Pune: Chinar Hills near Indore will reverberate with the roar of bikes when R Natraj leads the field of 47 riders in the second round of the MRF MoGrip FMSCI National 2-wheeler rally championship here on Sunday.
Natraj was the first rider to take ceremonial start at the flag-off given by the Superintendent of Police, Indore, before the riders took the course for the mandatory recce round.
The championship course is of 17.11 kilometre long which the riders will go over thrice to complete the distance.
“The course is a combination of dirt and tarmac before the riders would head into the quarries and hill area in the Chinar Hills near Indore bypass,” said Amit Waghchoure, Clerk-of-the Course for the first four rounds of the National two-wheeler championship.
The pre-rally day saw 52 riders line up for documentation and scrutiny, but only 47 made it through the strict process of scrutiny, to avoid any safety issues that may arise during the rally.
“Indore was a revelation last year during National Supercross championship and also we got good response during National 2-wheeler rally we had to come back here this year again,” said Shyam Kothari, Director of Godspeed Racing, the promoters of the championship.
While Krishnagiri’s Natraj, riding for TVS Racing, will be the man to be watch on his powerful RTR 450FX, the continued absence of injured TVS rider Abdul Waheed Tanweer has opened up the rally for others to challenge Natraj.
Like is Baroda last week, TVS Racing riders Rajendra RE and Suhail Ahmed will ride in Class 4 and will try to keep the TVS flag flying.
In the Locals class, there are seven entrants from Madhya Pradesh, who will fight for “Star of Madhya Pradesh” trophy.
The Ladies category in Indore has received four entries, which include Aishwarya Pissay of TVS Racing, Fazeela U, Gurmail Kaur and Richa Patel.
There are two entries from Pune—Pinkesh Thakkar (Aprilia SR150) and Navendu Singh (Karizma).