2018 Gixxer Cup Off to a Blazing Start

Coimbatore, July 10, 2018: Neither rain-interruptions, nor the overcast conditions could dampen the spirit of either the riders, or the sell-out crowd as the 2018 season of the Gixxer Cup kick-started in an emphatic fashion at the Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore this weekend. Defending champion Joseph Matthew continued his fine run of form from last-year, overcoming a highly competitive grid, and challenging racing conditions to eke out impressive victories in Race 1 and Race 2 of the season opener of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup. In Suzuki Gixxer Redbull Road to Rookies, it was Zothanmawia from Aizwal, who took the top-honours in both, the Race 1, and Race 2 conducted this weekend.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup 1 (Copy)

In the Race 1, Matthew, who hails from Chennai, had established a strong lead in the initial laps itself, which he held on to, clocking 14:15:877 minutes over 10 laps. The fight for the second-spot had been a more closely contested affair between Aizwal’s Malsawmdawngliana (14:19:122) and Bengaluru’s Syed Muzamil Ali (14:19:181), with the former prevailing by a margin of just 59 milliseconds. It was a similar story in the Race 2 as well, with Matthew leading from start-to-finish, clocking 14:16:799 seconds, which also included this weekend’s best lap-time of 1:23:411 minutes. However, it was a role-reversal for the second and third spot as this time Syed Muzamil Ali (14:18:749) managed to narrowly edge past Malsawmdawngliana (14:18:951) in an exciting finish.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2 (Copy)

At the end of Round 1 of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, Joseph Matthew leads the championship table with 20 points with Syed Muzamil Ali and Malsawmdawngliana in keen pursuit at 14 points each. Anthony Lalawmpuia, from Aizwal with 8-points occupies the fourth-spot, followed by Clinton Cordeiro with 7-point at the fifth-spot. Vidhan Dubey from Bhopal, and Sanjeev Mhatre, from Mumbai are tied at 6-points each.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup 3 (Copy)

Meanwhile, the Suzuki Gixxer Redbull Road to Rookies, was completely dominated by Zothanmawia. During Race 1, he clocked 14:23:901 minutes, while in the Race 2, he clocked 14:36:129 minutes including the round’s best lap time of 1:24:176 minutes. Aizwal’s PC Andy Lalhmangaihsang (14:47:701) emerged second in the Race 1 ahead of Jerome Vanlalrengpuia from Lawngtla, (14:50:264); while in the Race 2, Jerome from Lawngtla (15:04:514) wrested the second-spot from PC Andy Lalhmangaihsang (15:13:476) who finished third.

Suzuki Gixxer Cup_Round 1_(L to R) - Malsawmdawngliana, Joseph Matthew and Syed Muzamil Ali with Deepali Mishra, Head of Marketing, SMIPL  (Copy)

Suzuki Gixxer Cup:

 

Race 1: (10 Laps)

 

Position Name Total Time Fastest Lap Time
First Joseph Matthew (Chennai) 14:15:811 1:23:707
Second Malsawmdawngliana (Aizwal) 14:19:122 1:24:419
Third Syed Muzamil Ali 14:19:181 1:24:354

 

Race 2: (10 Laps)

Suzuki Gixxer Redbull Road to Rookies_Race 1 - (L to R) Jerome Vanlalrengpuia, Zothanmawia and PC Andy Lalhmangaihsang with Deepali Mishra, Head of Marketing, SMIPL  (Copy)

 

Position Name Total Time Fastest Lap Time
First Joseph Matthew (Chennai) 14:16:799 1:23:411
Second Syed Muzamil Ali (Bengaluru) 14:18:749 1:23:636
Third Malsawmdawngliana (Aizwal) 14:18.951 1:23:825

 

 

Suzuki Gixxer Redbull Road to Rookies Cup

 

Race 1: (10 Laps)

 

Position Name Total Time Fastest Lap Time
First Zothanmawia (Aizwal) 14:23:901 1:24:775
Second PC Andy Lalhmangaihsang (Aizwal) 14:47:701 1:26:163
Third Jerome Vanlalrengpuia (Lawngtlai) 14:50:264 1:26:801

 

Race 2: (10 Laps)

 

Position Name Total Time Fastest Lap Time
First Zothanmawia (Aizwal) 14:36:129 1:24:176
Second Jerome Vanlalrengpuia (Lawngtlai) 15:04:514 1:26:717
Third PC Andy Lalhmangaihsang (Aizwal) 15:!3:476 1:27:657

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