Honda Riders shine with 4 podiums
Rajiv Sethu successfully led a Honda assault on TVS Racing’s supremacy to score a brilliant victory over defending champion Jagan Kumar in the premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class as the fourth round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT, on Sunday.
Chennai: Rajiv Sethu successfully led a Honda assault on TVS Racing’s supremacy to score a brilliant victory over defending champion Jagan Kumar in the premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class as the fourth round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT, on Sunday.
The victory notwithstanding, Jagan, the TVS Racing team’s spearhead, garnered crucial 18 points for his second-place finish today that consolidated his position at the top of the championship table with a tally of 148 ahead of team-mate KY Ahamed (128), winner of the first race and who finished fourth behind Honda Ten10 Racing’s Mathana Kumar in the second outing on Sunday.
The other highlight of the day was the grand double by Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah) in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc category which is set for a grandstand finish in the final round in December. Only five points separate the top three - Satyanarayana Raju of Gusto Racing (119), team-mate Amarnath Menon (118) and Arunagiri (114).
Hyderabad’s 19-year old collegian Karthik Mateti (Sparks Racing) chalked up a dominating win in the Novice (Stock 165cc) race to take a 16-point lead in the championship.
Another rider from Hyderabad, 20-year old Rahil Pillari Shetty, also from Sparks Racing, followed suit with a season’s maiden win in the highly competitive Pro-Stock 165cc category where Bengaluru-based techie Anish Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing), who finished second, continues to head the leaderboard with 131 points.
The focus on Sunday was on the Super Sport race with pole-sitter Sethu and Jagan playing the lead roles. Sethu lost his track position early in the first lap with gearing problem which allowed Jagan to move into the front.
Super Sport Indian 165cc (Race-2, 8 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten 10 Racing) 15mins, 32.320secs; 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) 15:32.450; 3. S Mathana Kumar (Honda Ten 10 Racing) 15:37.725.
Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race-2, 8 laps): 1. Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdulla) 15mins, 24.129secs; 2. Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing) 15:24.706; 3. Rahil Pillari Shetty (Sparks Racing) 15:34.637.
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race-2, 8 laps): 1. Rahil PIllari Shetty (Sparks Racing) 16mins, 09.127; 2. Anish Shetty (Honda Ten 10 Racing) 16:14.615; 3. Senthil Kumar (Honda Ten 10 Racing) 16:14.851.
Novice (Stock, 165cc) 6 laps: 1. Karthik Mateti (Sparks Racing) 13mins, 00.950secs; 2. Varun Sobhan (Speed Up Racing) 13:03.720; 3. Venkatesan I (Pvt. Chennai) 13:05.622.
Yamaha-MMSC One-Make Championship (Novice, Race-2, 6 laps): 1. Varun Sobhan (Cherthala) 13mins, 12.040secs; 2. Abhimanyu Gautam (Jind) 13:15.887; 3.Sanjay Kumar (Coimbatore) 13: 17.760.