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Thread: Honda victorious in India’s first ever Endurance Race

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    Default Honda victorious in India’s first ever Endurance Race

    Honda’s attempt to captivate and enthrall the Motorsports enthusiasts in India saw them bringing the ultimate durability test to India-THE ENDURANCE RACE.

    Honda 2 wheeler collaborated with the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) and played host to India’s first ever AVT Gold Cup Million Motorcycle Endurance Race at the Madras Motor Race Track (MMRT), Chennai on February 24-25 2018.



    Endurance racing the meant to test the durability of the best of the machines and perseverance and composure of the best of the riders. In This particular
    event The race will be of 90 minutes duration, where all classes will be on the grid at the same time racing together. While each team has two riders, only one rider will be racing at a time. The second rider will replace the first as per the team’s strategy. Each rider entering the track during the race has to complete a minimum of 20 minutes before changing over to the other rider. The maximum time that a rider can ride continuously is 45 minutes.



    Elaborating on Honda’s promoting Endurance Race,
    Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Customer Service, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. Said: “This race has been extremely important for Honda2Wheeler India team. We wanted to reinforce our position in the upcoming racing season. This event has given us an opportunity to test the supremacy of both our machines and riders. We are confident that this exposure will facilitate our riders to be in top notch position and spearhead our position in motorsports in India.”



    The race was spread across the
    below mentioned categories:
    (i) 4 Stroke Stock up to 165cc (ii) 4 Stroke Pro Stock up to 165cc
    (iii) 4 Stroke Pro Stock 300 – 400cc (iv) Honda CBR250R.

    The top three finishers
    of each category were awarded complete with a podium celebration held after the race. Honda’s Ten10 Racing Team stole the show when they became overall winners and additionally being victorious in two of the categories-4 Stroke Pro Stock up to 165cc & Honda CBR250R. Overall winners S Mathana Kumar & B Aravind from the Honda Ten10 Racing team were additionally awarded Rs.50000 as start money. The results of the race are as follows :

    Honda CBR250R category winners:

    POSITION TROPHY
    1st – Winner’s Trophy S Mathana Kumar & B Aravind
    2nd– Runner-up Trophy Kishor VS & Anthony Peter
    3rd– Second Runner-up Trophy Senthil Kumar C /AS Alexander

    4 Stroke Pro Stock up to 165cc category winners:

    POSITION TROPHY
    1st – Winner’s Trophy Yashas RL & K Kannan
    2nd– Runner-up Trophy A Amala Jerald & C Rajkumar
    3rd– Second Runner-up Trophy Sarath Kumar & PK Mithun

    Photos :
    Madras Motor Sports Club

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    Default Re: Honda victorious in India’s first ever Endurance Race

    Along with the race, wished they had confirmed about the CBR250 relaunch .

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    Seems good, hopefully engaging in racing will get more investment in the Indian market and open up new products. Through racing at times data is available which is not found anywhere else, which can lead to region specific innovations.

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    Default Re: Honda victorious in India’s first ever Endurance Race

    Why dont Honda hold track days for cbr 250r owners? Ktm have orange day, just a thought.

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    Default Re: Honda victorious in India’s first ever Endurance Race

    Reading the title of the news i was expecting something more 'enduring', like some multi day ride across different terrain!
    A 90 minute ride around a race track? That's endurance ? Shame Shame puppy shame honda.

    Maybe these folks should look up a 'endurance' that i was part of along with @Sarvajit , @Ajay Vishwanath et all.. https://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/...lum-caves.html


    I remember the karizma was involved in more enduring test, iirc it was 24hr non stop ride around a track.. this was atleast worth the 'endurance' tag.
    https://www.heromotocorp.com/en-in/p...9-2003-48.html


    This imo seems more of a marketing gimmick rather than any real 'endurance'.

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    ^^ Dude, how long have you lasted on a track day in full attack mode? This is a race at a pro level on a closed circuit, not a rally.
    90 min may not be much, but it’s a start before we get to level of Suzuka 8hr et al.
    And the karizma 24 hr run was done on high speed oval proving ground if I’m not wrong. That is purely for endurance of bike, racing is different, it’s bike and rider on their limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motodreams View Post
    And the karizma 24 hr run was done on high speed oval proving ground if I’m not wrong. That is purely for endurance of bike, racing is different, it’s bike and rider on their limits.
    so the karizma went around the oval by itself ?

    I don't have to last on a 'track day' for 90 minutes (and in this case it was two riders allowed.. an even bigger joke).. I am here today after enduring longer runs on our treacherous roads and highways. Ever ridden in the dark on a two lane highway for 3 hours nonstop on a two wheeler.. well now demands more focus and pushes the rider to certain limits.

    Am not arguing,Well, it's just that my perception of endurance differs from yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s1d View Post
    so the karizma went around the oval by itself ?

    I don't have to last on a 'track day' for 90 minutes (and in this case it was two riders allowed.. an even bigger joke).. I am here today after enduring longer runs on our treacherous roads and highways. Ever ridden in the dark on a two lane highway for 3 hours nonstop on a two wheeler.. well now demands more focus and pushes the rider to certain limits.

    Am not arguing,Well, it's just that my perception of endurance differs from yours.
    Your examples/ experience relate more to rallying, not road racing. Everyone has had their fair share of riding on tough terrains.
    I’m not undermining those or the Karizma run, but that’s not ‘endurance racing’.
    Yes 90 min is not much compared to other events across the world, but it’s not like it won’t increase in the future. This is a first step.
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