Chennai: Two global motorcycle brands, Honda
and Yamaha, will be seen in action in the Rs 17 lakh prize
money SIDVIN-FMSCI National Motorcycle Racing championships
starting here from this weekend.
Honda`s CBR150 bikes will run in the Expert category
while the CBF Stunner 125 in the Intermediate section.
Besides, Honda will also have a non-championship series for
their CB Twister (Novice category).
Addressing the media here today, Vicky Chandhok, Racing
Commission chairman, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India
and vice-president of Madras Motor Sports Club, the organisers
of the event, said the Yamaha series would be conducted in two
classes -- Novice and Expert, where liquid-cooled 150cc,
six-speed YZF-R15 bikes modified with Daytona Racing Kit will
be seen in action.
As an incentive, Yamaha would send a rider each from the
two categories for the 2010 Yamaha Asean Cup and the Asia Road
Racing Championship (600cc).
Chandhok suggested to the manufacturers of Honda and
Yamaha to consider an integrated series next year.
"We are providing you a platform and I request you to
consider cc-based championship next season," he said.
Clerk-of-the-Course Amit Arora said the National
championship will also have five different classes --? Group D
(130-165cc, 4 Stroke) Novice and Intermediate; Group B
(130-165cc, 4 Stroke) Expert; Group B (up to 135cc, 2 Stroke)
Open and Group A 600cc (Super Stock).
He said that a team championship has been introduced and
it will be based on the points accrued by the two top riders
during the series.
As of now, three teams -? Ten10 Racing, Moto-Rev India
and TVS Racing -- have confirmed their participation while a
couple of more entries are expected, Arora said.
Following is the calendar: June 4-6 (round 1); July 2-4
(round 2); July 30-August 1 (round 3); September 3-5 (round 4)
and December 3-5 (round 5).