Coimbatore (Sakal Times): KY Ahamed rode a brilliant race to lead a TVS Racing 1-2 finish in the premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class in the Rolon Round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the Kari Motor Speedway here on Saturday.
Finishing behind Ahamed, who started the race from fourth on the grid, was team-mate and reigning National champion Jagan Kumar, and pole-sitter Mathana Kumar of Honda Ten10 Racing in a race that was delayed by rain.
Ahamed had a strong start as he slipped past Sarath Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) to third position. Stepping up the pace, he soon caught up with Jagan and Mathana, and overtook them by the end of the second lap. Once in the front, Ahamed did not look back despite his visor getting fogged and at times missing the braking points.
“It was a tough race and I got to the front by the end of the second lap. However, as the race went on, my visor began fogging. I had difficulty in finding the braking points on the track, but somehow managed to hold it together,” said the 20-year old from Chennai.
The race was re-started when Prabhu Arunagiri’s bike engine blew in the very first lap on the start-finish straight leading to a red flag and a “quick start”.
Earlier, local lad Antony Peter (Vortex Racing), won a tight race in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc class that was red-flagged due to sharp showers.
Super Sport Indian 165cc, Race 1: 1. KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) 8 mins, 49.787secs); 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) 8:50.122; 3. Mathana Kumar (Honda Ten10 Racing) 8:50.595.
Pro-Stock 165cc, Race 1: 1. Anish Shetty (Honda Ten10 Racing) 9:20.975; 2. Kevin Kannan (Rockers Racing) 9:21.094; 3. S Sivanesan (TVS Racing) 9:26.11).
Pro-Stock 301-400cc, Race 1: 1. Antony Peter (Vortex Racing) 9: 13.827; 2. Peddu Sriharsha (Sparks Racing) 9:14.288; 3. Ananth Krishnan (Apex Racing Academy) 9:24.533.
Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup, Race 1 (CBR 250): 1. Senthil Kumar (Coimbatore) 13:14.654; 2. Anish Damodara Shetty (Hubballi) 13:14.782; 3. Jaden Gunawardena (Sri Lanka) 13:25.373.
TVS - Novice (Apache RTR 200): 1. Karthik Mateti (Hyderabad) 15:08.752; 2. Mohamed Shafin (Kerala) 15:31.452; 3. AS Alexander (Chennai) 15:45.814.
Girls (Apache): 1. Ryhana Bee (Chennai) 12:9.398; 2. Ann Jennifer (Chennai) 12:10.661; 3. RV Czimkay (Trivandrum) 12:42.825.