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Rayan Rozario
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To be held at makeshift terrain near CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex on Sunday

All set:Team TVS Racing's big boys K.P. Aravind (left) and H.K. Pradeep ready for the MRF National Supercross challenge which begins near the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore on Sunday.— PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN
All set:Team TVS Racing's big boys K.P. Aravind (left) and H.K. Pradeep ready for the MRF National Supercross challenge which begins near the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore on Sunday.— PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

After sweating it out in Bangalore last week, the big boys of Supercross are here to excite the sport's most passionate lovers in the MRF National Supercross Championship at the makeshift terrain, near the CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex, here on Sunday.

The heat is already on with Team TVS Racing, the most dominant among the teams, set to introduce its star riders K.P. Aravind and H.K. Pradeep to the media for the super showdown.

The eight-member team has placed its victories on the shoulders of these riders. And, they are confident of reaping a rich harvest here.

“We are kind of ready. We have improved in a big way as we have started our training schedule in advance,” said the ever-smiling Aravind, the winner of the Carlton and Pannala Supercross in Sri Lanka this year.

Pradeep, who dominated in Bangalore, voiced similar feelings. “Our preparations are always for over a year. And in every race, we have upped our pace.”

“We have an astonishing 90 per cent success rate in all leading racing events in the country since inception. At times, we have even come up with a hat-trick of wins,” said Arvind Pangaonkar, Advisor R & D of Team TVS Racing.

He said racing taught the team many things. “We mostly learnt from our mistakes. Success gave us joy but mistakes helped us in getting to know things better,” he added.

Coming back to the championship, the National Supercross is the biggest off-road two-wheeler racing event in India.

It is run under the aegis of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India and organised by Sportstrek (Pune) in association with Spitfire Motorsports (Coimbatore). Shyam Kothari, the moving force behind the event, has been organising the national supercross and motocross championships in India for over a decade.

He knows how much it takes to organise an event of this magnitude. But, he has always done his job in a professional manner.

The supercross event, sponsored mainly by MRF Tyres and co-sponsored by TVS Motor Company, Sidvin (Oil & Gas) and BYBRE by BREMBO, has grown many times over all these years.

“We received over 135 entries in Bangalore and we expect a similar crowd in Coimbatore,” said Mr. Kothari. With Coimbatore being a city high on two-wheeler motor sports, a strong local challenge is expected.

It is going to be a rough ride for the participants as the circuit consists of a combination of eight double jumps, three triple jumps and one table top measuring approximately 100ft.

Pratap Bhagwat and Ashok Yande, both motocross veterans, have designed the track to ensure very high standards of racing.

Saturday will be open for official practice sessions and have qualifying rounds.

The main race begins on Sunday. Entry for spectators is free.

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