Chennai: Rajiv Sethu, aged 18, showed maturity far beyond his age as he zipped past all other racers to secure the first place in the premium Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) class race, in the second round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Morocycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track on Saturday.
Rajiv’s victory also gave a boost to the spirit of the Honda team, which won the maximum number of podium finishes. In the the Pro-Stock class that was run on a combined grid with the Super Sport Indian (165cc), Aravind Balakrishnan, only 22, topped the class, clocking in a time of 12:50.292 mins.
The 300-400cc category saw Kerala’s Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) scoring a dominant win. Vivek Pillai from Rockers Racing followed in second with Deepak Ravikumar right at his heels.
In the Girls (Stock, up to 165cc) category, Ryhana Bee, the 23-year old from Chennai studying shipping and logistics, pulled off a fine win over pole-sitter Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) with a late-braking manoeuvre at Turn-4 mid-way through the five-lap race. Aishwarya a seasoned player managed to secure the third position right behind Madhya Pradesh’s Kalyani Potekar.
Sethu who had started at pole position fell back in the first few laps as TVS Racing’s Jagan Kumar lead the race. However in the third lap Jagan experienced some technical glitches and has to drop out, Sethu taking the cue overtook TVS Racing’s KY Ahamed and Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) with about three seconds to spare, to win the race.
As the day progressed there were even more intense battles to be witnessed. In the Pro-Stock class, Mithun Kumar who began from pole position was shifted to the back of the combined grid for having missed the warm-up lap due to mechanical problems. It left Aravind Balakrishnan and Aravind Ganesh (Team MotoRev) battling each other. Both made determined efforts and made an excellent show for the spectators before Balakrishnan finally took the lead.
In the 300-400cc class race though, Menon having started second on the grid behind Deepak Ravikumar (Team MotoRev), was in a league of his own once he got into his stride that saw him move up from third to first and then extend his lead with each lap for another commanding win. Vivek Pillai (Rockers Racing) finished second while Ravikumar came in third.
National Championship: Super Sport Indian (Up to 165cc) (6 laps): 1. Rajiv Sethi (Honda Ten 10 Racing) 12 mins, 02.236secs; 2. KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) 12:05.154; 3. Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) 12:07.398.
Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) ( 6 laps): 1. Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) 11mins, 56.238secs; 2. Vivek Pillai (Rockers Racing) 11:59.744; 3. Deepak Ravikumar (Team MotoRev) 12:03.661.
Pro-Stock (Up to 165cc) (6 laps): 1. Aravind Balakrishnan (Honda Ten10 Racing) 12mins, 50.292secs; 2. Aravind Ganesh (Team MotoRev) 12:50.712; 3. Naresh Babu (RACR) 12:50.912.
Girls (Stock, Up to 165cc) (5 laps): 1. Ryhana Bee (Speed Up Racing) 11mins, 43.645secs; 2. Kalyani Potekar (Team Speed Up Racing) 11:46.130; 3. Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) 11:46.783.
One-Make Championship: Honda CBR 150 (Novice - 5 laps): 1. Amala Jerald (Chennai) 11mins, 28.014secs; 2. Vysakh Sobhan (Kerala) 11:28.196; 3. Mahesh Murali (Thiruvananthapuram) 11:28.226.
TVS Apache RTR200 Open (6 laps): 1. Prabhu V (Chennai) 13mins, 20.820secs; 2. Sivanesan S (Chennai) 13:20.867; 3. Yashas RL (Bengaluru) 13:26.414.
Novice (6 laps): 1. Peddu Sri Harsha (Hyderabad) 13mins, 49.082; 2. Shankar Guru A (Chennai) 14:01.893; 3. Venkatesan I (Chennai) 14.06.260.