Team Suzuki Press Office – August 8.

Suzuki Motorcycle India returned to Kari Motor Speedway with JK Tyre Motorsport for the second round of some superb racing with the JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup and Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup.

After a successful beginning to the season - and the new partnership between Suzuki Motorcycle India and JK Tyre Motorsport - both teams were eager to get back on the racetrack and witness the progress of the riders on their Suzuki Gixxer SF race machines.

The riders themselves had an action-packed weekend beginning with multiple Practice Sessions and Rider Briefing on Friday. Saturday hosted Qualifying sessions followed by Race 1 for both categories. The weekend culminated on Sunday for both categories with Race 2 and the Prize Distribution and Press Conference where the riders shared their race strategy and overall experience of racing with Suzuki Gixxer Cup and JK Tyre Motorsport.

In the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup, Race 1 witnessed two tight battles between Jaden Gunawardena, Lalhruaizela, Lalnunsanga and Varoon for third position. This time, Lalhruaizela from Mizoram, upped his game and was close on the heels of Jaden providing a spectacular showdown to the finish line with just 1/100th of a second between the top two finishers.

Race 2 had Lalhruaizela and Varoon S fighting for second position all throughout and Jaden took advantage of their spat and clinched the win by a comfortable margin of 3 seconds. At the end, Lalhruaizela got the better of Varoon and took 2nd with a lead of 0.8 seconds only.

The Suzuki Gixxer Gup Race 1 went in favour of Joseph Matthew once Malsawmdawngliana crashed out on lap one after taking pole in qualifying. There was a very intense battle for second spot between Sanjeev Mhatre, Lalmawipuia and Sachin Chaudhary all within half a second of each other. The final two spots on the podium were occupied by Sanjeev and Lalmawpuia.

Race 2 of Suzuki Gixxer Cup displayed excellent lap times with Malsawmdawngliana timing the fastest lap and coming in second despite having started from 21st on the grid! But he was unable to catch Joseph Matthew who won with a lead of two seconds. The third position was taken by Sanjeev Mhatre.

Last year’s Road to Rookies Cup winner Sachin Chaudhary also improved his performance and finished both Open races in 4th. He is confident that he will fight for the podium in the coming rounds.

Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 1
Laps: 8
1st: Jaden Gunawardena 11:41:889
2nd: Lalhruaizela 11:41:899
3rd: Lalnunsanga 11:48:028
Best Lap: Jaden Gunawarden 1:25:470 @ 88.452 km/hr Average Speed

Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 2
Laps: 8
1st: Jaden Gunawardena 11:41:707
2nd: Lalhruaizela 11:44:708
3rd: Varoon S 11:45:563
Best Lap: Lalhruaizela 1:25:809 @ 88.103 km/hr Average Speed

Suzuki Gixxer Cup Race 1
Laps: 7
1st: Joseph Matthew 10:04:423
2nd: Sanjeev Mhatre 10:09:661
3rd: Lalmawipuia 10:09:955
Best Lap: Joseph Matthew 1:24:070 @89.925 km/hr Average Speed

Suzuki Gixxer Cup Race 2
Laps: 7
1st: Joseph Matthew 10:10:863
2nd: Malsawmdawngliana 10:13:064
3rd: Sanjeev Mhatre 10:15:725
Best Lap: Malsawmdawngliana 1:24:256 @ 89.727 km/hr Average Speed

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