PUNE: Rugved Barguje’s title hopes at the National Dirt Track championship received a boost a few days before the start of the second round with Team TVS Racing arranging RTR300 bike for the Pune rider.
“I used my personal bike KTM SFX 350 in the first round in Kolhapur, but my team decided to prep me up to consolidate my lead in this three-round championship that ends in Chennai later this month,” said Rugved as he went through the paces and practiced on the RTR 300 machine.
The Pune-based national supercross rider is competing in the foreign open class and in the second and penultimate round here he is hoping to continue his winning streak in the MMSC-FMSCI Indian National Dirt Track championship on the home turf at Hadapsar Ground behind Gadital here on Sunday.
Rugved was the clear winner in the Foreign Open Upto 500cc Group A class riding his KTM SFX 350, at the Mohite’s Racing Academy in Kolhapur on December 24.
While Barguje leads the championship in seniors class, Yuvraj Kondedeshmukh heads the Juniors class meant for Under-15 for bikes upto 500cc.
In Kolhapur, Barguje beat Nashik’s Yash Pawar, who rode Kawasaki KX 250, while Badal Doshi of Mumbai finished third on an identical bike as Barguje.
The championship will be conducted in 13 different classes out of which only five are National championship classes—Foreign Open, Novice (upto 250cc 4-stroke), Juniors, Group B Open, Expert Open, Group C Open (4-stroke upto 250cc).
“We are conducting National Dirt Track championship in Hadapsar for the first time in 30 years at a place where Pune’s motorsports was born,” said Prafull Sancheti of Moto Dreamz.
“Many motorsports enthusiasts know that 30 years ago motorsports in this city was born in Hadapsar that’s why we wanted to take this championship to where it all began in the city,” said Sancheti.
The flat dirt track at the SB Tupe Road in Malwadi is 1.2-km in length with a long straight patch, a few long sweps and four left-handers and as many right-handers.
“The championship is hosted by Moto Dreamz under the aegis of the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) and sanctioned by the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI).
Rugved, who rides for Team TVS Racing is though participating as an individual entry as the Hosur-based team has not sent any official entries.
“I am juggling with my studies and riding and I decided to take part in this championship as two rounds were in Maharashtra itself.
The third and final round will be held in Chennai on January 20-21.
Unlike in Supercross where the course has a lot of bumps, table tops, whoops and turns, Dirt track racing involves rider to complete the flat course made of dirt.
- Group A: Seniors (Upto 500cc); Juniors (Upto 260cc).
- Group B: Seniors (Upto 260cc);
- Group C: Seniors (Upto 260cc); Novice (Upto 260cc); 2-Stroke; Ladies Motorcycle; Men Scooter; Ladies Scooter.
- Royal Enfield: Open; Royal Enfield Club Race; Royal Enfield Himalayan; Royal Enfield (Upto 350cc); Royal Enfield (Upto 550cc).