathana, though finishing fifth, kept his lead in the points table with a tally of 126, ahead of Sethu with109 and Arunagiri 104.
Novice (Stock 165cc) category
Bengaluru schoolboy Shreyas Hareesh from Rockers Racing in his first pulled off a sensational lights-to-flag victory, by defeating riders almost twice his age. the 12-year old Shreyas, a sixth standard student of Kensri School in Bengaluru, started from P3 on the grid, but was in the lead even before Turn-1 and then hung on to notch his maiden win in the category. It was his first outing in the Novice class this season, having skipped the previous three rounds.
Shreyas, weighing only 31Kgs, showed consistent pace over six laps to win from Axor Sparks Racing pair of Rohan R from Coimbatore and Mumbai’s Kayan Zubin Patel. Finishing fourth was pole-sitter and championship leader Sarvesh Balappa from Axor Sparks Racing hailing from Hubballi.
“I made some mistakes,” was all that Shreyas said after the win, referring to a marginally slower last lap that resulted in a tight finish while almost negating the comfortable lead he had enjoyed until then.
Rohan from Axor Sparks Racing emerged unscathed from a bunch of half-a-dozen riders to take the honours in the race2.
The Novice race was a heart-stopper with half-a-dozen riders in the mix and fighting for podium spots. They took turns to lead, but eventually, it was Rohan who pulled ahead to win from Hubballi’s Sarvesh Balappa from Axor Sparks Racing and Vignesh Goud from Hyderabad. Though without a win this weekend, Sarvesh picked up sufficient points to take his tally to 157 for an unassailable lead in the championship standings
Stock 301-400cc Support event : Mihir Vijay Sakpal from Mumbai representing Winverve Apex Racing Academy with a total time of 12:32.066 was the winner followed by Naresh Shobha Kaname from Latur in second position with over 2 seconds difference, with just a second deficit Jayanth Prathipati from Hyderabad finished third.
Girls Stock 165cc:
Lani Zena from RACR Castrol Power1 topped the class outing earlier in the day for her maiden win of the season. Starting from pole position, Lani Zena Fernandez battled with Mumbai’s Jagruti Penkar from Axor Sparks Racing all through the five laps as the two exchanged lead. In the last lap, Lani made a decisive move to regain the lead which she nursed to the finish for her first win of the season. Local challenger Jagathrishree from Pacer Yamaha came in third, ahead of Ann Jennifer from Alpha Racing.
With a round to go, Ann with 72points leads Jagruthi with 63 on the points table while defending champion Ryhana Bee from Pacer Yamaha had another disastrous outing as she crashed in the very first lap which weighed her down to sixth in the championship.
Novice CBR 150 category of the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup:
Mumbai’s Raheesh Mudassar Khatri recorded a double for eight wins in as many outings. In race1, Kavin Quintal from Chennai with a comfortable lead of six seconds managed to win the class, as AS James from Bengaluru finished secodn and Mohsin P from Malappuram was further slower by a second and settled for third.
Kavin maintained his pace in race2 for the second win of the round, but this ocassion with a huge margin of 21seconds over Mohsin, Chennai rider Shyam Sundar finished third.
Novice CBR 150:
It was a double delight for Raheesh Mudassar Khatri from Mumbai he held on to a lead of over eleven seconds over Kolhapur rider Siddesh Sawant who finished behind him,Bengaluru boy Harshith V Bogar was further slower by 14seconds to claim the podium. In Race2, Raheesh's win was not easy, he had to fight it out till the end as Siddesh was very close but managed to maintain a lead of about half a second, Rajender Beedani from Jangaon was 17sec slower to finish in third position.
Hornet 2.0 Support event:
Allwin Xavier from Thrissur was in command in both the races and won it, in race1 he had built a lead of just below one second on Romario John from Chennai, who had to defend his second position as G Balaji from Chennai was very close to him till the finish. In race2, Allwin was very closely followed by G Balaji as he finished in second with a difference of .800th of a second and Romario had a photo finish and settle for third.
In the Petronas TVS One-Make Championship, Aditi Krishnan from Bengaluru notched her fourth consecutive win in the Girls Apache RTR 200 category while Chiranth Vishwanath from Bengaluru scored a double to remain unbeaten after eight races and four rounds in the Rookie class.
Rookie Apache RTR 200:
Bengaluru boy Chiranth Vishwanath with a timing of 12:32.942 and a comfortable lead of over six seconds managed to keep abdul Basim RS from Chennai in second position, Savion Sabu from Bengaluru finished third with nine seconds difference.
Race2, Chiranth was a bit faster than the previous race with a 8seconds lead he managed to keep Abdul behind him, while Shreyas Hareesh from Bengaluru with further 8sec deficit finished third.
Apache RR 310 open class, Race-1): It was a grand double for Rahil Pillarisetty from Hyderabad he had to defend his position right till the finish as Ananthraj from Chennai finished with a arm length behind him, Venkatesan from Chennai finished third with one second difference.
There was a bit of relief for Rahil in race2, he was about three seconds ahead of Mohan Babu P from Chennai and Ananthraj finished third which was a photo finish.
The five lap Apache RTR 200 for girls was bagged by Bengaluru girl Aditi Krishnan by clocking 11:00.774, second Bengalurian Nithila Das was five seconds slower to finish second and Saimah Ajaz Baig from Pune finished third.