CHENNAI: Teenager Rajiv Sethu of Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing kept his wits about to win a tense battle against his arch-rival and defending champion Jagan Kumar of TVS Racing in the premier Super Sport Indian 165cc class at the MMRT on Saturday in the second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.
Equally impressive winner was the Anish Shetty, who survived a close battle that went down to the wire, to finish on top in the Pro-Stock 165cc class.
The combined race of Super Sport Indian and Pro-Stock 165cc was reduced from six laps to four following a heavy crash before Turn-3 resulting in a red flag on the very first lap.
The day ended with another big crash, this time in the Girls race of the TVS One-Make Championship as RC Czimkhy fell and was taken to the hospital with injuries. Her condition is said to be stable.
RESULTS: (all 6 laps unless mentioned):
Super Sport Indian (165cc, 4 laps):
Race 1: 1. Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) 7 min, 51.210 sec; 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) 7:53.966; 3. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) 7:54.735.
Pro-Stock (165cc, 4 laps): Race 1: 1. Anish Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) 8:36.405; 2. Senthil Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) 8:36.455; 3. Naresh Babu (RACR) 8:37.318.
Girls (Novice, 165cc, 5 laps): 1. Ann Jennifer AS (Sparks Racing) 11:35.960; 2. Alisha Abdullah (Team Alisha Abdullah) 11:38.525; 3. Sruthi Nagarajan (Apex Racing) 11:38.649.
Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup:
Open (CBR 250cc, 6 laps) Race 1: 1. Anish D Shetty (Hubbali) 12:39.833; 2. Abhishek Vasudev (Bengaluru) 12:39.963; 3. Amit Richard Toppo (Ranchi) 12:40.409.
Novice (CBR 150cc) Race 1: 1. Mohamed Mukail (Chennai) 13:10.085; 2. Akshay V Murali (Kerala) 13:27.386; 3. Anandhu KK (Chennai) 13:38.297.
TVS One-Make Championship:
Open (Apache R310) Race 1: 1. Amarnath Menon (Calicut) 12:22.067; 2. Vivek Pillai (Chennai) 12:22.529; 3. Deepak Ravikumar (Chennai) 12: 22.811.
Novice (Apache 200) Race 1: 1. Karthik Mateti (Hyderabad) 13:41.697; 2. Anand R (Chennai) 13:52.409; 3. Venkatesan (Chennai) 13:58.514.
Girls (Apache 200, 5 laps): 1. Ryhana Bee (Chennai) 11:46.202; 2. Ann Jennifer (Chennai) 11:47.052; 3. Priyanka Kochar (Mumbai) 12:21.837.