All smiles on the faces of the riders could be spotted after years as almost all had a positive and satisfactory event, for the first time ever they had an opportunity to go flat out with multiple course to try out their machines fullest capacity.
While the stage one was technical and stage two was too fast to handle, the stage after a span of two decades was in the menu for the 4th round of the MRF Mogrip FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship for 2 wheelers, organsied by KMSC. This K1000 Rally had about 64kms of stage distance from two stages run twice.
Samuel Jacob from Petronas TVS Racing spun a surprise by keeping his teammates current and championship leaders behind him with close to a minute lead. He dominated three out of four stages and with a total time of 47min 33.455sec, he was the winner of the MRF Mogrip K1000 Rally the round four of the MRF Mogrip FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship for 2 wheelers held around Gubbi about 120kms from Bengaluru. Privateer makes his way in the top three for the first time this season, it was none other than his ex- teammate now rallying for VM Sports Foundation Nataraj R with a 52sec had to settle for second position, he was also the fastest in stage two. The championship leader Abdul Wahid Tanveer from Petronas TVS Racing finished third with a further difference of 3sec. Defending champion Rajendra RE also from Petronas TVS Racing with a further difference of 56sec finished fourth and Imran Pasha with further 1min 11sec difference finished fifth. While the three Hero Motosports team riders T Arun, Yuva Kumar and Karan Kumar finished in sixth, seventh and eighth position respectively. T Arun was further slower by 8sec to settle for sixth and Yuva Kumar from Hero Motosports was further slower by 44sec and his teammate Karan was 1min 18sec further down for 8th. Sachin D from Petronas TVS Racing finished ninth with a further difference of 9sec which included 10sec Liaison penalties. Pavan BK from VM Sports Foundation was further slower by 33sec to finish in 10th position.
Super Bike Pro Expert Group A: This class podium was dominated by Petronas TVS Racing riders, Samuel Jacob topped the table, while Abdul Wahid Tanveer with 54sec deficit was second and Rajendra RE finished third with 55sec difference. Yuva Kumar from Hero Motosports missed the podium with a difference of 2min 03sec difference, Aishwarya PM the only lady competitor participating along with men in this class from Petronas TVS Racing finished fifth with a further difference of 5min 44sec.
Super Bike Expert GroupA: Nataraj R from VM Sports Foundation was the winner with a total time of 48min 24.729sec, Amog Nag a privateer from Bengaluru finished in second position with 10sec liaison penalties and a difference of 5min 24sec, Kuttappa NS who made his come back into rallying after a long gap managed to finish on the podium in third position with a further difference of 1min 24sec difference. Venu Ramesh Kumar from Coimbatore finished fourth with a further deficit of 1min 58sec.
Super Sport 165 Group B: Abrar Pasha won the class with a total time of 56min 09.002sec, followed him in second was Yogesh P with a difference of 29sec which included 10sec Liaison penalties, Varun Kumar A with 50sec further difference finished third. Mahesh Chandu MN missed the podium and finished in fourth position with less than a second difference, Francis PV who made a comeback after recovering from a multiple leg fracture had to settle for fifth position with further 15sec difference, Anoop Manjappa finished sixth with a further difference of 2min 20sec which included 20sec Liaison penalties.
Super Sport 260 Group B: Petronas TVS Racing rider Imran Pasha who also finished in top overall five was the winner of the class with a total time of 50min 34.636sec, T Arun from Hero Motosports followed him in second position with a difference of 7sec, while his teammate Karan Kumar finished behind him in third position with a difference of 2min 2sec difference. Sachin D from Petronas TVS Racing with 10sec liaison penalties and about 8sec difference missed the podium, Pavan BK from VM Sports foundation settled for fifth, with a further 31sec difference the Petronas TVS Racing rider Banteilang Jyrwa finished sixth.
Super Sport 400 Group B: Russel Jossey from VM Sports Foundation was the winner of the class with a total time of 54min 30sec, Rohit Shinde finished second with 2min 58sec difference which included 1min 10sec of liaison penalties, Aakash Aithal from VM Sports Foundation finished third with a further difference of 24 penalties. Akash DL Gandhi with 2min 11sec difference finished fourth which included 10sec liaison penalties, Prabhu Chandra Mohan was fifth with a further difference of over 11min finished fifth.
Super Sport 550 Group B: Mohammed Zaheer from Bengaluru finished on top with a total time of 55min 48sec, he was followed in second by Sharath Kumar S from VM Sports Foundation with a difference of 3min 18sec, Mahesh Kumarwith a further 46sec difference completed the podium, Abhijith Sarkar with 6min 23sec difference was fourth and Naresh VS from VM Sports Foundation finished a distinct fifth.
Scooter Class upto 210cc Group B: Karthik N from Petronas TVS Racing was the winner of the class with a total time of 1hr 1min 39sec, he was followed by his teammate Syed Asif Ali in second with a difference of 30sec, Asif in third stage lost over two minutes after his scooter took lot of time to restart after being stuck in water.
Women's class Group B: Tanika Shanbhag from Hero Motosports, the championship leader was unstoppable as she won the class with a total time of 58min 46sec, her teammate Tanaya Singh with 36seconds difference finished behind her in second position and Remya Ravi finished a distinct third.
Super Stock upto 450cc Group D: R Sabarish was the winner of the class with a total time of 56min 54sec, as Eldhose P Benny finished behind him in second position with a difference of 2min 1sec, Goutham Rao finished third with over 2sec difference. Nikhil finished third with 44sec difference, Naveen Somashekar was fifth with 19sec difference and M Uday Kumar settled for sixth with further 9sec difference.
Star of Karnataka: T Subramanya from VM Sports Foundation was the winner of the class with a total time of 1hr 14sec penalties, Madhusudan S finished second with 16sec difference and Abrar Ahmed was third with a further 33sec difference. Darpan Darshan finished fourth with a further difference of 1min 15sec as Ashwin Anantha Raju and Mohammed Salauddin finished in fifth and sixth position respectively with a difference of 40sec and 6sec.