- Racing action returns to MMRT track
- Over 200 entries for National bike championship
- 2017 Drag Championship set to start
Chennai, July 6: After a four-month summer break, high octane action returns to the MMRT track in Sriperumbudur, near here this weekend with the second round of the MRF MMSC Fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship.
The weekend programme includes the inaugural round of the 2017 MMSC FMSCI Indian National Drag Racing Championship for two-wheelers that will see an exciting congregation of bikers and their machines.
To top it, country’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers Honda and TVS are having their separate One-Make Championships in Novice and Open classes where competition, as witnessed in the first round in Coimbatore last month, is extremely sharp.
While the 19 races are spread over three days, beginning Friday with qualifying sessions, the Drag competition gets underway on Saturdayafternoon with practice runs, followed by the final runs on Sunday, making for one of the busiest weekends in recent memory.
The two-wheeler races have again attracted over 200 entries in the Super Sport Indian (300-400cc and 165cc), Pro-Stock, Stock and Girls categories which comprise the National Championship.The championship for girls proved to be an unqualified success with Bengaluru’s Aishwarya Pissay of Apex Racing Academy winning a tight battle against Madhya Pradesh’s Kalyani Potekar (Team Speed Up Racing).
“We are very pleased with the response for the girls’ championship and we are hoping that the entries keep increasing through the season,” said Manoj Dalal, Chairman of the Meet.
As in the past, the Super Sport Indian (165cc) double-header is the showpiece of the weekend with country’s top two-wheeler racers. Reigning National champion Jagan Kumar along with his TVS Racing mates KY Ahamed and Harry Sylvester, besides Honda Ten10 Racing’s Rajiv Sethu and Mathana Kumar are set to renew their rivalry that is marked by plenty of thrills.
With two podium finishes in the first round, Mathana Kumar heads the championship with 36 points as against 29 of Jagan Kumar who after dropping points in Race-1 won by Sethu, bounced back to win the second outing in Coimbatore.
Equally competitive is the Pro-Stock class that will be run concurrently with the Super Sport Indian (165cc). Young Mithun Kumar of Honda Ten10 Racing has already had a head-start, having won both the races in this class in Coimbatore and will be looking to extend his domination.
In the Super Sport Indian (300-400cc) class, Kerala’s Amarnath Menon of Gusto Racing won both the races in Coimbatore with a measure of comfort and again, he will be the rider to beat in this class.
The Stock (165cc) class for Novice riders proved to be a huge success with over 50 entries for the first round that necessitated in qualifying heats to arrive at a grid of 40 for the point-bearing final race. It will be much the same this weekend.