The 3rd Round of the 2012 MMSC - Sidvin FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship will take place at the MMRT in Chennai this weekend with a record 250 entries confirmed. The Championship will see leading motorcycle manufacturers Honda, Yamaha & TVS participating this weekend which includes a massive 23 races.
While a lot of attention has been paid to 4-wheel racing in India since the inaugural Formula One Indian GP, this is a clear sign that motorcycle racing is also on the rise in India. With India all set to host the World Superbike Championship in 2013, this will serve as a perfect platform for young Indian riders. This weekend’s racing will also showcase the top motorcycles available in the country. The motorcycles on display will include the Honda CBR 250R, Yamaha YZF R15, TVS Apache RTR 180, Honda CBR 150R, Honda CBF Stunner and many more.
FMSCI President Vicky Chandhok was thrilled with the response received for the 2012 MMSC-Sidvin FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Championship. He said, “The response this year has been phenomenal and a positive sign for the future of motorcycle racing in India. This would not be possible without the involvement of leading motorcycle manufacturers such as TVS, Honda and Yamaha. Hopefully this success will lead to other manufacturers getting involved as well. To have over 250 entries and 23 races over this weekend is testament to the work done by the organizers. We invite all motorcycle enthusiasts to join us this weekend to see not only the top riders in the country, but the best bikes as well.”
This weekend action will resume with Group A (imported) Super Bikes upto 600CC as local hero K Rajini of Motorev India leads with 4 wins in 4 races followed by R Deepak of Preethi Racing with 4 second place finishes. In 3rd M Gautham of Motorev India with 4 third place finishes.
In the Group B fully modified 4 Stroke upto 165CC, Harry Sylvester Team TVS Racing leads his team mate K Jagan by a slender margin of 2 points with Shyam Shankar of Motorev India further behind.
The newly introduced Group C 4 Stroke upto 165CC is for riders above 23 years of age & with riding experience and limited modification of the bike with only Indian made components. Leading the Championship is Shyam Shankar from Chennai of Motorev India followed by Sumit Lucas Topo from Ranchi of Performance Racing and M Sudakar of Musli Power Ten10 Racing.
The Group D 4 Stroke upto 165 CC for Novice Riders sees Arun Muthukrishnan from Chennai leading the championship as a privateer, with Sandesh P from Bengaluru of Performance Racing in 2nd position, followed by R Ramesh Kumar of Team Motorev India in 3rd position.
In the Group D (Unmodified) 4 Stroke upto 130 CC for Novice riders, Kamlesh Thakur from Jalgaon representing Team Sparks Racing dominated by winning the first four races, followed by Abdul Wahab of TVS Racing. K Y Ahmed of TVS Racing, the youngest rider in the National Championship at the age of 16 is in 3rd position.
In the Honda CBR 250R Championship, M. Gautham from MotoRev India leads his teammate A. Prabhu by just 2 points with Privateer Sudhakar Kesavan in third position. This category has received a good response and will field 9 bikes for the first time in the Championship will also see India's MotoGP rider Sarath Kumar back in action.
In the CBR 150R Championship, Arvind Ganesh from Chennai leads with 20 points followed by Sumit Lucas Topo from Ranchi with 16 points and N Abishek from Chennai with 11 points. The CBF Stunner Championship will witness a tough battle as S. Padmanabhan of Chennai is tied with G.R. Santosh of Bangaluru both with 14 points followed by Tamarai Kannan of Chennai with 10 points.
Yamaha have introduced the all new YZF R15 for this year’s championship with Shyam Shankar of Chennai leading from D.Dinesh Kumar and S.K.Prakash of Chennai in the open category. Meanwhile in the YZF R15 Championship for Novice riders, R.Ramesh Kumar from Chennai with 33 points leads P. Sandesh from Bangaluru with 29 points, followed by Mika Viduraj from Andra Pradesh with 19 points.
TVS MMSC One Make Championship
Finally, TVS, the latest entrants in the One Make Championship have introduced the Apache RTR180 Championship for Open riders and Novice Riders. In the Open category, S.K.Prakash of Chennai with 40 points leads Arvind Ganesh of Chennai with 25 points and P. Ananth Raj of Chennai with 23 Points while Rahul G Rathore with 26 points leads Abdul Wahab of Chennai with 20 points and S.Prem Hari of Chennai with 16 points in the Novices.
Qualifying will take place on Saturday morning with 9 races taking place on Saturday afternoon. Sunday will see the remaining 14 races take place.