Deepak Ravikumar (TVS Racing) and Sankar Sarath Kumar
(Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing) survived a day of drama and crashes to post
deserved wins in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc and Pro-Stock 165cc categories,
respectively, as the first round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle
Racing Championship 2019 sparked to life at the Kari Motor Speedway here on
Starting sixth, Ravikumar, nursing injuries he suffered during last week’s testing,
overcame pain and discomfort to score a merited win in the premium Pro-Stock 301-
400cc race after pole-sitter Prabhu Arunagiri (Team Alisha Abdullah) and Jagan
Kumar (TVS Racing) came together in the second of the 10-lap race. While Arunagiri
retired, Jagan Kumar, who had started second on the grid, got up and continued to
In second place behind Ravikumar was TVS Racing’s KY Ahamed, followed by
Gusto Racing’s Satyanarayana Raju who was nursing a collar-bone fracture.
Earlier, the two outstanding riders in the Pro-Stock 165cc race were the eventual
winner Sarath Kumar and third-placed Jagan Kumar. Sarath, 26, overcame a poor
start that pushed him to sixth before he climbed his way to the front for a comfortable
win by over five seconds.
Behind him, seven-times Super Sport National champion Jagan, starting from the pitlane after the chain snapped during the formation lap, requiring quick repairs, rode
like the wind as he cut through the field to finish third behind team-mate KY Ahamed
who also did extremely well after starting eighth on the grid following this morning’s
Reflecting on his first win in three years, Sarath said: “It feels great to win a race
after I think three years. I did not have a good start and was running sixth going into
Turn-1, but I was confident of making up and by the second lap, I was ahead.
Thereafter, it was fairly comfortable
“It has been a frustrating three years during which I was part of the development
programme. I also put on weight during that time, going up to 76 Kgs which is far too
heavy for a 165cc bike. So, I reduced my weight to 66 Kgs, but still concede about
12 Kgs to Jagan. I had a strategy today, but unfortunately, he had a technical issue,
so, I didn’t need to employ that strategy. Tomorrow, I know, he will be with me, but I
Jagan, who was chaired to the garage after the post-race weigh-in by his team
members, said: “The chain snapped and so I had to start from the pitlane after
repairs. Otherwise, it was a good race and am happy to finish third considering the
circumstances. Hopefully, I will have a better race tomorrow.”
The day started with Sparks Racing’s Vijay S taking the honours in the Stock 165cc
(Novice) race that was red-flagged after just two laps following crashes.
Varoon (Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup, CBR 150), Anish Samson (TVS 200 RR,
Novice), Lani Zena Fernandez (TVS 200 RR Girls) and Anand R (TVS 310RR Open)
were the other winners of the day.
The results (Provisional):
National Championship – Pro-Stock 301-400cc (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Deepak Ravi
Kumar (TVS Racing) (11 mins, 40.315 secs); 2. KY Ahemed (TVS Racing)
(11:41.960); 3. Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing) (11:58.709).
Pro-Stock 165cc (Race 1, 10 laps): 1. Sarath Kumar (Idemitsu Honda Ten10 Racing)
(12:23.441); 2. Ahamed KY (TVS Racing) (12:26.672); 3. Jagan Kumar (TVS
Stock 165cc (Race 1, 7 laps): 1. Vijay S (Sparks Racing) (09:29.877); 2. Manoj Y
(Pvt) (09:31.371); 3. Abhimanyu Gautam (Sparks Racing) (09:36.358).
One-Make Championship – Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup (CBR 150) Race 1 (10 laps):
- Varoon (13:31.952); 2. Lalrinuala Tlau (13:51.910); 3. Charan T (14:11.186).
TVS (Open, RR 310) Race 1 (10 laps): 1. Anand R (12:17.045); 2. Aravind Ganesh
(12:18.822); 3. Soorya PM (12:18.865).
Novice (RR 200) Race 1 (4 laps): 1. Anish Samson (05:34.808); 2. Manoj Y
(05:34.860); 3. Ullas Santruptnanda (05:36.011).
Girls (RR 200): 1. Lani Zena Fernandez (04:19.084); 2. Nivetha Jessica (04:19.766);
- Shifa Shabir Ahmed (04:35.568).