The fifth and final round of the 2018 MRF Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship took place over the weekend of December 15-16, 2018. The season consisted of multiple categories, some open to novice riders and the more prestigious ones involving factory-sponsored teams and highly experienced racers. All these championships were decided this weekend and we’ve got the exhaustive report for you below.
SUPER SPORT 165cc:
One of the most prestigious classes is the Super Sport 165cc. For an incredible seventh time in a row, the championship was sealed by the TVS factory racer, Jagan Kumar. Jagan didn’t have a great start to the weekend, having crashed into his teammate KY Ahmed in Race 1. Despite not being in top shape for the next day’s race due to a painful wrist, he managed to finish 6th, claiming 8 points, which were enough to see him seal the title.
Race 1 of the weekend saw Deepak Ravikumar of TVS Racing achieve his first win in the Super Sport 165cc class after championship leader and teammates Jagan and Ahmed crashed out in lap 3.
Rajiv Sethu (Honda Ten10 Racing) took the win in Race 2 on Sunday with a total time of 15:41.626s (8 laps), finishing ahead of teammates Sarath Kumar, and Mathana Kumar. Despite the win, Rajiv finished 2nd in the championship.
1. Jagan Kumar - 158 points (TVS Racing)
2. Rajiv - 145 points (Honda Ten10 Racing)
3. Mathana - 130 points (Honda Ten10 Racing)
Team championship: TVS Racing. Manufacturer championship: TVS.
The first race of the category was extremely competitive, with the top three racers finishing within less than 0.4sec of each other. Sathyanarayana Raju of Gusto Racing finished in front (11:32.361), ahead of Rahil Pillarishetty (11:32.647) and Prabhu Arunagiri (11:32.741).
The second race was won by Rahil (15:29.004) and Prabhu (15:29.197) finishing behind him. Sathyanarayana took the 3rd spot on the podium but it was enough for him to win the championship.
1. Sathyanarayana - 159 points (Gusto Racing)
2. Prabhu - 147 points (Team Alisha Abdullah)
3. Amarnath Menon - 142 points (Gusto Racing).
Team championship: Gusto Racing. Manufacturer championship: KTM.
Anish Shetty won the Pro-Stock 165cc championship. Anish won the first race on Saturday and sealed the championship with a race to spare. Anup Kumar placed 2nd and Kannan Subramaniam finished behind him.
Race 2 saw the same faces on the podium with Anish on the top step, and Kannan and Anup swapping places.
1. Anish Shetty - 181 points (Honda Ten10 Racing)
2. Kevin Kannan - 123 points (Rockers Racing)
3. Senthil Kumar - 118 points (Honda Ten10 Racing)
Team championship: Honda Ten10 Racing. Manufacturer championship: Honda.
In the five-lap race on Saturday, Varun Sobhan of Speed Up Racing finished on top with a time of 10:55.058. Private entrant Anand Rajendran finished a very close 2nd, clocking a total of 10:55.086. Venkatesan grabbed the final spot on the podium.
Karthik Mateti had a great overall season and finished on top on Sunday, with Venkatesan and Anand Rajendran behind him.
1. Karthik Mateti - 111 points (Sparks Racing)
2. Aditya Rao Immaneni - 70 points (Sparks Racing)
3. Anand - 50 points (Individual)
Team championship: Sparks Racing. Manufacturer championship: Yamaha.
Honda Talent Cup (CBR 250):
Abhishek Vasudev won the first race of the weekend with title competitor Anish Shetty in 2nd. Aravind Balakrishnan from Chennai took the final step on the podium.
In a tight race on Sunday, Anish and Abhishek traded places, with Anish finally taking the top spot. Aravind finished in 3rd again. Ultimately, the performance was enough for Abhishek to take the championship
1. Abhishek - 171 points
2. Anish - 165 points
3. Senthil Kumar - 140 points
The CBR 150 championship had 3 races over the weekend. Mohamed Mikail took top honours in all three and clinched the championship with a huge margin over his nearest rival.
1. Mohamed - 233 points
2. Anandhu - 151 points
3. Kritik - 133 points
TVS One-Make Ladies Championship :
The two five-lap races over the weekend saw identical results and Ann Jenifer from Chennai won the championship by a narrow margin of 7 points.
Race 1 :
1. Ann Jenifer (11:55.791)
2. Ryhana Bee (12:01.809)
3. Elakiya Lee (12:25.938)
1. Ann Jenifer (11:57.962)
2. Ryhana Bee (12:02.281)
Elakiya Lee (12:13.653)
1. Ann - 111 points
2. Ryhana - 104 points
3. Elakiya - 52 points
TVS Apache RR 310 Open:
In both races over the weekend, Chennai’s Deepak Ravikumar and Amarnath Menon from Calicut finished 1st and 3rd, respectively, in both races over the weekend. The 2nd spot on the podium was claimed by Peddu Sriharsha on Saturday and Kannan on Sunday. The final round saw modified RR 310 race bikes hitting the track with significant weight reduction and stickier tyres that saw the lap times drop significantly. Deepak Ravikumar took a convincing win in the inaugural RR 310 Cup
1. Deepak - 176 points
2. Vivek Pillai - 137 points
3. Yashas - 136 points
TVS Apache RTR200 4V - Novice (6 laps):
The Apache 200 one-make championship is one of the most accessible entries into racing in India. The championship is open to anyone with a license from an FMSCI-certified racing school, and the riders are selected based on time trials.
1. Karthik Mateti (13:54.912
2. Anand Rajendran (13:56.833)
3. Alexander (13:57.024)
1. Anand Rajendran (13:56.527)
2. Alexander (14:07.923)
3. Anish Samson (14:11.845)
Alisha Abdullah inter-collegiate star race (6 laps):
1. David Ryan (12:41.492)
2. R. Vijay Shekar (12:52.715);
3. Mervin Kiran (13:14.555).
1. David Ryan (12:23.077)
2. R. Vijay Shekar (12:23.678)
3. R. Shiyam (12:54.380)
1. Mervin Kirani (12:47.854)
2. R. Vijay Shekar (13:12.758)
3. Reuben Rocky (13:33.948).