National Motorcycle: TVS scores one-two finish in Chennai
Deepak Ravikumar and KY Ahamed helped TVS Racing secure a one-two finish in the second round of MRF MMSC National Motorcycle Racing Championship in Chennai.
Ravikumar led cleanly away from pole position and gradually pulled away from teammate Ahamed, eventually taking the winning honours in the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc category by a healthy margin of 5.967s.
The fight for victory was less one-sided in the other national categories, with the Pro-Stock 165cc and 201-300 races decided in the dying moments.
Honda India rider Rajiv Sethu initially tucked in behind TVS rival Jagan Kumar as the Pro-Stock 165cc began, before making a brave move at Bridge Complex on the penultimate lap to steal the win.
Yashas RL of Honda completed the podium, nearly 12 seconds behind seven-time National champion Jagan. RL was fortunate to pick up that spot after Ravikumar, who had originally been running third on a weekend of double duty, ran into bike issues.
Rajiv Sethu, Honda Racing India
Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan
The Pro-stock 201-300cc race went down to the final lap, with Erula Racing’s Mathan Kumar taking a last-gasp win over factory Honda rider Aravind Balakrishnan.
The two riders crossed the finishing line virtually side-by-side, Mathan’s winning margin a slender 0.032s.
Saturday’s undercard included a whole host of one-make races by Honda and TVS. Mohammed Mikail took a historic first win in the new Moto3-spec NSF 250 category, while Samuel Martin of Bangalore claimed victory in the lower CBR 150 class.
Vivek Pillai and Venkatesan, both of Chennai, were declared winners in TVS Apache RTR310 and RTR200 categories respectively. The TVS Girls race was won by Nivetha Jessica.
The second round of the National Motorcycle Championship continues at the Madras Motor Race Track on Sunday, with one race scheduled in every major class.
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