Muraleedharan wins rider’s title in Suzuki Gixxer Cup

New Delhi, Sep 28 (IANS) Vishwadev Muraleedharan, a 23-year-old MBA graduate from Coimbatore, completed a fine double to clinch the rider’s title in the Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Novice) category of the Madras Motor Sport Club (MMSC) One-Make Championship at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida.

Also clinching the championship in their respective categories were: Ananth Raj (Suzuki Gixxer Cup (Open), Kannan S (TVS Apache RTR 180, Open), Akhanda Pratap Singh (TVS Apache RTR 180 Novice) and Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing (Honda CBR 250).

Muraleedharan, who topped both the races in his category on Sunday, ended the season with six wins for a tally of 212 points, ahead of Kerala’s Amarnath Menon (184).

“Obviously, I am extremely happy to win the championship in my very first full season of racing. It was very competitive right through the season, but I put in consistent performances to win the title,” Muraleedharan was quoted as saying.

Also achieving a double this weekend was Aravind Balakrishnan in the Honda CBR 150 (Novice) category as he caught up with championship leader Sivanesan S who, after finishing second in the first race, crashed in the second outing.

Joining the list of double winners was Kannan S in the TVS Apache RTR 180 (Open) category as he finished the season with 116 points, just six ahead of Aravind Ganesh.

Akanda Pratap Singh, despite finishing sixth in the truncated three-lap race for TVS Apache RTR 180 (Novice) class following an on-track incident, still won the championship with 110 points, pipping Satish Kumar by a mere three points.

In the day’s last race, Sarath Kumar of Ten10 Racing sealed the championship by completing a double in the Honda CBR 250 category to stretch his lead to 65 points over Sumit Lucas Toppo (Prolap Racing) with a round to spare.

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