Loose sand in Pink City to challenge riders’ wits

Sports Reporter
Sunday, 24 September 2017

Pune: Harith Noah, Rugved Barguje and Abdul Waheed Tanveer make up a formidable force that TVS Racing team has arrived with in Pink City that will host the third round of the 18th MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Supercross Championship at Mansarovar on VT Road here on Sunday.

As Jaipur offers sand track unlike in other parts of the country where hard ground gives riders some traction, there will be interesting contests as riders will vroom on this specially made 750 metre track that has 12 double jumps, one cut table top, whoops and berms.

Pune: Harith Noah, Rugved Barguje and Abdul Waheed Tanveer make up a formidable force that TVS Racing team has arrived with in Pink City that will host the third round of the 18th MRF MoGrip FMSCI National Supercross Championship at Mansarovar on VT Road here on Sunday.

As Jaipur offers sand track unlike in other parts of the country where hard ground gives riders some traction, there will be interesting contests as riders will vroom on this specially made 750 metre track that has 12 double jumps, one cut table top, whoops and berms.

Shyam Kothari, Director, Godspeed Racing who himself in seven-time National champion, said he chose Jaipur as a venue because he wanted to give chance to the riders from North to showcase their skills in an event that generally has majority riders from the South and West Indian cities.

The track in Jaipur is the talking point as loose sand will minimize braking while during the rounds.

“When you ride on a hard track you can accelerate and brake if needed, but on this course braking will make your bike getting stuck. This will make the contest more interesting,” said Kothari. Godspeed has retained the concept of Joker lane that was introduced for the first in India, at the second round in Coimbatore in July.

The Joker Lane is a slightly tricky segment that can slow down a rider and cost him precious seconds as well.

“The Joker Lane is roughly about 150 metres and has obstacles such as whoop-de-doos, a series of bumps, double jump and a single jump. It upsets the whole rhythm of the race. The riders will have to go compulsorily through this lane once during the laps. It adds drama to the whole event,” said Kothari.

The Jaipur leg is being organised by Godspeed in association with Action Sports, Jaipur, which is headed by Kunal Singh, a former motocross champion.

Huge response
More than 100 riders across eight categories have registered for the third round of National Supercross. Besides the TVS Racing riders, the privateers too provide a challenge worth competing for. Jignesh Patel and Jatin Jain from Nagpur, Harshal Kadbane of Nasik and Delhi’s MS Prince are all ready to enthrall the spectators with their daredevil performace.

In SX1 Expert Class, Noah leads the championship with 77 points followed by CD Jinan (69) and Rugved Barguje (60), who last month did well in a motocross event in the United States.

Desert Storm champion and leader in the National two-wheel rally championship, R Natraj, who currently lies at No 5 position, will look to improve his points in Group C Indian Experts class led by Jagdish Kumar of Coimbatore.

In Class B Junior Experts, Pune’s Yuvraj Kondedeshmukh leads with 38 points, five ahead of Kerala’s Aadil Correya. The Group B for Locals will also see intense competition as this offers a chance for city riding enthusiasts to showcase their skills and win the title.

The city for next round of championship is yet to be finalized.

Overall points position after two Rounds:
Top 5:
Class 1 SX1 Expert Class Group A: 1. Harith Noah (TVS Racing, TVS RTR300) 77, 2. CD Jinan (Thrissur, KX250F) 69, 3. Rugved Barguje (TVS Racing, TVS RTR300) 60; 4. Abdul Waheed Tanveer (TVS Racing, TVS RTR 300) 52; 5. ES Saijith (Kerala, Kawasaki KX) 36.
Class 2 Novice Group C Moto 1: 1. Mahesh VM (Thrissur, Hero Impulse) 40; 2. Kali Mohan (Dindigul, Hero Impulse) 34, 3. Stephen Raj (Coimbatore, Hero Impulse) 22, 4. Irfan Pasha (TVS Racing, TVS RTR) 16, 5. Fabin Jose (Cochin, Hero Impulse) 15.
Class 5 Indian Experts Group C: 1. Jagdeesh Kumar (Coimbatore, Hero Impulse) 40; 2. Mahesh VM (Thrissur, Hero Impulse) 28, 3. Stephen Raj (Coimbatore, Hero Impuse) 28, 4. Rajendra RE (TVS Racing, TVS RTR) 22, 5. R Natraj (TVS Racing, TVS RTR180) 22.
Class 6 Private Experts Group C: 1. Mahesh VM (Thrissur, Hero Impulse) 34, 2. Jagdeesh Kumar (Bangaluru, Hero Impulse) 30, 3. Naresh VS (Bangaluru, Hero Impulse) 29, 4. Stephen Raj (Coimbatore, Hero Impuse) 24, 5. Suhail Ahmed (Bengaluru, Hero Impuse) 15.
Class 7 SX2 Group A: 1. Sajith ES (Thrissur, KX250) 68, 2. Adnan Ahmed (Mangalore, YZ125) 67, 3. Prithvi Singh (Chandigarh, KX250F) 58, 4. Suhail Ahmed (Bangalore, KTM 350) 50, 5. MS Prince (New Delhi, Yamaha YZ250) 41.
Class 8 Junior SX Group A/B/C/D: 1. Yuvraj Kondedeshmukh (Pune, KTM 85SX) 38, 2. Aadil Correya (Cochin, XP125) 33, 3. Prajwal V (Bangalore KTM 85SX) 32, 4. Karan Karle (Cochin, KTM SX65) 21, 5. Ikshan Shanbag (Satara, KTM 65SX) 20.

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