Stage for the fourth round of the national motorcycle racing competition
Chennai, September 5 () Interesting battles are expected in the fourth and penultimate round of the MRF MMSC-FMSCI 2019 National Motorcycle Championship at the MMRT in nearby Sriperumbudur over the weekend.
The country's main two-wheel racers and manufacturers, Honda, TVS, Yamaha and KTM will return to action as the race for top honors intensifies.
The Pro-Stock categories comprising the 301-400cc premium class in addition to 201-300cc and 165cc, all with MRF plain tires, have witnessed exciting battles during the season.
Entering the fourth round, the TVS Racing pair of Deepak Ravikumar (101 points) and KY Ahamed (98) based in Chennai, both with two wins each of six starts, lead the 301-400cc class where the defending champion Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing) is placed sixth with 51 points with only one victory.
In class 201-300cc, Anish Shetty (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing), based in Bengaluru, sits comfortably with 90 points after a hat-trick of victories, well ahead of his teammate and Bengalurean teammate Abhishek Vasudev (63).
The popular Pro-Stock 165cc class has seen rivals Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing and TVS Racing for a long time, immersed in a fierce fight.
Honda's international driver, Rajiv Sethu of Chennai, after missing the first round due to his commitments in Japan, won four straight races to lead the championship with 100 points, ahead of seven-time national champion Jagan Kumar of TVS Racing (94 ) which in turn enjoys a one point advantage over Sarath Kumar of Honda.
Both Jagan and Sarath have won one race each.
The Rookie class (Stock 165cc), with its grid of 40 bicycles and full of talent, has I Venkatesan (Moto Maniacz Racing) from Chennai in the lead with 98 points with Abhimanyu Gautam (Sparks Racing, 80) from Jind, Haryana and Bengaluru's Annish Samson (Speed Up Racing, 70) in tow.
Ryhana Bee (Sparks Racing), having won two consecutive races, is approaching the female title with a total of 68 points, while defending champion and teammate Ann Jennifer (40) is third behind private participant Nivetha Jessica (42).
The active participation of the manufacturers of two-wheelers in the championship expanded the network and caught a group of new talents. The championship received a great boost with Honda presenting the NSF 250R motorcycles with FIM Moto3 specifications, the fastest in the championship and mounted by successful hungry teenagers, all part of the Idemitsu Honda India Talent Cup program designed to dig up and cultivate talent. SS ROH ROH