Pune: International rider Sarath Kumar of Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing turned on the power to grab his maiden pole position in the premier Super Sport (165cc) class to kick-start his campaign in the third round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT, on Friday.
In the process, Sarath, fourth in the championship, upstaged his two arch-rivals, KY Ahamed from TVS Racing and defending champion Jagan Kumar, with a flying lap of 01min, 55.506secs, but just two-tenths of a second separated the trio. Championship leader and another Honda rider Rajiv Sethu was placed fifth behind TVS Racing’s Deepak Ravikumar.
In the Pro-Stock Pro-Stock (301-400cc) category, Team Alisha Abdullah rider Prabhu Arunagiri took the pole position with a best lap of 01min, 54.808secs ahead of the top two in this class, Gusto Racing India team-mates Satyanarayana Raju 01:55.141 and Amarnath Menon 01:55.634. Incidentally, it was Arunagiri’s first pole position in any category in six years.
Super Sport Indian (165cc): 1. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) 01min, 55.506secs; 2. KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) 01:55.629; 3. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) 01:55.710.
Pro-Stock (301-400cc): 1. Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah) (01min,54.808secs; 2. Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing India) 01:55.141; 3. Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing India) 01:55.634.
Pro-Stock (165cc): 1. Mithun Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) 02mins, 00.842secs; 2. Kevin Kannan (Team Rockers) 02:01.386; 3. Anish Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) 02:01.913.
Girls (Stock, 165cc): 1. Ann Jennifer (Sparks Racing) 02mins, 33.514secs; 2. Alisha Abdullah (Team Abdullah) 02:33.561; 3. Shruthi Nagarajan (Apex Racing Academy) 02:37.037.
MMSC One-Make Championship (Novice) - TVS Apache RTR 200: 1. Karthik Mateti (Hyderabad) 02mins, 16.667secs; 2. Suhail Ahamed 02:18.707; 3. Anand R 02:19.394.
Girls (TVS Apache 200): 1. Ann Jennifer (Chennai) 02mins, 21.724; 2. Ryhana Bee (Chennai) 02:21.885;Sayali Pawar (Mumbai) 02:28.545.