Honda's Sethu completes double; Ahmed, Anish post wins
Rajiv Sethu of Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing underlined his class, by scrambling to a heart-stopping win, his fourth in a row in the Pro-Stock 165cc class, in the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track at Sriperumbudur near here on Sunday.
Chennai : Rajiv Sethu of Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing underlined his class, by scrambling to a heart-stopping win, his fourth in a row in the Pro-Stock 165cc class, in the third round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track at Sriperumbudur near here on Sunday.
K Y Ahamed brought some cheer for TVS Racing on a day dominated by Honda as he topped the premier 301-400cc class by a comfortable margin to move within three points of his team-mate Deepak Ravikumar (101 points) on the leaderboard.
Ravikumar finished third Sunday behind Saturday's Race-1 winner, Rahil Shetty (Sparks Racing).
Also hogging the limelight were Bengaluru-based Anish Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) and Chennai's Venkatesan (Moto Maniacz Racing) who both achieved a double this weekend in the Pro-Stock 201-300cc and Novice (Stock 165cc) categories, respectively, while Ryhana Bee (Sparks Racing), also from Chennai, took the honours in the Girls race.
Sethu, who is growing in stature with each outing and scored a double win in the previous round, held off a late-chargie from KY Ahamed despite a bad start and issues with his bike as the duo crossed the finish line in close formation within one-hundredth of a second between them.
Sethu's team-mate and fellow-international, Sarath Kumar, completed the podium.
The victory took Sethu to the top of the leaderboard with 100 points, ahead of Jagan Kumar of TVS Racing (94) and Sarath Kumar (93).
Anish Shetty, in notching his third win in a row, cemented his position at the top of the championship in his category with 90 points. Shetty again led a 1-2-3 finish for his team like Saturday with Abhishek Vasudev and Aravind Balakrishnan in tow in that order.
Chennai's Ryhana Bee, with the win today, her second in three rounds, took a sizeable lead in the championship with 68 points.
Defending champion and team-mate Ann Jennifer crashed in the last of the five laps after Ryhana overtook her.
Alisha Abdullah (Alishaa Racing) was second followed by private entrant Nivetha Jessica who is now second on the leaderboard with 42 points ahead of Ann Jennifer (40) with two more rounds to be run in the coming weeks.
Later, Md Mikail, a 15-year old from Chennai, won his second race of the weekend riding the FIM Moto3-spec NSF 250R in the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup, putting in a lap of 01:47.974, in the process.
Results (Provisional, all 8 laps unless mentioned): National Championship:
Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race-2): 1.KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) (15mins, 32.793secs); 2. Rahil Shetty (Sparks Racing) (15:35.179); 3. Deepak Ravikumar (TVS Racing) (15:44.637).
Pro-Stock 201-300cc (Race-2): 1. Anish Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (16:13.776); 2. Abhishek Vasudev (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (16:26.707); 3. Aravind Balakrishnan (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (16:31.680).
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race-2): 1. Rajiv Sethu (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) (16:07.022); 2. Ahamed KY (16:07.032); 3. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing)(16:15.267).
Novice (Stock 165cc) Race-2 (6 laps): 1. Venkatesan I (Motomaniacz Racing) (13:13.563); 2. Lokesh V (Speedup Racing) (13:14.839); 3. Annish Samson (Speedup Racing) (13:21.887).
Girls (Stock 165cc, 5 laps): 1. Ryhana Bee (Sparks Racing) (11:09.174); 2. Alisha Abdullah (Alishaa Racing) (11:12.948); Nivetha Jessica (Pvt) (11:32.874).
One-Make Championship: Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup NSF 250R (Race-2): 1. Md Mikail (Chennai) (14:48.615); 2. Kritik Vasant Habib (Gadag) (14:51.398); 3.Kavin Samaar Quintal (Chennai) (14:51.669).
CBR 150 (Novice, Race-2, 6 laps): 1. Samuel Martin (Bengaluru) (13:15.112); 2. Lal Nunsanga (Aizwal) (13:15.162); 3. S Deepak Kumar (Chennai) (13:18.127).
TVS Open (RR 310, Race-2): 1. Aravind Ganesh (Chennai) (16:06.657); 2. Karthik Mateti (Hyderabad) (16:06.806); 3. Anup Kumar (Chennai) (16:07.154).
Novice (RTR 200, Race-2, 6 laps): 1. Venkatesan I (Chennai) (13:12.481); 2. Lokesh V (Bengaluru) (13:20.336); 3. Alwin Sundar (Chennai) (13:20.372).