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Ravikumar, Mikhail take pole in Round 2 of INMRC

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Md Mikail, the fastest rider on the track, who qualified for pole position in the Honda NSF 250R class.

Chennai: The second round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2019 was off to a roaring start at the MMRT here today with the FIM Moto3-spec Honda NSF 250R bikes, participating in the Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup, raising the standard bar in a stunning fashion during the qualifying sessions.

The top five qualifiers in the NSF 250R were quicker than TVS Racing’s Deepak Ravikumar who took the pole position in the premium Pro-Stock 301-400cc class, with a best lap of one minute, 54.298secs. As against this, Chennai lad Md Mikail, only 14 years old, topped the NSF 250R qualifying clocking 01:48.889, with fifth placed Kavin Samaar Quintal posting a best of 01:53.111.

Deepak Ravikumar celebrates pole position in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc class

Also grabbing pole positions in their respective categories were Mathan Kumar of Erula Racing in the Pro-Stock 201-300cc (01:59.786), Bengaluru’s Samuel Martin (02:11.964) in the Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup CBR 150 and Venkatesan from Chennai (02:10.859) in the TVS RTR 200 (Novice). Venkatesan (02:09.660) also took pole position in the Novice (Stock 165cc) class while Ann Jennifer of Sparks Racing topped in the Girls (02:12.289) category.

Undoubtedly, the Honda NSF 250R bikes came under considerable scrutiny in their debut outing in India, and they exceeded expectations with all their eight riders, in the age-group of 12 to 18 years, putting in impressive performances.

Not the least was Sarthak Shrikant Chavan, the 12-year old schoolboy from Pune who qualified eighth in the NSF 250R class, with a flying lap of 02:01.753. It was his maiden outing in track racing after having won a junior motocross event recently.

While the timings from Free Practice dropped noticeably in the qualifying sessions, Mikail, who raced in Thailand recently along with Karthik Vasant Habib from Gadag, Karnataka, improved by nearly three seconds to take the pole position. Habib qualified second in 01:51.091, ahead of Chennai boys Varoon Sadasivam (01:52.435) and Geoffrey Emmanuel (01:52.801).

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Three people die after accident with Gaurav Gill’s car at Maxperience Rally

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Gaurav Gill.

Barmer (Rajasthan): Three people, including a minor, were killed after Indian rally driver Gaurav Gill’s car hit a motorcycle during a National Rally Championship race here on Saturday.

Gill, who became the first motorsport driver to be conferred the Arjuna award earlier this year, has been hospitalised due to the injuries sustained in the crash during the Maxperience Rally, Round 3 of the FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship.

The deceased Narendra, his wife Pushpa and their young son Jitendra were killed on the spot. The Rally has been called off due to the incident.

“Gaurav’s was the first car on Stage 1. He was driving at a speed of 145kmph while taking a sharp left turn and within 5m-10m, collided with the motorcycle, which was right on the middle of the road,” Vamsi Merla, promoter of INRC, said on Saturday.

“Gaurav tried his best to pull the brakes but because of the speed, he was unable to do anything,” he added.

The INRC promoter alleged that despite repeated warnings highlighting the closure of the road during competition, the villagers broke the barricades put in place.

“We had been giving warning about the road closure to the villagers for the past 15 days. There were field marshals but one of the deceased (Narendra) argued with them and when the marshals were looking away, the man broke the barricade and entered the track,” he said.

“It was an unfortunate incident that took place despite all the safety measures being in place,” J Prithiviraj, president of FMSCI said.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. The entire motorsports fraternity stands with them in their grief,” he added.

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Leclerc fends off Mercedes drivers to end Ferrari’s Monza win-drought

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Monza (Italy): A battling performance from Charles Leclerc saw the Monegasque claim his second win in as many weekends, taking a brilliant Italian Grand Prix victory for Ferrari, the Scuderia’s first at Monza since 2010, as he saw off a late-race push from Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.sports news in english

Leclerc became a first-time Grand Prix winner last weekend in Belgium. But while that victory would undoubtedly have been special, winning at Monza in his first race here as a Ferrari driver – claiming the Scuderia’s first Italian Grand Prix win since Fernando Alonso’s victory nine years ago – will doubtless have turned the 21-year-old Leclerc into a national hero in Italy.

For the majority of the race, it appeared as though Lewis Hamilton would once again deny Ferrari home glory. But once the five-time champion’s tyres went off in the closing stages of the race, it was left to team mate Bottas to launch a late, and ultimately unsuccessful assault, on Leclerc.sports news in english

Bottas therefore came home second, while Hamilton completed the podium – with Sebastian Vettel having dramatically spun his Ferrari out of contention for the second consecutive Italian Grand Prix early on in the race.

A fantastic day for Renault saw Daniel Ricciardo claim a season’s best fourth place ahead of team mate Nico Hulkenberg in sixth.

Despite starting eighth – rather than 17th last weekend – Red Bull’s Alex Albon ended up one place lower than he had done in Spa, coming home in sixth, ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who just managed to hold off Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who ended up eighth having started P19.

Antonio Giovinazzi chose an opportune moment to score just his second points-finish of the year, coming home ninth for Alfa Romeo, while Lando Norris completed the top 10 for McLaren.

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Moto GP: Marc Marquez claims 50th career win in Czech GP

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Honda's Marc Marquez claims 50th career win in rain-lashed Czech Grand Prix.

Brno: Honda’s Marc Marquez averred his 50th career race triumph with victory at the Czech MotoGP on Sunday after the race had originally been delayed by 45 minutes due to rain. sports world

Earlier, Marc’s brother Alex also made the most of pole position to dominate the Moto2 to register his fifth win of the season.

Defending champion, Marc defeated Ducati’s Italian Andrea Dovizioso by 2.4sec to extend his advantage at the top of the riders’ standings to 63 points with his sixth triumph of the season.

Eight-time world champion Valentino Rossi was sixth and trails Marquez by 110 points in the overall standings.

Australian Jack Miller declined Alex Rins to the third spot for his second podium of the campaign in a race cut by one lap due to adverse weather conditions. sports world

“This is definitely the better one (podium), it was nice to fight at the end,” Millar said. sports world

Alex Marquez, 23, crossed the line more than three seconds up on Italy’s Fabio Di Giannantonio with Enea Bastianini in third. sports world

“I was really concentrating from the beginning because there was some wet patches on turn one but I decided to start and keep my rhythm. I saw ‘Dovi’ was behind me and I kept pushing and pushing and pushing,” Marquez, 26, told broadcaster BT Sport.

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