Suzuki Gixxer Cup Round 2 Concludes at MMRT

With motorsports slowly gaining importance in India, manufacturers have been expressing renewed interests in garnering local talent. Suzuki Gixxer Cup is one such example. One of the most affordable racing series, the possibility of reaching the grassroots is pretty high. To take things to the next level they recently kicked off the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup.

Held at MMRT (Madras Motor Race Track) along with the Gixxer Cup and Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship, the event is essentially a talent hunting platform. It aims to provide young and aspiring Indian racers a launchpad to the international racing arena where 8 riders between the ages of 13 to 16 years participated in 3 races with the more experienced novice riders from the Gixxer Cup.

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Suzuki organised a special introduction and orientation workshop for the rookies. This included theory classes, track ride, sighting laps and practice sessions interspersed with feedback sessions from Suzuki’s racing instructors.

The free practice sessions which covered up majority of Thursday saw the newbies acclimatise themselves with the bikes. Older riders got more time to gain better control over the racing machines. The Novice category was won by Amarnath Rajan followed very closely by Antony Peter who was just 7/100th of a second behind. Meka crashed out of the Open race, leaving R Rajinikanth to battle with Vivian Gladwin and Vishwadev Muraleedharan for the top 3 positions.

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Aaron made it a double by winning Race 3 in the Rookie category from Varoon and Alexander. Amarnath narrowly clinched the first spot from Antony Peter with 3/100th of a second in yet another exciting Novice Race. The Open race witnessed an amazing comeback from Meka, who started last on the grid and eventually ended 2nd after Vivian Gladwin and just a tenth of a second ahead of Vishwadev!

Here are the results from this weekend’s races:

  1.      Rookie Race 1

Laps: 4

1st: Sachin Choudhary 9:19.705

2nd: Varoon 9:20.037

3rd: Alexander 09:29.225

Best Lap: Varoon 2:16.892

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  1.      Novice Race 1

Laps: 4

1st: Amarnath Rajan 9:04.774

2nd: Antony Peter 9:05.213

3rd: Joseph P Mathew 9:06.261

Best Lap: Joseph P Mathew 2:13:281 (100.3 kmph)

  1.      Open Race 1

Laps: 6

1st: Meka Vidhuraj 13:28.003

2nd: R Rajinikanth 13:28.145

3rd: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 13:28.614

Best Lap: Vivian Gladwin 2:12:232 (101.1 kmph)

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  1.      Rookie Race 2

Laps: 4

1st: Aaron Gunawardena 9:05.809

2nd: Varoon 9:23.893

3rd: Alexander 9:29.492

Best Lap: Aaron Gunawarden 2:12:772 (100.7 kmph)

  1.      Novice Race 2

Laps: 4

1st: Amarnath Rajan 9:05.810

2nd: Antony Peter 9:05.883

3rd: Peddu Sri Harsha 9:10.865

Best Lap: Amarnath Rajan 2:13.621

  1.      Open Race 2

Laps: 6

1st: R Rajinikanth 13:36:688

2nd: Vivian Gladwin 13:37:359

3rd: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 13:39.738

Best Lap: Vivian Gladwin 2:13:204 (100.4 kmph)

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  1.      Rookie Race 3

Laps: 4

1st: Aaron Gunawardena 9:07.216

2nd: Varoon 9:23.711

3rd: Alexander 9:28.228

Best Lap: Aaron Gunawarden 2:14:348

  1.      Novice Race 3

Laps: 4

1st: Amarnath Rajan 9:07.142

2nd: Antony Peter 9:07.172

3rd: C Raj Kumar 9:08:101

Best Lap: Antony Peter 2:13:971 (99.8 kmph)

  1.      Open Race 3

Laps: 6

1st: Vivian Gladwin 13:32:558

2nd: Meka Vidhuraj 13:33:316

3rd: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 13:33.408

Best Lap: Vishwadev Muraleedharan 2:13:072 (100.5 kmph)