Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally 2017 on 2nd July, 2017 – Rank outsider Venkatesh Shetty wins Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally

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By Ashok Punatar Mob: 9820746494 Email: ashokpunatar@yahoo.com

Favourites took a beating in the 28th Gulf Oil Lubricants Monsoon Scooter Rally, organised by Sportscraft, on Sunday. Rank outsider Venkatesh Shetty of Lorraine’s Racing, riding an Aprilia SR 150, overcame a strong field that included a host of former champions and tough conditions to emerge triumphant in the popular two-wheeler time trial, run over the backwoods of Navi Mumbai.

In a field of 54 riders , the Mumbai rider, rode judiciously over the dirt tracts to win the grueling 35-km rally in a timing of 25 minutes and 15 seconds in penalties.

In the process he left former champions Syed Asif Ali, Shamim Khan, Rustom Patel, Manjeet Singh Bassan and Avtar Singh in the cold.

Pune’s Pinkesh Thakkar of Team Ceat, also riding an Aprilia SR 150, was second in 00: 25: 43 seconds and defending champion Syed Asif Ali of TVS Racing, astride a TVS 4SXR 150, third in 00:25:44 seconds.

Nashik’s Shamim Khan, who was looking to win the event for the fourth time, finished fourth astride an Aprilia SR 150 in 00:25:55 seconds, while Erimal Shekharan of Team Ceat, astride an Aprilia SR 150, placed fifth in 00:25:56 seconds.

The rally was flagged off by from Hotel K Star in Belapur CBD by popular Radio Jockeys Rohit and Harshit.

Heavy rain over the last few days made riding on the gravel-laden, winding course dicey. Under the circumstances, riders had to exercise extreme caution and control while negotiating the steep inclines, hairpin bends and water-logged stretches they encountered along the course. Some of them took a tumble or two and some even damaged their scooters in their bid to clock good timings in the competitive sectors.

For the record, only 49 of the 54 riders completed the race. Among them were 22 first timers, of which 18 completed the course.

There were two women who braved the challenge admirably. Mumbai’s Nidhi Shukla of Team Ceat, riding a Honda Activa, completed the course in 00:37:13 seconds, while Priya Gala, astride a Suzuki Access, was home in 00:42:19 seconds.

Special mention must be made about the first-timers who went through the motions with equal élan. The best of them was Kolhapur’s Aniket Korgaonkar, astride a TVS Jupiter. He completed the course in 00:32:27 seconds and was deservedly awarded the late Firdosh Vajifdar trophy and adjudged the best Kolhapur rider for his spirited effort.

Former champion Rustom Patel of TVS Racing, astr4ide a TVS Wego, was adjudged the best Mumbai riders, having finished sixth in 00:26.44 seconds.

Speaking during lunch later, the riders applauded the challenge Sportscraft had plotted. They asked how they were to able to chalk out such a challenging course, which even utility vehicles would have found difficult to negotiate.

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Prize winners

GULF MONSOON SCOOTER RALLY – 02 JULY 2017
FINAL RESULTS
POSITION COMP NO NAME OF THE RIDER MAKE TEAM CITY TIME
OVERALL WINNERS
1st – TROPHY & Rs. 22500 102 VENKATESH SHETTY APRILIA SR 150 LORRAINES MUMBAI 0:25:15
2nd – TROPHY & Rs. 18000 56 PINKESH THAKKAR APRILIA SR 150 CEAT PUNE 0:25:43
3rd – TROPHY & Rs. 13000 51 SYED ASIF ALI TVS 4SXR 150 TVS BHOPAL 0:25:44
4th – TROPHY & Rs. 8000 52 SHAMIM KHAN APRILIA SR 150 - NASHIK 0:25:55
5th – TROPHY & Rs. 5000 53 ERIMAL SHEKHARAN APRILIA SR 150 CEAT NAVI MUMBAI 0:25:56
CLASS S1 – 81CC UPTO 110CC – 2 STROKE, GROUP – C
1ST – TROPHY & RS. 5000 57 ROHAN THAKUR KINETIC MARVEL CEAT MUMBAI 0:29:59
2ND – TROPHY & RS.4000 58 NILESH THAKARE KINETIC HONDA CEAT NASHIK 0:31:43
3RD – TROPHY & Rs. 3000 65 KUNAL RAO KINETIC MARVEL CEAT MUMBAI 0:32:09
CLASS S2 – 111CC UPTO 160CC – 2 STROKE, GROUP – C
1ST – TROPHY & RS. 5000 59 MANJIT SINGH BASSAN LML VESPA CEAT MUMBAI 0:30:20
2ND – TROPHY & RS.4000 103 LOVEPREET SINGH SALL LML VESPA - MUMBAI 0:32:56
3RD – TROPHY & Rs. 3000 78 JASKARAN SINGH LML NV - BHOPAL 0:35:03
CLASS FSG – 80CC UPTO 160CC – 4 STROKE, GROUP – C
1ST – TROPHY & RS. 5000 102 VENKATESH SHETTY APRILIA SR 150 LORRAINES MUMBAI 0:25:15
2ND – TROPHY & RS.4000 56 PINKESH THAKKAR APRILIA SR 150 CEAT PUNE 0:25:43
3RD – TROPHY & Rs. 3000 51 SYED ASIF ALI TVS 4SXR 150 TVS BHOPAL 0:25:44
BEST LADY RIDER ENTERING IN TWO WHEELER RALLY
1ST – TROPHY & RS. 5000 70 NIDHI SHUKLA HONDA ACTIVA CEAT MUMBAI 0:37:13
2ND – TROPHY & RS.4000 73 PRIYA GALA SUZUKI ACCESS MUMBAI 0:42:19
3RD – TROPHY & Rs. 3000
BEST PERFORMANCE BY THE FIRST TIMER ENTERING IN TWO WHEELER RALLY
LATE FIRDOSH VAJIFDAR
TROPHY & Rs. 4000
76 ANIKET KORGAONKAR TVS JUPITER - KOLHAPUR 0:32:27
BEST MUMBAI RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 64 RUSTOM PATEL TVS WEGO TVS MUMBAI 0:26:44
BEST THANE & NAVI MUMBAI RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 60 VIKRAM JIT BOPARAI LML NV CEAT THANE 0:36:18
BEST NASHIK RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 110 SHASHANK SHEVALE MAHINDRA RODEO - NASHIK 0:28:40
BEST BHOPAL RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 55 MUZAFFAR ALI TVS WEGO CEAT BHOPAL 0:32:16
BEST BANGALORE RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 - - - - - -
BEST KOLHAPUR RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 76 ANIKET KORGAONKAR TVS JUPITER - KOLHAPUR 0:32:27
BEST PUNE RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 84 KRISHNA MALVE APRILIA SR 150 - PUNE 0:36:58
BEST DEHRADUN RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 90 RISHABH RAWAT LML VESPA - DEHRADUN 0:44:11
BEST SANGLI RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 82 MOHASIN SHAIKH KINETIC HONDA - SANGLI 0:36:48
BEST RAIGAD RIDER
TROPHY & RS. 2500 101 AJINKYA KULKARNI HONDA AVIATOR - RAIGAD 0:39:49

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