About 150 bikers from all over the country participated in India’s national supercross bike championship on Saturday. The event was held in Coimbatore in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
The race began amid cheers from spectators and the roar of motorcycle engines, as the racers set off on the obstacle-ridden dirt track.
The winner of the Coimbatore championship in the Indian expert category was Pramod Joshua.
[Pramod Joshua, Supercross Race Winner]:
“It’s been a great day and, yeah, I’ve just had a great day today. I was able to win and I’m going back home with 40 points to the championship, leading the championship. So definitely looking forward for the next round in Jaipur. And definitely wanting to win that race too, so that I can pull a good lead in the championship and win this year’s title.”
Other riders say the Coimbatore track was a tough one.
[C. S. Santosh, Supercross Rider]:
“The track was little tough. And the cycle motor, I think, was worn out a bit and I had a lot of rocks coming up and was very loose, and I think I got a good start but I had a flat front tire, so I crashed in the first turn and from there I picked it up, and I tried to charge back and I was in third, I was in a good position, and I thought I could try and catch the leaders but then I crashed again, and I broke my front brake calliper so I kind of ended my race right then and there.”
The MRF Super Cross National championship race has six rounds, with the first held in Bangalore and the second in Coimbatore. The third round will be held in Jaipur and the remaining three races will be held in Baroda, Goa and Pune.