Ikshan wins 'Road to Rookies' as off-roaders shift to track racing

COIMBATORE : This could be classified as reverse grid in motorsports parlance, but youngsters are  making moves at such an  early age that Satara rider Ikshan Shanbhag's win in the  Race 1 of the Red Bull Road to  Rookies could get counted in  the trend set by Sarthak Chavan early this season.

Both Ikshan and Sarthak followed their passion for  bikes in the national supercross championship for  years in their respective age  groups - Pune's Sarthak being the youngest at 12 in Junior SX2 category wherein he  became national champion  last year. Last month Sarthak  made a successful transformation to race track riding  after getting selected through  all-India programme by Honda as he rode the Moto3-spec  Honda NSF 250R bike to justify the shift.

On Saturday at the Kari Motor Speedway, Ikshan showed he was not far behind when he won the first race of Road to Rookies beating Pune's Aryan Gurav. Their  timings, however, couldn't be  classified due to technical issue with the timer.
 

Vishnu, Chirag win

Meanwhile, Vishnu Prasad and young Chirag Ghorpade sparkled on Day 1 of the 22nd JK Tyre FMSCI National  Championship. Syed Muzam mil Ali cruised to victory in  first round of support race,  the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup.

Chirag was the most impressive, taking pole position in the morning and winning  his first race in the Novice  Cup. The youngster won Race 2 as well to complete a double. The Formula LGB 4 race  began as a three-way tussle  between Vishnu (MSport),  Rohit Khanna (Dark Don Racing) and Ashwin (Dark Don Racing). Ashwin hung  on to the lead all the way to  the final lap. But the safety  car needed to go in and that  hurt his momentum and saw  him slip to the third place.

RESULTS

JKTyre Novice Cup:

Race 1 : 1.Chirag Ghorpade (Momentum Motorsports);  2.Aaroh Ravindra (Momentum Motorsports); 3.Mohamed Ryan (MSport)

Race 2 : 1.Chirag Ghorpade; 2.Aaroh Ravindra; 3.Parikshit Dardhalli (DTS Racing). 

JKTyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Race 1) : 1.Syed Muzammil Ali; 2.Tanay Gaikwad; 3.Amul Angadi.

JKTyre Redbull Road to Rookies (Race 1) : 1.Ikshan Shanbag (Satara), Aryan Gurav (Pune); 3.Aditi  Krishnan (Bengaluru).

LGB Formula 4 (Race 1) :  1.Vishnu Prasad (MSport); 2.Rohit Khanna  (Dark Don Racing); 3.Ashwin Datta  (Dark Don Racing).

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