The newly refurbished Madras Motor Race Track at Irungattukottai in Chennai will host the third leg of the 2013 Petronas Asia road racing championship for two-wheelers from July 12 to 14.

This year, the championship returns with an augmented race programme featuring three race classes — the developmental underbone 115cc class, the scholarship mid-level Asia Dream Cup category, and the premiere SuperSports 600cc class.

Riders from Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Taiwan and India will be participating.

“Hosting an international racing event is a big step for India and it will most certainly help stimulate the growth of motorsports in this country which is a very important market for the global motorcycle industry,” said two-wheeler Motor Racing (TWMR) Promotions Director Ron Hogg.

Vicky Chandok, President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) said, “It is great to see the Asian Road Racing Championship (ARRC) return to India at the MMRT. The ARRC is the pinnacle of two-wheeler racing in Asia and a great platform for upcoming riders to showcase their talent. These kind of events is exactly what we need to further grow the sport in India. The Underbone 115cc and Supersport 600cc races have some of the closest races and it will be a great treat for all Indian two-wheeler fans to see these guys in action.”

The practice and qualifying sessions is set to take place on June 12 and 13 with the main race on July 14.

There will be no admission fee to watch the races.