Honda-TVS battle heats up in National Motorcycle finale

Honda-TVS battle heats up in National Motorcycle finale
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Dec 14, 2018, 5:40 AM

Factory riders from Honda and TVS, along with a bunch of privateers, will fight for ultimate glory in the final round of MRF MMSC National Motorcycle Championship in Chennai this weekend.

The battle between the two automobile giants will be most evident in the flagship Super Sport 165cc category, although TVS’ current championship advantage may prove unassailable for Honda.

The Indian manufacturer’s Jagan Kumar leads the standings with 148 points and looks set to secure his seventh national title.

He sits 20 points clear of teammate KY Ahamed, with Honda rider Rajiv Sethu another 23 points adrift in third.

Two races will be held over the weekend, offering a total of 50 points, which means even Sethu has a mathematical chance of stealing the title.

Over in the Pro-Stock 165cc category, Honda’s Anish Shetty sits pretty at the top of the table with 131 points, ahead of Kevin Kannan (115) and Senthil Kumar (106), also of Honda.

Meanwhile, as many as four riders are in contention for the Pro Stock 301-400cc title. Gusto Racing teammates Satyanarayana Raju and Amarnath Menon sit first and second in the championship respectively, separated by just one point.

They are closely followed by Prabhu Arunagiri of Team Alisha Abdullah (with 114 points to Raju’s 119), with Peddu Sriharsha also having a remote chance of claiming the crown.

The INMRC title decider will also feature races in other less-prominent categories, including National Ladies, TVS One-Make and Honda India Talent Cup.

In addition, an Alisha Abdullah Inter-College race will be held at the Madras Motor Race Track featuring 11 cars, including one driven by transgender and journalist Apsara Reddy.

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