Bhopal’s Mujaffar Ali and Bangalore’s Pramod Joshua came up with a brilliant display in the Gulf Cup ‘Clash of the Titans’ in Bhopal on Sunday to emerge the undisputed kings of dirt track motorcycle racing in India.
Joshua, H K Pradeep, Mujaffar Ali from Bangalore and Bhopal, who showed the class champions are made of in the previous legs in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Nashik. again proved a distinct class above the field featuring only the top riders from the previous rounds in this final leg, organized by Sportscraft, Mumbai, in association with Bhopal Automobile Sports Club at the BHEL Dushera ground, Govindpura.
Besides winning the Indian Expert Class Group A Foreign Motorcycles upto 260 cc, Joshua also won the Indian Expert Class Group B upto 260cc 2 & 4 stroke. Like in all the previous rounds, the Bangalore rider, astride a TVS was a clear winner in the Indian Expert class Group A for foreign motorcycle despite being challenged all the way by Pradeep, who finished second, and R Nataraj, who placed third.
Joshua was always under pressure as he went through the motions on the serpentine course but, to his credit, did well to strike the perfect balance on the sharp bends and stay ahead of the rest of the field and come out trumps.
If his first race was rather easy, his second outing in the Indian Expert Class Group B was a close affair. Sudeep Kotegar, who ran him close in the previous rounds, tailed him right through, but again had to settle for second best. Vishal Barguje took third place.
Much was anticipated from this Clash of the Titans, and none disappointed as they went through the motions on a specially-laid out course at high speeds, their superbly prepared bike raising a dust storm all over.
The course laid out by organizers Sportscraft was really tough. In addition to the sharp bends there was also loose gravel and water-logged areas which made riding a dicey proposition, but all riders displayed excellent skills to come through this test of man and machine in flaying colours.
If the experienced riders, like Joshua, Pradeep, Ali and Nataraj dazzled, young novice Murthy R was equally good as he won Novice championship for bikes upto 165cc 2-stroke and upto 130cc.
Maninder Singh won the Private Expert Class for foreign motorcycles 260cc 2 & 4 stroke, beating back a strong challenge from Vineeth Kurup and Jatin Jain, who finished second and third respectively.
Mujjafar Ali won the Private Expert Class Group B upto 260cc 2 & 4 stroke, with Firoz Khan and Jes David coming in second and third place respectively. Ali was indeed brilliant in winning all the four races he participated in and thus won the maximum races in the event. He certainly proved himself on the National motor sports scenario and will be the one to watch out for in events to follow.
While the goodly crowd that turned up was appreciative of the event, the riders too were all praise for Sportscraft’s conduct of the Gulf Cup which saw four legs being held at different venues and culminating with the Clash of the Titans. They all thanked both Gulf Oil and Sportscraft for giving motorcycle riders an opportunity to parade their skills and expressed hope that the event will be held next year too.
|POSITION||NAME OF THE WINNER||ORIGIN|
|INDIAN EXPERT CLASS, GROUP A – FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC – 2 & 4 STROKE|
|INDIAN EXPERT CLASS, GROUP – B, MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC – 2 & 4 STROKE|
|PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS, GROUP A – FOREIGN M’CYCLES UPTO 250CC – 2 & 4 STROKE|
|PRIVATE EXPERT CLASS, GROUP B – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 260CC – 2 & 4 STROKE|
|NOVICE CLASS, GROUP – C, MOTORCYCLE 131CC UPTO 165CC – 4 STROKES|
|NOVICE CLASS, GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 130CC – 4 STROKE|
|SCOOTERS – GROUP C, UPTO 110CC 2 & 4 STROKE|
|LOCAL CLASS – GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 165CC, 4 STROKE|
|3RD||MOHD SAAD KHAN||BHOPAL|
|LOCAL CLASS – GROUP C – MOTORCYCLES UPTO 165CC , 2 STROKE|
|3RD||MOHD ALI KHAN||BHOPAL|
|* TVS RACING TEAM|