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Venkatesh Shetty wins Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally 2017


Shetty outpaced a host of former champions with his Aprilia SR 150 and finished first, taking 25 minutes and 15 seconds

 

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The 28th edition of Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally was organised by Sportscraft, the previous day. The 35km-long two-wheeler time trial rally was conducted in the backwoods of Navi Mumbai and was flagged off from Hotel K Star in the Central Business District of Belapur by popular Radio Jockeys Rohit and Harshit. Heavy rains over the last few days made riding on the gravel-laden, winding course even more challenging. Under the circumstances, riders had to exercise extreme caution and control while negotiating steep inclines, hairpin bends and water-logged stretches they encountered along the course. Some of them took a tumble or two and some even damaged their scooters in their bid to clock good timings in the competitive sectors. A total of 54 riders competed in the race, out of which 49 completed. There were 22 first timers and among them, 18 completed the course. Also read: Aprilia SR 150 Race: Road Test Review

 

 

 

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Venkatesh Shetty of Lorraine’s Racing, riding an Aprilia SR 150, outpaced former champions Syed Asif Ali, Shamim Khan, Rustom Patel, Manjeet Singh Bassan and Avtar Singh, and finished first, with a timing of 25 minutes and 15 seconds (after deducting penalties). 

Pune’s Pinkesh Thakkar of Team Ceat, also riding an Aprilia SR 150, finished second with a timing of 00:25:43 seconds, and defending champion Syed Asif Ali of TVS Racing was just one second behind, astride a TVS 4SXR 150, and finished third with a time of 00:25:44 seconds. 

 

 

 

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Nashik’s Shamim Khan, who was looking to win the event for the fourth time, finished fourth on an Aprilia SR 150 in 00:25:55 seconds, while Erimal Shekharan of Team Ceat, finished fifth in 00:25:56 seconds with his Aprilia SR 150.

There were two women who braved the challenge admirably. Mumbai’s Nidhi Shukla of Team Ceat, riding a Honda Activa, completed the course in 00:37:13 seconds, while Priya Gala, astride a Suzuki Access, was home in 00:42:19 seconds.

The first-timers too went through the rally with equal élan. The best of them was Kolhapur’s Aniket Korgaonkar, astride a TVS Jupiter. He completed the course in 00:32:27 seconds and was awarded the late Firdosh Vajifdar trophy and adjudged the best Kolhapur rider for his spirited effort.

 

 

 

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Former champion Rustom Patel of TVS Racing, riding a TVS Wego, was adjudged the best Mumbai rider, having finished sixth in 00:26.44 seconds.

Photo courtesy: Shrikant Karani‎/ Narayan Bhat- Sportscraft India

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