Chennai, 22 January 2017: In a thrilling conclusion to the Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2016, Suzuki Motorcycle India hosted Round 5 of the one-make race at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai on Sunday as part of the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2016.
The Suzuki Gixxer Cup which began its second season in June and had a total of 10 races each in Gixxer Open and Gixxer Novice classes.
The Open Category saw Aaron Gunawardena win Race 1 of the final round, cruising ahead of R Rajinikanth by over 2 seconds. Race 2 witnessed a nail-biting finish between Aaron, Rajinikanth and Vivian with Aaron overtaking on the last corner and clinching the win with 1/10th of a second ahead of R Rajinikanth.
Moreover, it was a closely contested season, Meka Vidhuraj was crowned the Open Championship winner of the season by securing a commendable 176 points, 23 points ahead of R Rajinikanth, who took the runner-up trophy with 153 points and Vivian Gladwin won third place overall with 144 points.
Race 1 of the Novice Category was won by Joseph Mathew with a commendable margin of 10+ seconds and Vishal S coming in 2nd. Race 2 was more closely fought with Joseph Mathew’s winning lead cut down to 1 second by Amarnath Rajan in 2nd place. Joseph Mathew deservingly won the Novice Championship with a staggering total of 200 points. Amarnath Rajan was the Novice Championship Runner Up with 144 points, and Clinton Cordeiro got the Championship 2nd Runner Up at 73 points.
Both Open and Novice Champions go home with Suzuki Gixxer SF and Suzuki Gixxer motorcycles respectively, while the winners of the 2nd and 3rd positions take cash prizes of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 10,000 each.
Provisional results: Novice (Race 1, 4 Laps): 1. Joseph P Mathew 9:11.643; 2. Vishal S 9:22.692; 3. Alexander AS 9:24:259; Best Lap: Amarnath Rajan 2:12:973 (100.6 kmph).
Novice (Race 2, 4 Laps): 1. Joseph P Mathew 9:16.665; 2. Amarnath Rajan 9:17.967; 3. Alexander AS 9:19.629. Best Lap: Amarnath Rajan 2:13.338 (100.2 kmph).
Open (Race 1, 6 Laps): 1. Aaron Gunawardena 14:01.800; 2. R Rajinikanth 14:04.201; 3. Meka Vidhuraj 14:08:988. Best Lap: Aaron Gunawardena 2:11.584 (101.6 kmph).
Open (Race 2, 6 Laps): 1. Aaron Gunawardena 13:37.638; 2. R Rajinikanth 13:37.715; 3. Vivian Gladwin 13:38:097. Best Lap: R Rajinikanth 2:10:912 (102.1 kmph).