National Motorcycle: Honda, TVS share wins in Chennai
Factory teams from Honda and TVS shared the spoils as the second round of MRF MMSC National Motorcycle Racing Championship concluded in Chennai on Sunday.
TVS Racing took yet another victory in the premier Pro-Stock 301-400cc category, Deepak Ravikumar putting on an authoritative display to complete the weekend sweep.
The Chennai-born racer won by nearly 15-seconds from Team Alisha Abdullah’s Amarnath Menon, with KY Ahamed making it two TVS riders in third.
TVS, however, lost out to Honda in a direct battle between the two manufacturers in the Pro-Stock 165cc category.
The race went down to the wire, with Honda’s Rajiv Sethu making a final corner move stick to pull off a stunning victory over seven-time National champion and TVS rider Jagan Kumar.
Ahamed finished third, but over two seconds behind the leading duo.
Anish Shetty, Honda Racing India
Photo by: Srinivasa Krishnan
Honda also took top honours in the Pro-Stock 200-300cc, courtesy of former Asia Road Racing Championship rider Anish Shetty.
Shetty, who raced in the Asia Production 250cc category of ARRC last year, beat Erula Racing’s Mathan Kumar by a slender margin of 0.069s in a two-horse race for victory.
Abhishek V, also of Honda, completed the podium spots, but had no answer to the pace of the top two.
As again the National classes were supported by a host of one-make races organised by Honda and TVS.
S Varoon won the second ever Honda NSF 250 race for Moto3-spec bikes, while Lal Nunsanga took the top spot in the lower CBR 150 division.
The TVS Apache RTR 310 and RTR 200 races were won by Vivek Pillai and Venkatesan, both completing a fine double in the second round of the championship.
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