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National Drag Racing: Summary from final round of 2020 season at MMRT

A summary of all what happened in the final round of the 2020 Drag Racing Championship.

Bengaluru’s Hemanth Muddappa (Mantra Racing) retained his overall title in the 2020 MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship which concluded at the MMRT. Muddappa ended the 2020 season which was delayed due to the pandemic with a grand double and a clean sweep in both Above 1051cc and 815-1050cc categories. He won all four outings over two rounds to underline his dominance in two-wheeler drag racing.

Aiyaz, a private entrant, clinched three titles – the 226-360cc and 361-550cc categories in the four-stroke class and the Up to 165cc (2-Stroke) – while Bharath Raj of Rulexx Rockers Racing topped in the Up to 165cc and 226-360cc classes.

The results (Provisional):

4-Stroke: Above 1051cc: 1. Hemanth Muddappa (07.879secs); 2. Baba Satagopan (08.263s); 3. Hafizullah Khan (08.362s). 815-1050cc: 1. Muddappa (08.071); 2. Zubair Ali Jung (08.202s); 3. Baba Satagopan (08.306s). 361-550cc: 1. Karthik Mateti (12.325s); 2. Aiyaz (12.360s); 3. Thulsi Ram (12.447). 226-360cc: 1. PM Soorya (12.532s); 2. J Bharatraj (12.536s); 3. Shankar Guru A (13.166s). Upto 165cc: 1. J Bharatraj (14.420s); 2. PM Soorya (14.46s); 3. R Aravind Ganesh (14.526). GIRLS (165cc): 1. Ann Jennifer (16.858s); 2. RV Czimkhy (17.077s); 3. Niveta Jessica (17.156s).

2-Stroke – Up to 165cc: 1. Aiyaz (12.959s); 2. Mohammed Touheed (13.220s); 3. Kaleem Pasha (13.224s). Up to 130cc: 1. Mohammed Rafiq (13.200s); 2. Mujahid Pasha (13.452s); 3. Mohammed Touheed (13.687).

National Champions – Hemanth Muddappa (Mantra Racing, Above 1051cc and 851-1050cc); Aiyaz (Pvt, 361-550cc and 131-165cc); J Bharath Raj (Rulexx Rockers Racing, Up to 165cc, 226-360cc); Ann Jennifer (Sparks Racing, Girls). 2-Stroke: Aiyaz (131-165cc); Mohammed Rafiq (2S, Up to 130cc).

Mantra Racing release:

Multiple National champion Hemanth Muddappa of Mantra Racing was in his elements once again winning both the gold in the top-two categories as he emerged as a deserving National Champion for the successive 4th year, in the second and final round of the MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Drag Championship at the MMRT in Chennai on Sunday. Promoters Madras Motor Sports Club successfully concluded the Drag Nationals 2020 under strict bio-bubble.

Touching speeds of 205.65kmph, the 31-year old Bengaluru-based rider, who is passionate about fitness, won the above 1051cc class with ease clocking 7.879seconds for a course of 302-metres astride a BMW, beating Baba Satagopan (8.263) to second and convincingly defeated darkhorse Hafizullah Khan who ended up third with a time of 8.362 as the fight fizzled out to a one-man show. Tuned by Sharan Pratap, who continued the legacy of popular Pratap Jayaram, Hemanth was astride a Black BMW and soon celebrated with a custom-made helmet and champion T-shirt.

In the 850 to 1050cc class, the hardworking Coorgi, Hemanth Muddappa was on a green Hayabusa clocking 8.071 for his second gold of the day. Zubair Ali Jung came second in 8.202sec while Baba Satagopan was third in 8.306sec. Hemanth won the National Drag Championship in the Feature race of Unrestricted Foreign Open class in the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 besides winning the top-two classes above 1051cc and 850to1050cc in 2018 and two more gold in the same classes today to make it his 7th National title. The Feature event, Unrestricted Foreign Open was not run this year.

"Winning can be an excellent form of motivation for a time, but the drive to be just a little bit better every single day can make you unstoppable,’’ said Hemanth Muddappa, who is celebrating with his team and tuner Sharan Pratap, who says, "It is hardwork throughout the year. For this one day and two races, we prepare the whole year.’’

In other classes, J Bharat Raj clocked 14.420 to win the gold in the 4stroke 165cc category beating PM Soorya to second and R Aravind Ganesh took third place. In the 361 to 55cc, former Racing champion Karthik Mateti of Hyderabad won the National title edging out Aiyaz while Thulsi Ram took third. In the 226 to 360cc class, PM Soorya too had a close finish over J Bharat Raj to win the National title. Shankar Guru took third place.

Provisional Unudited Results (Final run):

4stroke: Above 1051cc: 1. Hemanth Muddappa (Mantra Racing- 7.879seconds); 2. Baba Satagopan (8.263); 3. Hafizullah Khan (8.362);

4Stroke: 851 to 1050cc: 1. Hemanth Muddappa (8.071); 2. Zubair Ali Jung (8.202); 3. Baba Satagopan (8.306);

4stroke: 165cc: 1. J Bharat Raj (14.420); 2. PM Soorya (14.462); 3. R Aravind Ganesh (14.526);

4stroke: 361 to 550cc: 1. Karthik Mateti (12.325); 2. Aiyaz (12.360); 3. Thulsi Ram (12.447);

4stroke: 226 to 360cc: 1. PM Soorya (12,532); 2. J Bharat Raj (12.536); 3. Shankar Guru A (13.166).

[Image courtesy: Anand Philar] [Note: The above is as per press release with no edits made]

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