Seven of the VM Sports Foundation supported riders out of 17 supported were on the podium in the 4th round of the MRF Mogrip FMSCIIndian National Rally Championship for 2 wheelers, organsied by KMSC. While Nataraj R one of their Star rider made history as he became the first privateer to finish in Overall top three. He finished in second position with a difference of 51sec, Nataraj who was just inducted into the team, could manage to reach this height in his fourth event under VM Sports Foundation banner. Four of their riders Pavan BK, Sanjay Somashekar and Russel Jossey finished in top 15.
Nataraj also was the winner of Super Bike Expert Group A class. Varun Kumar finished third in the Super Sport 165 GroupB class as Mahesh Chandu MN also from Bengaluru finished fourth and Francis PV from Chikkamagaluru finished in fifth position. Pavan Bk who is yet to upgrade his bike suspension managed to finish in fifth position competing with the two top teams. Sanjay Somashekar also from Bengaluru finished in seventh position, Trinesh V finished a close ninth and Gidyun Benjamin was DNF.
In Supersport 400 GroupB: Russel Jossey from Mumbai won the Supersport 400 GroupB class as their Team Mentor Aakash Aithal finished third.
In the 550 cc class Sharath from Bengaluru finished second and Naresh VS from Bengaluru with bike issues somehow managed to finish the rally in 5th place.
Goutham Rao finished in third position in the upto 450cc GroupD as the front runner and Championship Leader Nitish Bharadwaj had issues in his sprocket bearing once he crossed the water logging in the 3rd Stage .
In the star of Karnataka class T Subramanya held on to the top slot .
Speaking on the occassion Mr.Vamcy Merla, VM Sports Foundation said - ' We are supporting our best to the Privateer Riders not only during the rally, but also in upgrading their Bikes for rally purpose by providing them good quality Upgrades to their Bikes '
Team Mentor, VM Sports Foundation Aakash Aithal said " we have downsized the team to 17, as this helps us to address their individual problems and for a few we are trying to put them up the order looking at their performances."