At 18, Rajiv Sethu of Honda Ten10 Racing, showing tremendous maturity and came up with a stunning ride to win the premium Super Sport Indian (up to 165cc) class race in the second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship held at the MMRT track, here today.
Aravind Balakrishnan, only 22, brought more cheer to Honda Ten10 Racing team by topping the Pro-Stock class that was run on a combined grid with the Super Sport Indian (165cc), while Kerala's Amarnath Menon (Gusto Racing) scored a dominant win, his third in as many outings, in the 300-400cc category.
In the Girls (Stock, up to 165cc) category, Ryhana Bee, the 23-year-old from Chennai studying shipping and logistics, pulled off a fine win over pole-sitter Aishwarya Pissay (Apex Racing Academy) with a late-braking manoeuvre at Turn-4 mid-way through the five-lap race.
Aishwarya, winner of the first-ever National championship race for girls in Coimbatore last month, eventually came in third behind Madhya Pradesh's Kalyani Potedar (Team Speed Up Racing).
Sethu, starting from pole position, yielded ground to reigning National champion Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) early in the six-lap race.
However, in the third lap, Jagan dropped out of contention due to a technical problem with his bike and Sethu needed no second invitation to forge ahead.
He gradually increased the lead to win from TVS Racing's KY Ahamed and Prabhu Arunagiri (RACR) with about three seconds to spare. "Early in the race, I had some problems with the bike and had no choice but to allow Jagan to pass me, but when he dropped out, I moved in front and did not look back. The team did an excellent job in giving me a winning bike," said Sethu on notching up his second win in three outings.MORE UNI GV CS 1622
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