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Ahamed tops Pro-stock 400cc race in Round 1 of INMRC

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KY Ahamed (33), en route to his Pro-Stock 301-400cc race win in Round 1 of the INMRC, in Coimbatore, on Sunday.

New Delhi: An inspired KY Ahamed won the premium Pro-Stock 301-400cc race in Round 1 of the MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) that concluded at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore on Sunday, a media release said. Ahamed’s teammate and seven-time national champion Japan Kumar had something to cheer during the wretched weekend by clinching the Pro-stock 165cc race.

After leading in both the Pro-stock races, Japan finished third in the 165cc class and sixth in the 301-400cc race in the practice round on Friday. A snapped chain and a collision with another rider cost him definite victories.

On Sunday, he suffered engine problems in the second 301-400cc race when he looked set for victory to finish fourth. However, he ignored these incidents to post a superb win in the second 165cc race, which was reduced to three laps from the scheduled 12 due to crashes leading to red-flag.

“Yes, it is a big relief to finally win a race this weekend. Things haven’t gone my way and so, I was determined to come good. I opened up a good lead at the start and again on restart after the red flag stoppage,” said Jagan.

Ahamed, who admires Jagan, paced himself well to win the 301-400cc race ahead of teammate Deepak Ravi Kumar and Satyanarayana Raju (Gusto Racing). Both Ravi Kumar and Ahamed, who finished the first race in that order were subsequently disqualified, as their bike failed the post-race scrutiny on technical violence. Consequently, Raju was declared a winner.

Ann Jennifer, winner of the INMRC girls race

Earlier, in the last year’s championship in girl’s category, Ann Jennifer led a 1-2 finish for Sparks Racing along with Ryhana Bee despite a poor start. Jennifer was the last to leave from the grid when the lights went out with her bike stuck in neutral gear. However, she recovered quickly and eased her way to the front to carve out a fine win with Bee.

While, Bengaluru’s Annish Samson (Team Speed Up Racing) won in the Stock 165cc class (Race 2) for Novice riders after a tough fight. Private entrant Manoj Y came in second ahead of Saturday’s Race 1 winner Vijay S (Sparks Racing). Meanwhile, Lal Nunsanga overcame stiff challenge from Varoon to claim the IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup (CBR 150cc).