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Rajiv Sethu claims double win in 2nd round of National Motorcycle Racin

IANS  |  Chennai 

Local lad (Idemitsu Ten10 Racing) ended the weekend on a high by achieving a double in the 165cc class as the second round of the MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship concluded at the MMRT here on Sunday.

In a virtual repeat of Saturday's Race-1, Sethu scored another win over national champion Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) who, after leading for much of the eight-lap race, yielded ground and finished second ahead of Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Ten10 Racing), according to a release.

The double win took Sethu to the top of the championship standings with 70 points, well clear of defending champion Jagan (62).

Also scoring wins on the day were Kozhikode's who led a 1-2 finish for Gusto Racing in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc class, of RACR (Pro-Stock 165cc) and who headed a Sparks Racing podium sweep in the Novice category while also setting a lap record in this class.

Sethu and Jagan were again locked in a tight fight from the start. Pole-sitter Jagan, though managed to stay ahead of Sethu, could not pull away. In the penultimate of the eight-lap race, Sethu finally moved past Jagan to emerge comfortable winner.

was involved in a three-way battle that included Saturday's Race-1 winner and team-mate Sathyanarayana Raju and Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah).

As the race progressed, Menon and Raju swapped lead positions lap by lap while opening up a gap on Arunagiri.

Eventually, Menon got his nose in front and hung on to win his second race of the season with Raju in second spot followed by Arunagiri. Menon now heads the championship in this class with 72 points, 11 clear of Raju.

Earlier, Sparks Racing team swept all three podium spots in the Novice (Stock, 165cc) category race with Mateti, a 19-year old Commerce student from Hyderabad, (Bengaluru) and Alexander AS (Chennai) taking the chequered flag in that order after a close fight. After two rounds, Mateti and Rao are tied with 43 points apiece, having one race apiece.

The results (Provisional -- all 8 laps unless mentioned):

(165cc) - Race 2: 1. (Idemitsu Ten 10 Racing) (15mins, 37.026sec); 2. Jagan Kumar (TVS Racing) (15:40.465); 3. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) (15:57.911).

Pro-Stock (165cc) - Race 2: 1. (RACR) (16:57.586); 2. (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) (17:03.115); 3. Senthil Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten 10 Racing) (17:07.286).

Pro-Stock (301-400cc) - Race 2: 1. K (Gusto Racing India) (15:37.673); 2. Sathyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing India) (15:38.943); 3. Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah) (15:39.216).

Novice (Stock 165cc, 6 laps): 1. (Sparks Racing) (13:01.676); 2. I (Sparks Racing) (13.04.384); 3. Alexander AS (Sparks Racing) (13:04.663).

Talent Cup 2018 organised by MMSC - Open (CBR 250cc) Race 2: 1. Anish Shetty (Bengaluru) (16:48.671); 2. (Bengaluru) (16:49.460); 3. (16:49.692). Novice (CBR 150cc) Race 2 (6 laps): 1. (13:23.224); 2. (Karnataka) (13:34.011); 3. (Kerala) 13:47.298.

TVS One-Make Championship - Open (Apache R310) Race 2: 1. (16:21.188); 2. (16:21.244); 3. Yashas RL (Bengaluru) (16:30.900). Novice (Apache 200) Race 2 (6 laps): 1. (Hyderabad) (13:37.283); 2. Venkatesan (Chennai) (13:50.679); 3. Alexander AS (Chennai) (13:50.726).

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 18:20 IST
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