Round 1 of the INRC also saw the debut of the Honda Hornet 2.0 One Make Race.
Rajini Krishnan and Jagan Kumar have kicked off the 2021 MRF MMSC Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) with a dominant display, winning both races in their respective categories. Round 1 of the championship was held at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT).
Read on to find out how the races panned out in each category:
Superbike racing ace Rajini Krishnan won both Pro-Stock 301-400cc races, astride a Yamaha R3. Despite making a poor start in Race 1 and dropping to 7th place, he was able to carve through the field to secure a comfortable win ahead of Rahil Shetty (Gusto Racing) and Anish Damodara Shetty (Race Concepts).
Krishnan put on an even stronger display in the next race, to win easily from reigning champion KY Ahamed (TVS Racing) and Anish Shetty.
Defending champion Jagan Kumar also picked up two wins for TVS Racing, riding an Apache RTR 160. Race 1 saw Kumar finish well ahead of Honda racer Rajiv Sethu. But Sethu ensured Kumar would have to work hard for his next win, chasing him through all eight laps of Race 2.
TVS’ other rider Deepak Ravikumar finished 3rd in both the races.
Both Novice Stock 165cc races were marred by crashes. AS Motorsports’ Alwin Sundar secured his first national-level win in Race 1 after Allwin Xavier crashed on the last lap. He followed that up with a dominating win in Race 2 the next day.
RACR Castrol Power Racing’s Ryhana Bee picked up a win in the Girls Stock 165cc category , making her return to racing after an injury put her out of competition for a year. The race saw defending champion Ann Jennifer (Sparks Racing) and Lani Zena Fernandez (Speed Up Racing) crash out on the third lap, giving Bee a clear run to victory
The round saw the introduction of the new Honda Hornet 2.0 one-make series, which saw Kevin Kannan take home wins in both races. Sudheer Sudhakar scored a double podium result.
Speaking with Autocar India earlier, Prabhu Nagaraj, senior vice president – brand and communication,Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, said Honda is looking at opening up the series to customers as well in the future.