In the contest that left a packed crowd in awe of the roars of engines when the riders negotiated the challenges on the 750-metre track that was largely dry, Veer Patel made sure that he was up to the task in besting company-backed team.
For Aravind it was bad luck as he made a messy start and was pushed to the last position in the Moto 1 before he fought his way back up to finish third. In Moto 2 also, Aravind’s TVS bike was much slower than the Hondas of Patel and CD Jinan of Kerala, who finished in the second position behind the Baroda rider with 34 points.
Aravind, however, had the solace of winning the Indian Experts Group B class 3 event on his TVS RTR 160, collecting full 20 points. TVS Racing Bangalore made a clean sweep in this class as R Natraj and Harith Noah took up the second and third positions behind Aravind.
A new kid emerged in the Private Foreign Open Group A category when Javed Shailk rode his KTM SXF 250 to the chequered flag twice during the day with almost no one providing him the real challenge. Goa boy Javed collected full 40 points from Pune leg with his statemate, Allen Sequiera coming in second with 34 points. Jatin Jain of Nagpur was third and settled with 30 points.
TVS Racing Bangalore won the Novice class too when Abhijit Shetty finished ahead of Sachin Ghorpade of Kolhapur in the TVS RTR 160 and earned 20 points. Ghorpade was astride TVS Fiero, while Bangalore boy Suhail Ahmed came in third on Yamaha RX 135.