Chennai: The second, third and fourth rounds of MMSC-FMSCIIndian National Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship 2022 will be heldat the Madras International Circuit from tomorrow till December 30.
While the first round of the four-round Championship was held in July, thesubsequent outings could not be held as scheduled due to monsoon rainsand the recent cyclone that severely impacted the region.
As such, the promoters, Madras Motor Sports Club, decided to bunch theremaining three rounds and complete the championship.
Tomorrow has been set aside for practice sessions, while the followingthree days will witness final runs in Rounds 2, 3 and 4 at the end of whichthe National Champions will be declared.
As has been the trend in the championship, close to 150 entries, acrosseight categories, have been received with MMSC incentivising the ridersto compete in all the three rounds this week.
Headlining the highly competitive fields is reigning National championHemanth Muddappa representing Mantra Racing team from Bengaluru.
In the first round, Muddappa won two National championship races andone support race and he is expected to extend his domination this week.
One of the highlights of the weekend would be the 4-Stroke Unrestrictedcategory where Muddappa faces arch-rival and fellow-Bengalurean AlimonSaidalvi who won the 302-metre dash in July.
On view this week would be an array of super bikes, ranging from theSuzuki Hayabusa to Triumph to BMW, besides a host of modified Indianbikes.
In fact, Bengaluru is very strongly represented in all the categories,while riders from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chennai, fill up the restof the grids.
Two of the categories – Super Sport 851-1050cc and Super Sport166-225cc – will be run as support events.
As in the past, the 2-Stroke categories have attracted the mostnumber of entries, totalling over 60 while the Girls class (4-Strokeup to 165cc) has eight competitors.