Nashik goes airborne with Gulf Supercross
Nashiks newly formed Kute Supercross track played host to the inaugural Gulf Supercross last weekend. The event was organised by Sportscraft with the FMSCI and even NASA playing a vital part. Yes, you read right, NASA - Nashik Automotive Sports Association. In addition to the Supercross being the first undertaking of its kind in India for the petroleum giants, it marked the maiden event for the 800meter (approx) track that was built on the outskirts of the city by some enthusiastic Nashik-based bikers.The Supercross was divided into two groups – A and B – based on rider expertise, that were further divided into categories based on bike modifications and cubic capacity. Every group category had two races. Once the dust had settled after a total of 96 participants took to the course on their 2 and 4-stroke machines, it was (yet again) the boys from Bangalores TVS Racing - K P Aravind, Harith Noah, Promod Joshua and R Natraj on TVS RTR bikes – who put on a fantastic show, in terms of actual competition, and showboating for the crowd.
Here are the results\:In the first moto in the Indian Expert Foreign Class (upto 500cc), TVS Racings Harith Noah managed to stay ahead of his teammates K P Aravind and Promod Joshua who finished in 2nd and 3rd. In the second moto too things looked to be finishing in that order, however, K P Aravind put the hammer down brilliantly later on and got out ahead of Noah in the second last lap of the nine-lap race. Joshua took third place.K P Aravind shared top spot with Harith in the overall standings in Indian Expert Foreign Class (upto 500cc), he stood alone atop the podium in the Indian Expert Class (upto 260 cc). Joshua placed second, and TVS teammates R Natraj and S Madhu shared 3rd third spot.Jignesh Patel from Nagpur won both motos in the Private Foreign motorcycles 250cc class on his KTM SXF, while Punes Abhijitsinh Jadav came home second on his Yamaha RX 135, while local boy Ganesh Lokhande took third on his Honda CRF.In the Private Expert upto 260cc class, Aurangabads Aakash Satpude quite literally coasted over the finish line astride his TVS Apache, with Narendra Singh Pawar of Indore and Shamlal Pardeshi of Pune eventually following him across the line.In the Local Nashik class, Ganesh Lokhande finished before Aditya Thakkar and Anish Nair to emerge a hometown hero. Mumbais Kshitij Shukla took home his 1st in the Novice class trophy, with Bhopals Syed Asif Ali and Punes Mohammed Faisal taking second and third respectively.