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National Motorcycle Racing Championship: Titles up for the grabs as the stage is set for final round

Rajini Krishnan

Bengaluru, September 29: Many titles are up for the grabs as the stage is set for the fifth and final round of the MRF Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI) Indian national motorcycle championship to be held at the Madras International Circuit in Irungattukottai near Chennai from Friday (September 30).

Commanding most attention over the weekend are the two premier categories, Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open and Pro-Stock 165cc Open where the battle for championships could go down to the wire, going by the extremely close races this season that has attracted nearly 200 entries for each round.

As per a media release, the promoters MMSC -- celebrating their 70th anniversary -- have put together a 20-race card for the weekend.

"It has been an exciting season thus far with India's top riders and two-wheeler manufacturers, Honda, TVS, Yamaha and KTM, battling for honours, with our sponsors, MRF Tyres, providing invaluable support. The final weekend should see a continuation of the trend of close races that has kept everyone on the edge of the seat," said MMSC President Ajit Thomas.

Seasoned pros

Seasoned pros

Seasoned campaigner Rajini Krishnan (RACR Castrol Power1), in line for his 11th national career title, has 161 points in the kitty going into the Pro-Stock 301-400cc Open double-header that offers a maximum of 50 points.

Placed behind him on the leaderboard are Petronas TVS Racing's KY Ahamed (126) and Deepak Ravikumar (125). Thus, Rajini needs 16 more points this weekend to seal the championship.

Three-way battle

Three-way battle

It is a three-way battle in the Pro-Stock 165cc category involving Pacer Yamaha's Mathana Kumar (126 points), Rajiv Sethu of Idemitsu Honda SK69 Racing (109) and Prabhu Arunagiri (Pacer Yamaha, 104) ahead of the twin races.

Hubballi's Sarvesh Balappa (Axor Sparks Racing), with five wins and a podium finish from eight races so far, has taken an unassailable 58-point lead in the Novice (Stock 165cc) category while Ann Jennifer (Alpha Racing), the 2020 champion, has a slender nine-point advantage over Mumbai's Jagruthi Kiran Penkar (Axor Sparks Racing) in the Girls (Stock 165cc) class

Crowning glory

Crowning glory

Pune youngster Sarthak Chavan enjoys a 30-point advantage in the NSF 250R class of the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup while Kolhapur's Raheesh Mudassar Khatri is virtually assured of the crown in the Novice (CBR 150) category with eight wins from eight starts.

The Petronas TVS one-make Championship organised by MMSC comprises four categories -- Open (Apache RR 310), Rookie, Girls and Media (all RTR 200).

Vroom time in Chennai!

Vroom time in Chennai!

Hyderabad's Rahil Pillarisetty requires only five more points from two races this weekend to clinch the title in the Open class, while Bengaluru teenager Chiranth Viswanath has effectively sealed the championship in the Rookie category having won all eight races so far, and Aditi Krishnan, also from Bengaluru, with four wins from as many outings, enjoys an unbeatable lead in the Girls class.

Buck up guys! Fasten your seat belts! It's vroom time in Chennai!

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Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 14:45 [IST]
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