MMSC Race Fest 2015: Ananth Raj And Vishwadev Muraleedharan Emerge As Champions In The Suzuki Gixxer Cup - Overdrive
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MMSC Race Fest 2015: Ananth Raj and Vishwadev Muraleedharan emerge as champions in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup

28 Sep 2015 / 0

The MMSC Race Fest 2015 came to an end this weekend at the Buddh International Circuit. The event hosted the final rounds of the TVS and Suzuki One-Make Championships, the fourth round of the Honda One-Make Championship and the first and only round of the Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy. Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 GP500 world champion, was present at the event.

Meka Vidhuraj leading the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) race on Sunday

Meka Vidhuraj leading the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) race on Sunday

In the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Ananth Raj won the Open category title with one race to spare after his fifth place finish on Saturday. Meka Vidhuraj won both races that weekend, while Kamlesh P Thakur took second in both. In the Novice category, Vishwadev Muraleedharan took the title after a double-win that weekend while Amarnath Menon, his closest rival, managed just one podium finish in the final round.

“Obviously, I am extremely happy to win the championship in my very first full season of racing. It was very competitive right through the season, but I put in consistent performances to win the title. I plan to move to the Asian Road Racing Championship next year, but a lot will depend on securing sponsorship,” says Muraleedharan.

Vishwadev Muraleedharan, winner of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup Novice category, flanked by second-placed Simranjeet Singh and Sebastian J

Vishwadev Muraleedharan, winner of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup Novice category, flanked by second-placed Simranjeet Singh and Sebastian J

Sarath Kumar won the championship title in the Honda CBR250 Open class, with one whole round to spare. Winning both races, he extended his lead to 65 points ahead of Sumit Lucas Toppo. In the CBR150 Novice class, Aravind Balakrishnan closed the gap between him and championship leader Sivanesan S, after a double-win. Sivanesan crashed in the second race after winning the first one on Saturday. Balakrishnan and Sivanesan now lead the scoreboard with 141 points each.

Sarath Kumar (69) of Ten10 Racing powering his way to victory ahead of team-mate Mathana Kumar (46) in the Honda CBR250 race on Saturday

Sarath Kumar (69) powering his way to victory ahead of team-mate Mathana Kumar (46) in the Honda CBR250 race on Saturday

In the TVS RTR 180 Open category, Kannan S stood seven points behind the championship leader, Aravind Ganesh, after winning the first race of the weekend. However, Kannan sealed the deal by claiming the title after winning the second race and scoring 116 points in all. Akhanda Pratap Singh took the TVS RTR 180 Novice class championship title after winning the first race and finishing sixth in the second one. The second race was cut short to three laps after an on-track incident.

The Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy came back for its third season with just one round. It comprised of four races and the competitor with the most wins took the championship. This time, it was Hisham EKP who took the title after winning three of the four races.

Provisional Results

Day 1

Honda CBR250 (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Sarath Kumar (Ten10 Racing) (12:26.034)
  2. Mathana Kumar (Ten10 Racing) (12:26.526)
  3. Rajiv S (Ten10 Racing) (12:35.431)

Honda CBR 150 (Novice, 6 laps):

  1. Aravind B (10:18.753)
  2. Sivanesan S (10:19.427)
  3. Anish Shetty (10:19.750)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Meka Vidhuraj (13:57.519)
  2. Kamlesh P Thakur (14:08.893)
  3. Rajinikanth R (14:10.221)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice, 6 laps):

  1. Vishwadev Muraleedharan (10:35.639)
  2. Amarnath Menon (10:42.936)
  3. Ajeesh A (10:43.683).

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Kannan S (13:49.524)
  2. Arun Muthukrishnan (13:49.735)
  3. Aravind Ganesh (13:50.270)

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice, 6 laps):

  1. Akhanda Pratap Singh (10:36.019)
  2. Malsawmdawgliana (10:36.170)
  3. Udipta Kumar Rath (10:36.502)

Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy:

Race 1:

  1. Mezaan Anees (14:33.311)
  2. Hashim (14:33.419)
  3. Hisham EKP (14:34.636)

Race 2:

  1. Hisham EKP (14:35.558)
  2. Hashim (14:35.878)
  3. Mezaan Anees (14:39.878)

 

Day 2

Honda CBR250 (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Sarath Kumar (Ten10 Racing) (12:53.191)
  2. Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing) (12:53.525)
  3. Dinesh Kumar D (12:58.084)

Honda CBR 150 (Novice, 6 laps):

  1. Aravind Balakrishnan (10:18.487)
  2. Piyush Ranjan (10:18.655)
  3. Anish Shetty (10:18.866)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Meka Vidhuraj (14:00.875)
  2. Kamlesh P Thakur (14:01.098)
  3. Ananth Raj (14:03.081)

Championship winner: Ananth Raj (181 points)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice, 6 laps):

  1. Vishwadev Muraleedharan (10:35.468)
  2. Simranjeet Singh (10:46.438)
  3. Sebastian J (10:46.480)

Championship winner: Vishwadev Muraleedharan (212 points)

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open, 8 laps):

  1. Kannan S (13:49.083)
  2. John Paul (14:06.145)
  3. Arun Muthukrishnan (14:08.589)

Championship winner: Kannan S (116 points)

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice, 3 laps):

  1. Malsawmdawgliana (05:20.345)
  2. Udipta Kumar Rath (10:39.283)
  3. Satish Kumar L (10:39.540)

Championship winner: Akhanda Pratap Singh (110 points)

Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy:

Race 1:

  1. Hisham EKP (14:28.826)
  2. Mezaan Anees 2 (14:29.739)
  3. Hashim (14:34.923)

Race 2:

  1. Hisham EKP (15:10.433)
  2. Deepak Papineni (15:14.209)
  3. Vibhav Parker (15:18.205)

Championship winner: Hisham EKP

MEDIA RELEASE – MMSC RACE FEST 2015 – DAY 1

NEW DELHI: International rider Sarath Kumar led a podium sweep for Ten10 Racing team as he put in a command performance to win the Honda CBR 250 Open race and light up the One-Make Championship that was run as part of the MMSC Race Fest meeting at the Buddh International Circuit, here on Saturday.

Sarath started from pole position and won in style to beat team-mates Mathana Kumar and Rajiv S. Such was Sarath’s dominance that he had the luxury of easing off midway through the nine-lap race.

“I opened up a comfortable lead after a couple of laps and later, I didn’t see any need to push too hard. I eased off a bit in the latter half of the race. I want to win the other race tomorrow and seal the championship,” said Sarath after increasing his lead to 58-point lead over his nearest rival Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing).

In the Honda CBR 150 (Novice) category, Sivanesan P picked up crucial 18 points by finishing second behind Aravind B. The placing took Sivanesan’s championship tally to 141 for a 25-point lead over Aravind.

Meanwhile, Ananth Raj sealed the championship in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) category though finishing fifth as the 10 points he earned took his tally to 166 and beyond the reach of his rivals.

Meka Vidhuraj of Andhra Pradesh won the race ahead of Kamlesh P Thakur and Rajinikanth R, but the results did not hurt Ananth Raj’s championship chances.

However, in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup for Novice riders, championship leader in this category Vishwadev Muraleedharan chalked up his fifth win of the season ahead of Amarnath Menon and Ajeesh A.

The victory took Muraleedharan’s championship tally to 187 while Menon remained within touching distance with 178 as the duo will go head to head on Sunday in the final race of the series.

The championship stakes in the TVS Apache RTR 180 series turned intriguing. Kannan S won the Open class race and moved to second spot on the leaderboard, just seven points behind Aravind Ganesh who was placed second behind Arun Muthukrishnan. The other title contender KY Ahmed came in fourth and slid to third in the championship.

The Novice race saw Akhanda Pratap Singh coming up trumps which saw him move to 102 points, 10 clear of Satish Kumar who finished a distant fourth.

Mezaan Anees along with the twins from Kerala Hisham and Hashim dominated the Toyota Etios Motor Racing trophy category with podium finishes in both the races. While Anees won the first race, Hisham took the honours in the next.

Provisional results:

Honda CBR 250 (Open) – 8 laps: Sarath Kumar (Ten10 Racing) 1 (12mins, 26.034secs); Mathana Kumar (Ten10 Racing) 2 (12:26.526); Rajiv S (Ten10 Racing) 3 (12:35.431). Honda CBR 150 (Novice) – 6 laps: Aravind B 1 (10:18.753); Sivanesan S 2 (10:19.427); Anish Shetty 3 (10:19.750).

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) – 8 laps: Meka Vidhuraj 1 (13:57.519); Kamlesh P Thakur 2 (14:08.893); Rajinikanth R 3 (14:10.221). Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) – 6 laps: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 1 (10:35.639); Amarnath Menon 2 (10:42.936); Ajeesh A 3 (10:43.683).

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) – 8 laps: Kannan S 1 (13:49.524); Arun Muthukrishnan 2 (13:49.735); Aravind Ganesh 3 (13:50.270). TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice) – 6 laps: Akhanda Pratap Singh 1 (10:36.019); Malsawmdawgliana 2 (10:36.170); Udipta Kumar Rath 3 (10:36.502).

Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy (Race 1, 9 laps): Mezaan Anees 1 (14:33.311); Hashim 2 (14:33.419); Hisham 3 (14:34.636). Race 2: Hisham 1 (14:35.558); Hashim 2 (14:35.878); Mezaan Anees 3 (14:39.878).

MEDIA RELEASE – MMSC RACE FEST 2015 – DAY 2

NEW DELHI: Vishwadev Muraleedharan, a 23-year old MBA graduate from Coimbatore, completed a fine double to clinch the rider’s title in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) category of the MMSC One-Make Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, on Sunday, the concluding day of the MMSC Race Fest.

Also clinching the championship in their respective categories were: Ananth Raj (Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open), Kannan S (TVS Apache RTR 180, Open), Akhanda Pratap Singh (TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice) and Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing (Honda CBR 250).

Muraleedharan, who topped both the races in his category this weekend, ended the season with six wins for a tally of 212 points, ahead of Kerala’s Amarnath Menon (184).

“Obviously, I am extremely happy to win the championship in my very first full season of racing. It was very competitive right through the season, but I put in consistent performances to win the title.

“I plan to move to the Asian Road Racing Championship next year, but a lot will depend on securing sponsorship,” said Muraleedharan who finished his first full season with six wins from 10 starts.

Also achieving a double this weekend was Aravind Balakrishnan in the Honda CBR 150 (Novice) category as he caught up with championship leader Sivanesan S who, after finishing second in the first race on Saturday, crashed in the second outing. Going into the fifth and final round of the series to be run in December, Aravind and Sivanesan are tied on 141 points.

Joining the list of double winners was Kannan S in the TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) category as he finished the season with 116 points, just six ahead of Aravind Ganesh.

Akanda Pratap Singh, despite finishing sixth in the truncated three-lap race for TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice) class following an on-track incident, still won the championship with 110 points, pipping Satish Kumar by a mere three points.

In the day’s last race, Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing sealed the championship by completing a double in the Honda CBR 250 category to stretch his lead to 65 points over Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing) with a round to spare.

Provisional results:

Honda CBR 250 (Open) – 8 laps: Sarath Kumar (Ten10 Racing) 1 (12:53.191); Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing) 2 (12:53.525); Dinesh Kumar D 3 (12:58.084). Honda CBR 150 (Novice) – 6 laps: Aravind Balakrishnan 1 (10:18.487); Piyush Ranjan 2 (10:18.655); Anish Shetty 3 (10:18.866).

Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open) – 8 laps: Meka Vidhuraj 1 (14:00.875); Kamlesh P Thakur 2 (14:01.098); Ananth Raj 3 (14:03.081). Championship winner: Ananth Raj (181 points). Novice – 6 laps: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 1 (10:35.468); Simranjeet Singh 2 (10:46.438); Sebastian J 3 (10:46.480). Championship winner: Vishwadev Muraleedharan (212 points).

TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) – 8 laps: Kannan S 1 (13:49.083); John Paul 2 (14:06.145); Arun Muthukrishnan 3 (14:08.589). Championship winner: Kannan S (116 points). TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice) – 3 laps: Malsawmdawgliana 1 (05:20.345); Udipta Kumar Rath 2 (10:39.283); Satish Kumar L 3 (10:39.540). Championship winner: Akhanda Pratap Singh (110 points).

Toyota Etios Motor Racing Trophy (9 laps): Hisham 1 (14:28.826); Mezaan Anees 2 (14:29.739); Hashim 3 (14:34.923). Race 2: Hisham 1 (15:10.433); Deepak Papineni 2 (15:14.209); Vibhav Parker 3 (15:18.205).


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