Rajendra RE (Petronas TVS Racing) wins K1000; Sarath Mohan, top privateer
Former champion and current championship leader Rajendra RE of Petronas TVS Racing notched up a hard-fought second consecutive win beating teammate and defending champion Abdul Wahid Tanveer in the K1000 2-wheeler rally, the fourth round of the MRF Mogrip fmsci National 2W Rally Championship 2022 promoted by GodSpeed, organised by Karnataka Motor Sports Club held at the Tribal Adventure Cafe near Doddaballapur adjacent to Bengaluru.
Once again Team Petronas TVS Racing made a clean sweep of all the top five overall places which was led by the topper Rajendra RE with a total time of 51min 21.156sec, Abdul Wahid Tanveer with a difference of 21seconds finished in second position, R Nataraj got his long pending due of finishing on podium with a difference of 1min 19sec. Samuel Jacob who was consistent right from the start missed the podium with 4sec deficit, Imran Pasha riding a RTR 200 managed to give his team top five finish with a difference of 4min 34sec with the leader, riding a HUSQVARNA the Kerala Privateer Sarath Mohan managed to finish sixth with a difference of 1min 8sec which included 50sec Liaison penalties, Banteilang Jyrwa from Petronas TVS Racing displayed a true example of sportsman spirit had stopped his vehicle to help his teammate Sachin D who needed help after the crash and inspite of loosing time managed to finish seventh.
Super Bike Pro-Expert:
The whole class belonged to the Petronas TVS Racing riders riding on a TVS RTR 450, Rajendra RE began the first stage with a low pace, as his teammate Tanveer had made over three seconds on him. There on he took on full pace and started gaining time and inspite of loosing lot of time in fifth stage he managed to extend his lead in the final stage of the rally and with 21sec difference he managed to finish on top, Tanveer who took off the final stage with 7seconds difference was slower 13 more second and had to give up the top slot aspiration and settled for second position, Nataraj finished third. Samuel finished fourth as he lost time in the final stage due to a slide which he recovered swiftly.
Super Bike Expert:
All the three riders in this class were from Kerala, Sarath with a lead of 33sec over Sinan Francis from Cochin riding a KTM 450 finished on top followed by Sinan, riding a Suzuki RM450 and finishing third was the rider from Trivandrum Mithun Gopal with a further difference of 13min 6sec.
Super sport 130 Group B:
Anoop Manjappa from Bengaluru was dominant right from the start he was the fastest in all the six stages inspite of 1min 10sec Liaison penalties with a total time of 01:06.44 he was the winner, Chalass K Bose from Kottayam with a difference of 37sec finished in second position. Sudharshan B from Chikkamagaluru was 20 seconds slower and with 1min 20sec liaison penalties managed to be on the podium in third position. Being slower by 26seconds the rider from Erode Vinoth Kumar had to stay away from podium with a fourth position finish, Dilip Raj from Chikkamagaluru began well in the first stage and set some good timing and as time went on he started fading away as he lost out of stamina and finished fifth with a further difference of 2min 28sec.
Super sport 165 Group B:
In his second season of INRC it was a back to back win for Sasi Kumar K from Coimbatore, with a total time of 1hr 11sec he was the winner, the Tumkuru boy Gidyun Benjamin had one of his toughest time, as he was unable to convert his lead from start to finish into a win in spite of close to 2min lead, as the 2min 50sec Liaison penalties slided him down to second position. Bengalurian Varun Kumar completed the podium with a further difference of 1min 45sec. Nirmal E Paret from Kottayam was further slower by 33sec which pushed him down to fourth, Kodagu boy Stephen Roy finished fifth with a difference of 56sec. Ajin Abraham one of the front runner had to drop out after covering major portion of the stage due to chain issues. The class leader till the fourth stage from Chikkamagaluru Francis PV had a very major crash in fourth stage and had to end his season's run due to injury.
Super sport 260 Group B:
Imran Pasha from Petronas TVS Racing was the winner by clocking a total time of 55min 55.636sec, while his team mate Banteilang Jyrwa with 1min 56sec difference finished second, Adnaan Ahmed from Mangaluru with 1min 20sec Liaison penalties managed to finish third with a further difference of 43sec. M Karan Kumar from Coimbatore with a huge difference of 3min 24sec was fourth, while Trinesh V from Hoskote stood fifth with a further difference of 4min 43sec. JB Purab from Chikkamagaluru finished in sixth position. Front runner Sachin D from Petronas TVS Racing was the first person to crash in stage one and was assisted by his team mate to be clear of the track and Jeevarathinam from Bengaluru had to pull out of stage two as his engine seized.
Super sport 400 Group B:
Russel Jossy from Mumbai with a lead over 4min 10sec was the winner, while Amog Nag from Bengaluru in his first season of INRC managed to finish in second position, as the championship leader Venu Ramesh Kumar with 11sec difference finished third. Anish Damodara Shetty from Hubballi with 1min 7sec difference was fourth and Hansraj Saikia running second in the championship with further difference of 19sec settled for fifth and Ruthvik Praveen from Tiptur finished sixth with 38sec further difference.
Super sport 550 Group B:
It was a fourth straight win for the championship leader Naresh VS with a time of 09:097, followed him in second position was Mahesh Kumar from Kochi with a difference of 6min 54sec, Shajeer Ismail from Ernakulam was 48sec slower but managed to hold on the podium. Yogesh Kumar from Bengaluru finished fourth with a further difference of 4min 34sec, Abhijeet Sarkar also from Bengaluru with further 54sec difference was fifth and Vijay Kumar M from Chikkamagaluru was sixth.
Defending champion and championship leader Aishwarya PM from Petronas TVS Racing was the winner with a total time of 1hr 07min 24sec which included 1min 10sec Liaison penalties, Sameera Dahiya from Bengaluru was second with a difference of 16min 53sec, Deeksha Srivastava from Pune was further slower by 6min 56sec to finish third. Fazeela from Ernakulam had a bad day, as she had a fall just over a 1km from the start, with bent handle had to continue the rally and lost lot of time till she headed back to the service with shoulder sprain, having lost lot of time managed to complete the rally with 2min liaison penalties in fourth position.
Pinkesh Thakkar from Pune representing JB Racing riding an APRILIA was the winner of the rally with a total time of 1:06.27, Karthik Naidu from Petronas TVS Racing riding a NTORQ finished in second position with a 2sec difference, Naidu was leading the class till the fourth stage and had a fall in stage 5 and lost time in this stage and as well in the final stage, which put him in second position, Subramanya T a Privateer from Bengaluru with 17sec difference stood third. With further 44sec difference Shamim Khan from Petronas TVS Racing finished fourth, Gowtham N from Bengaluru finished in fifth position with over 3min 10sec further difference. Muzaffar Ali from Bhopal representing JB Racing riding an APRILIA finished in sixth position, he lost lot of time in stage one as his scooter sank into a unmanned slush point with further 5min 43sec difference he finished sixth.
Super stock 450 Group D:
Bengaluru boys dominated the class, Sanjay Somashekar with 5min 49sec difference was the winner as Naveen Somashekar finished in second position, C Pradeep was further slower by 23sec and settled for third. Raju G finished fourth as Sabarish and Rakesh Kumar from Coimbatore finished in fifth and sixth position respectively.
Star of K1000:
With a total time of 1:03.47 and a Liaison penalty of 1min 20sec BK Pawan managed to win the class, Gowtham Rao R with a difference of 15sec finished second, with a difference of 6min 25sec L Bharath completed the podium. Veekshak KV and D Tarun Rinaldo finished in fourth and fifth position respectively.