Chennai: Ami van Poederooijen, a Spaniard based in Auroville, Puducherry, took the pole position in the premium Super Sport Indian 300-400cc class following a tight qualifying session on Saturday as the Rockstar Racing team occupied the front row for tomorrow’s double-header in the fourth round of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship at the MMRT track.
Championship leader Ami, who is racing on FMSCI license, clocked a best lap of one minute, 58.156 seconds as against 01:58.605 by team-mate Abhishek Vasudev from Bengaluru and Kerala’s Amarnath Menon (01:58.685).
Meanwhile, TVS Racing’s Jagan Kumar, who heads the Super Sport Indian 165cc leaderboard, grabbed the pole position ahead of team-mate Harry Sylvester and Honda Ten10 Racing’s Mathana Kumar as the lithe rider put himself in position to seal the championship tomorrow.
Ever-improving Chennai teenager Rajiv Sethu, of Honda Ten10 Racing, lying second in the championship in the Pro Stock 165cc class, comfortably took the pole position sparing over a second to Vivek Pillai while team-mate Hari Krishnan Rajagopal completed the front row.
Sparks Racing’s Joseph Mathew topped in the qualifying session in the Stock 165cc class, followed by Hubballi’s Anish Shetty (United Tech Torque) and Soorya PM of Chennai (Speed Up Racing).
Qualifying results (Provisional):
Super Sport Indian 300-400cc: 1. Ami van Poederooijen (Auroville, Rockstar Racing) (01min, 58.156secs); 2. Abhishek Vasudev (Bengaluru, Rockstar Racing) (01:58.605); 3. Amarnath Menon (Kerala, Rockstar Racing) (01:58.685).
Super Sport Indian 165cc: 1. Jagan Kumar (Chennai, TVS Racing) (01:59.789); 2. Harry Sylvester (Chennai, TVS Racing) (02:01.270); Mathana Kumar (Trichy, Honda Ten10 Racing) (02:02.895).
Pro Stock 165cc: 1. Rajiv Sethu (Chennai, Honda Ten10 Racing) (02:03.908); 2. Vivek Pillai (Chennai) (02:05.238); 3. Mithun Kumar (Chennai, Honda Ten10 Racing) (02:06.083).
Stock 165cc: 1. Joseph Mathew (Chennai, Sparks Racing) (02:10.073); 2. Anish Shetty (Hubballi, United Tech Torque) (02:10.444); 3. Soorya PM (Chennai, Speed Up Racing) (02:11.026).
Yamaha MMSC One Make Championship (Novice): 1. Anthony Peter (Coimbatore) (02:13.361); 2. Vishal S (Chennai) (02:17.569); 3. Suresh Karthikeyan (Chennai) (02:18.077).